Furnishings to help keep your home bacteria and virus-free

COVID-19 has forced us all to think about new ways to avoid germs in the workspace, public places and even in the privacy of our own homes. Fortunately, interior designers and manufacturers are responding to the demand and offering homeowners solutions to reduce the spread of germs and other harmful particles. 

Here, industry professionals share some of the more helpful ideas and innovations currently available.

Easy-to-clean and sealed surfaces

In a survey of designers conducted by the National Kitchen + Bath Association, a trade group, a majority of respondents said that easy-to-clean surfaces would be an influential trend in the wake of the pandemic. “People want something that’s easy to sanitize, such as stainless steel faces on dishwashers and refrigerators,” says Peter Salerno, a certified master kitchen and bath designer and owner of Peter Salerno, Inc. in Wyckoff. “(Decorators) often put panels on them, but non-porous surfaces are easier to clean because they don’t have crevices.”

This Summit dining room has chairs covered with wipeable Crypton fabric that resists mold and bacteria. The room, part of a home in Summit, was designed by Alexa Harris-Ralff, owner of AHR Designs in Maplewood.

Salerno also praises non-porous countertops such as quartz, which, unlike marble, limestone and granite, doesn’t have small fissures, veining or indentations. A combination of pulverized stone and resin, “Quartz is poured in a mold, and doesn’t have nature’s flaws,” he says. “It cleans like

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Interior Design Society & Sustainable Furnishings Council collaborate

The Interior Design Society and Sustainable Furnishings Council have partnered for the Sustainable Design Designer of the Year award.

After working together for several years, IDS and SFC are expanding on their collaboration to include other initiatives to educate the home furnishings industry on how to use and feature sustainable products in their businesses.

The Sustainable Design award was established to recognize designers who create high quality, environmentally conscious spaces, and encourages designers to #getyourgreenon. Winning designs take into consideration the principles of social, economic and ecological sustainability.

There will be a Sustainability Essentials webinar offered before the award submissions period to interested interior designers and industry professionals. The CEU course, “What is Sustainable Furniture Anyway,” will cover what sustainability issues are impacted as choices are made in our furnishings.

Members of IDS and SFC are eligible to enter their projects beginning on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, and there will be a 20{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} discount offered on all submissions through March 3rd.

Registration for the Sustainability Essentials CEU Webinar can be found here: bit.ly/sfcwebinar.

 

Lauren Roses is Home Accents Today’s product editor, responsible for selecting and compiling product and trend stories, and for overseeing product submissions and coverage of intros

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Interior Design Society and Sustainable Furnishings Council Collaborate for Sustainable Design Award and More

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The Interior Design Society (IDS) and Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) have once again partnered for the Sustainable Design Designer of the Year Award. After working together for several years, IDS and SFC are expanding on their collaboration to include other initiatives to educate the home furnishings industry on how to use and feature sustainable products in their businesses.

The Sustainable Design Award was established to recognize designers who create high quality, environmentally conscious spaces, and encourages designers to #getyourgreenon. Winning designs take into consideration the principles of social, economic and ecological sustainability ensuring that the design does not leave a negative impact on our environment.

Last years Sustainable Award winner, Michelle Rohrer-Lauer of Michelle’s Interiors created a stunning design featuring bio-degradable products, materials made from recycled plastics, furniture made of FSC – certified wood and more.

Members of IDS and SFC are eligible to enter their projects beginning on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, and there will be a 20{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} discount offered on all submissions through March 3rd.

Leading up to the award submission period, there will be a Sustainability Essentials webinar offered to interested interior designers and industry professionals. The CEU course, “What is Sustainable Furniture Anyway,” will cover

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