Green Design Basics
LEED Accredited Designers
Most people have heard the terms “eco-friendly” or “green” interior design, but not everyone understands exactly what these phrases mean. As a team of LEED Accredited designers, eco-friendly design practices are important to us and integral to our design philosophy. Niche Interiors has put together the following guide to help you understand these terms and why you and your family might benefit from greener living.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is green or “eco-friendly” interior design?”
Green or eco-friendly interior design focuses on improving indoor air quality as well as reducing the impact that furniture purchases have on the environment.
How does it affect me?
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that most Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations. Since so much of our time is spent indoors, it’s crucial that close attention is paid to the products that we bring into our homes.
Is Niche Interiors certified in sustainable, healthy interior design?
Yes! Niche Interiors specializes in sustainable, health-conscious design. Principal designer Jennifer Jones is a LEED Accredited Professional (USGBC) and a Certified Green Building Professional (Build it Green), Senior Designer Lynn Trinh is a LEED Accredited Professional, and Design Associate Anna Warnken-Brill is a LEED Green Associate. We use our expertise to improve your indoor air quality – educating and guiding you through the process of selecting safe furnishings and finishes for your home.
I’m concerned about the health of my children. Do you offer green design services for kids’ rooms?
Yes, we do! One of our specialties is creating healthy, non-toxic nurseries and kids’ spaces. There are a variety of ways to improve the indoor air quality in a child’s room – from removing PVC roller shades to purchasing non-toxic crib mattresses.