Eco-Design, also known as sustainable design, uses materials that have been made with minimal or no environmental impact and that donít sacrifice style. With more than 500 pollutants
in building materials and in products we purchase and use, indoor air is approximately five times more contaminated than outdoors.
Designing interiors with our environments in mind can greatly improve indoor air quality (I.A.Q.) and make it more enjoyable to use since we spend about 90% of our time indoors.
One of our specialties is ĎEco-Luxeí design, an approach to design that lets you have it all Ė luxuriant colours and textures, cutting-edge design, durable materials and the added benefits of being sustainable.
When we think about decorating our homes, style and price are typically the two most important aspects considered.
Itís incorrect that eco-luxe design is a luxury few can afford Purchasing lower quality items can potentially become more expensive to you in the long run, both to your pocketbook and your health. A product that is inexpensive most likely has been made using components that wonít stand the test of time and would have been made using lesser quality materials and adhesives. Itís safe to say that some of these components were not sustainably manufactured and can off-gas toxic fumes in your home.
Today, many manufacturers and stores offer quality sustainable products that are less hazardous to your health and have the potential to save you money in the long run Ė because you wonít need to replace and purchase items as often, if ever.
FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council. Consumers and companies who buy FSC-certified products can be confident they are making environmentally and socially responsible purchasing decisions. Products that carry the FSC label come from forests evaluated by rigorous environmental and social standards. Itís reassuring that many well-known companies in Canada are using FSC certified wood products, including Home Depot, IKEA, Royal Bank of Canada and The Toronto Star.
Yes! Letís say you were decorating your babyís room. While you carefully choose special colours and furnishings, there are a complete range of products for babies and toddlers that wonít compromise their health. A babyís developing immune system and central nervous system are more sensitive to toxins than adults. NIKKA DESIGN can recommend safe paints, flooring, wall coverings, furniture, and other items that have minimal to zero chemical compounds, so you and your baby can breathe easy.
Ask any Workers Compensation Board in Canada Ė problems with indoor quality are rampant. Office workers in particular frequently complain of eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, dizziness and other symptoms that have been linked with exposure to volatile organic compounds and other airborne toxins. NIKKA DESIGN can help.
We have access to a complete range of furniture, flooring, water-based varnishes and safe adhesives, kitchen cabinetry, fabrics, cleaning products, energy efficient appliances and lighting, flooring -- the list goes on. Carpet tiles, shown in the side photo, are a good example of alternative flooring. One of the benefits is that soiled tiles can be washed in your dishwasher! These tiles are made of vegetable starches and nylon fibres and can be fully recycled at the end of their lifespan.
Certainly not with an interior designer who got into this field because she loves pretty things. No one cares about aesthetics more than Barbara Nyke, and she gets very excited by the gorgeous eco-friendly design materials on the market today, including: solid surface and recycled content countertops, heavy-metal free leathers, gorgeous non-vinyl not-your-grandmotherís wallpaper, to name a few. If you aspire to having an eco-friendly home, we assure you it can also be aesthetically divine.
NIKKA DESIGN can recommend eco-friendly household cleaning products for you to use. Did you know that chlorine bleach is toxic? It is a pesticide and a fungicide and contains powerful chemicals strong enough to kill fungi and molds. The safe alternative to chlorine bleach is a non-toxic, naturally-occurring bleach made from hydrogen peroxide or oxygenated bleach. Itís just as effective as standard bleach, but itís biodegradable, which means it wonít harm the environment once it enters the water system.