Going Green

Expert Overview

Being eco-friendly is more than a passing fad: it’s a philosophy that’s here to stay, and we’re seeing it in all aspects of kitchen design. Careful thought into how products are sourced has also inspired a wealth of beautiful, sustainable materials and creative ways to use them.

Think about: Every detail

Earth-friendly materials are available in a wide range of styles, from Energy Star appliances to reclaimed wood cabinetry, recycled glass countertops to non-toxic paints. Opting for skylights, which allow in more natural light, is another way to go green.

Think about: Reclaimed materials

Salvaged oak. Reclaimed copper. Recycled bottles. These types of materials are all finding second lives in the kitchen as beautiful cabinetry, shelving, countertops and decor.

Think about: Bamboo

Use of eco-friendly bamboo in everything from flooring to cabinetry to countertops is on the rise. This attractive material, a highly sustainable alternative to hard wood, has a beautiful wood grain and is also quite durable.