The slow living trend is not your average interior design trend. We live in a society where we are constantly tempted to buy more. Not only that, we also want everything we buy to be faster, better, cheaper and more efficient. We buy things from cheap chains like Action and Primark and we’d rather not think about how these products are produced and what impact our choices have on the environment.
Slow living started as a counter reaction to this growing mass consumption. It doesn’t literally mean we have to live our lives slowly: slow living is about living our lives more consciously by making conscious decisions and valuing our time, nature and our environment.
Slow living originates from the slow food movement. This movement was founded by Carlos Petrini in 1986, as a protest against the opening of a Mcdonald’s opposite the Spanish Steps in Rome. The slow food movement is all about treasuring traditional and regional food and the sustainable production of food, opposed to fast food chains. These days, the movement has branched out into many slow movements, like slow fashion, slow travel and slow parenting.
How do I apply slow living to my interior?
Slow shopping is about shopping more consciously. When you buy something, ask yourself: Will I still like this next year? Will it last me at least a year? By choosing quality products, like a linen tablecloth instead of a vinyl tablecloth, the things you buy will last you a lifetime.
Choosing sustainable and / or handmade products
When purchasing new items for your interior, pay attention to how they are produced. How much impact does the production process have on the environment? Our exclusive linen is produced sustainably: flax thrives in natural soil and requires little water. Our linen is also produced locally in Belgium, thus causing little pollution from transport.
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Focus on the function of a product instead of its appearance
If you want to apply slow living to your interior, focus on the functionality of your furniture and home accessories. For example, a linen tablecloth is moisture- and dirt repellent and linen bedding has good moisture- and temperature regulating qualities.
Don’t pay too much attention to interior trends
The characteristic of trends in general is that they are short-lived: if you pay too much attention to them, you will buy items for your home that you will probably no longer like in a year. Slow living is kind of an anti-trend: you choose products that are functional, that last a long time and that you will cherish for years.