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How to Sustainably Update Your Living Space

April 05, 2023

How to Sustainably Update Your Living Space

Updating your interiors can breathe new life into a tired and dated living space. But choosing a new colour scheme, investing in new furniture and reconfiguring the layout can sometimes seem like a daunting task! From lighting to reclaimed wood, how can we make our interiors more environmentally friendly? We're here to take the devil out of the detail and show you how you can update your interiors simply and sustainably. Because great interior design doesn't have to cost the earth...

Update Your Interiors With Reclaimed Finds

As well as being a greener and more responsible way to shop, reclamation yards are a treasure trove of unique and unusual finds. Our range of reclaimed furniture can make a room that little bit extra special and cosy, adding a unique character seldom found in newly-made items.

Reclaimed items will make your interior scheme stand apart from the rest and you'll find exactly what you're looking for (along with a few surprises) at your local reclamation yard. Whether you're looking for industrial furniture, marine artefacts or an antique dresser, reclaimed and vintage furniture can add a certain unique style and spirit to your room. Mixing and matching reclaimed pieces with your existing scheme can inject character and style, elevating your interiors and making it feel more like home. 

Unique Uses for Reclaimed Doors

Be inventive!  Reclaimed doors can be used in all manner of ways to create a talking point in your home. You can repurpose reclaimed doors to create a decorative headboard for your bed, or to front a pantry cupboard in need of an update. If you're feeling creative, why not add a length of timber and create a beautifully unique settle for your entranceway? Reclaimed doors have so many uses and can be used inside or outside to update your space.

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Paint Your Existing Furniture

Sometimes all you need for an interior update is to give existing pieces a fresh lick of paint. Introducing a pop of colour by painting your cupboards or chairs with some Annie Sloan chalk paint is a sustainable way of giving your existing furniture an update and is a cost-effective way of creating a new look. 

annie sloan paint cornwall

We are proud to be official stockists of Annie Sloan chalk paint, wall paint, product and workshop here in Cornwall. Customers old and new love the velvety, ultra-matt finish afforded by this revolutionary paint range, and the wealth of opportunity it offers. Putting time and effort into transforming an old piece into something new is so much better for the environment than investing in newly made furniture. Repurposing old items to create something uniquely 'you' will make your interior scheme shine with individuality. 

chalk paint inspiration

art deco dresser

Introduce a Reclaimed Fire Surround

Nothing sparks the cosy vibes quite like a crackling fire with an easy chair pulled up alongside. Anchor your living room with an inviting reclaimed fire surround that makes a statement all year round. Even if you don't have a functioning fire, a reclaimed fire surround styled with stacked logs, candles, plants and artwork can still make a decorative statement in your living room.

antique fire surrounds

Our impressive collection of reclaimed and antique fireplaces will ignite inspiration in all those looking for an authentic addition to their home. Whether you're looking for a cast iron fire grate or a Victorian fire surround, we have it all here at Stax.

Choose Reclaimed Bricks

Using reclaimed bricks can inject an appealing aesthetic into your project while also helping to lessen your carbon impact. Reclaimed bricks are gaining popularity among architects and designers because they provide a diversity of textures, colours, and forms that can bring character and warmth to any room.

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Whether you're looking for reclaimed bricks, ornate bricks or special bricks for a project that needs an injection of character, we have the bricks for you. Our collection of bricks is salvaged from demolition or recycling projects meaning that you can rest assured that you're buying responsibly. Whether you are looking for old bricks to create an interesting feature in the garden, or heat bricks to build a fireplace, come and see our vast collection of bricks at our reclamation yard here in Cornwall.

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Illuminate Your Interiors With Vintage Lighting

Vintage lighting is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to add character and comfort to your home and add instant retro charm. Whether you are looking for copper, glass or pewter lighting, you're sure to find a vintage lighting style which complements your living space when you shop reclaimed. 

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Combining decoration and function, home lighting design is a vital aspect of a property's interiors and can really elevate the look of your home. Careful placement of well-preserved or restored antique lighting will add charm, but ensure that you choose reclaimed vintage lighting which not only retains the essence of the original light fitting, but works perfectly safely and reliably every single day. Here at Stax we often preserve the visible signs of age that hint at the light’s first story but ensure that it is beautifully restored to become a treasured (and safe) part of your home. 

Our lighting collection has been sourced from all over the globe, covering industrial and nautical styles to salvaged chapel pendants and handmade lamps. Browse the huge collection of vintage lighting we have in store by visiting our reclamation yard in Saltash today. 

palm floor lamp
Here at Stax Reclamation we have a vast array of reclaimed artefacts perfect for your indoor projects and to add character to your home sustainably. By salvaging, repurposing and reclaiming old items, we are not only helping to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing and transporting new products, but we give beautifully unique pieces a second chance at life. Come and see what we've got in store, we hope you'll be suitably inspired for your next interior project and will be able to breathe new life into your space just in time for Spring!

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