Ideas for eco-friendly home décor
Going green in your home is about more than just your color palette. Eco-friendly décor is one of the hottest trends in interior design, showing up in everything from raw building materials to furnishings and even art. The following ideas can help you make your home’s décor more eco-friendly while still stylishly reflecting your personality.
- - Remodel with eco-friendly materials. If a major remodeling project is in your future, consider choosing eco-friendly building materials. From doors made from salvaged lumber to floors made using sustainable bamboo, there are a number of stylish ways to go green inside and out.
- - Bring the outside in with an indoor garden. Nurture nature indoors by creating an indoor garden. Small flowering plants, herbs, ferns, succulents, and other plants add visual interest and texture to rooms. Whether planted vertically in the kitchen or in a terrarium in the bedroom, indoor gardens promote clean air and healthy spaces. For additional eco-impact, consider using repurposed containers such as Mason jars.
- - Purchase eco-friendly paints. Green paint gives homeowners an easy way to give their home a new and environmentally friendly look. Nontoxic paints without volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be used to refresh a space without affecting the health of your family members – or the environment. Likewise, many green paints lack the lingering odors associated with traditional paint.
- - Repurpose existing furniture and décor. Before heading to a furniture store, search through local thrift stores for forgotten finds. Not only are these repurposed pieces often less expensive, but buying an existing item has a lower environmental impact than purchasing something new. If you can’t avoid buying new, look for furniture made from reclaimed or recycled materials.
- - Switch to organic fabrics. Organic fabric might seem like an unnecessary splurge, but switching the fabrics in your home is a small yet environmentally meaningful move. While grown on only 3% of the world’s farmland, conventional cotton accounts for 10% of the pesticides and 25% of the insecticides used in farming. No longer a niche product, organic fabrics can be found in everything from clothing and bedding to mattresses, duvets, and more.
- - Choose energy star appliances. Choosing eco-friendly appliances is one of the best things you can do for your home – and the environment. Appliances bearing the Energy Star symbol are certified to use less energy and water than their older counterparts. This reduces costs for homeowners while also benefiting the environment.