The rapid rise in veganism is changing the way we eat and shop. We asked in-house Interior Stylist for Tielle, Emma Hooton, a vegan herself, how we can style our homes with more compassion without sacrificing comfort and taste.
"When designing an interior that respects the planet and animals on it, there's no need to compromise as there are so many beautiful products out there. It's simply a case of choosing products with a little more care.
Most responsible retailers and suppliers will share their welfare and material ethics policies online, but if you can't see this information, ask. It's great to remind companies of the importance of their ethics and the more people that ask the more they'll change the way they do things for the better."
Get the Vegan look
Vegan paint got a image makeover when Meghan Markle painted her baby's nursery in cruelty-free paint. Free from beeswax, resins and dairy products such as milk protein, vegan paint uses plant-based binders such as vegetable casein in place of animal derived paint ingredients. Vegan paints are also free from animal testing.
A good quality microfibre duvet can be a luxurious alternative to natural feather and down. Soft, warm and lightweight with a beautiful natural drape, microfibre duvets are made from 100% synthetic material. A high quality outer cover will also help your duvet last longer, reducing your environmental impact. Team your microfibre duvet with a microfibre pillow and a beautiful faux-fur throw for plenty of feel-good sleep.
Natural flooring such as cork, linoleum, bamboo and hardwood are compassionate alternatives to unethically made wool carpets and rugs. Warm to walk on and easy to clean, these sustainable alternatives to wool flooring are also more suitable for allergy and asthma sufferers than allergen-trapping wool.
We love: Hardwood flooring never goes out of style.
Many high end mattresses contain animal fibres and wool which are great for providing comfort, but unsuitable for the vegan home. A mattress made from memory foam or plant-based fibres such as coir, flax and cotton can be just as comfortable. You'll also sleep better knowing it's cruelty-free.
Check out: The Cottonsafe Vegan Mattress registered by the Vegan Society
An oversized upholstered headboard can look great against patterned wallpaper and accessories in contrasting colours, textures and shapes. If you love the look of leather but want to stay cruelty- free, go for a high quality polyurethane fabric. it looks just like the real thing.
We love: The headboard workshop for its statement headboards and faux leather range.