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07.11.2014

Upcycling, the modern approach to Home Interiors

Upcycling is taking an item that is no longer needed or wanted and giving it new life as something that is either useful or creative. This seemingly basic concept has sparked an exciting revolution with this generation, and it is something I love to use in interior design.

 

Examples of Upcycling


 Items suitable for upcycling include, old dining chairs, storage chests, old mirrors, headboards, even an old ladder could be given a new lease of life and brought into the design of a room.

But isn’t that just recycling?


Some would say that upcycling moves goods up the supply chain while recycling does not. Others would conclude that upcycling is a physical process and recycling is a chemical process. Still other definitions state that for something to be considered upcycled there must be an increase in worth or quality. Because you can find truth in all of these explanations, we use a broad definition that includes them all. Upcycling is taking an item that is no longer needed or wanted and giving it new life as something that is either useful or creative.

 

Why has Upcycling become so popular?


I really feel the increased awareness of environmental responsibility and a slow economy has led to a major increase in upcycling. Home owners are looking for ways to renovate with salvaged, and in some cases, free materials, the disposable society that we live in is a very new way of living and thank goodness we are going back to the ways of old when nothing was throw out. From green companies to your Mother’s kitchen, people are looking to save money and the planet. Upcycling does both.

 

How to Upcycle


Before buying something new, we need to consider what we already have that can be upcycled to meet our needs. Before throwing items away, we should consider possible other uses. We can learn a lot about upcycling from the past. Before bin collection was available to everyone, and goods were designed to be thrown away, nearly everyone upcycled in one way or another, but my favourite thing to do is to trawl the auctions and even the charity shops will have hidden gems from time to time. The trick is to keep an open mind when looking at beat up items. When looking at an old chair for example I ask myself how would this look with a fresh coat of paint (My favourite at the moment is the Annie Sloan Chalk paint) and new fabric. If I can visualise a funky new look for the chair no matter how tattered it looks now, I will buy it and enjoy the process of making something unique and giving more years to a once treasured piece.

 

 Top Tip of the Day:


Call to AOKI INTERIORS to talk to our experts about upcycling option for your home.

 

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