Eco-Friendly Interior Design Tips for the Green Savvy Buyer
If you’re looking to add a bit of eco-friendliness to your interior design, you can rest easy. There are tons of options available for those who want to make their home green. No matter where you look, from lighting to decor, you can easily find green options for the things you would normally buy.
Here are some must have items for every eco-savvy home owner:
Rather than visiting the home store and grabbing the first gallon of paint that you see, look for eco-friendly options. Low VOC paints have fewer chemicals, are less toxic and don’t give off the noxious odor of traditional paints. You can find low VOC paints at any home improvement or paint store quite easily.
If you want to do a bit of furniture restoration, milk paint is a fabulous option that can easily be found online. Milk paint is completely non-toxic and gives a lovely antique look to any piece of furniture it is added to.
Whether you are looking for a new bed or a new sofa, look for sustainable or organic options. When furniture is labeled organic, it means that it was finished in some manner with organic materials. Whether it is painted, stained or covered in material, organic furniture is less toxic and environmentally friendly.
Sustainable furniture is that which is made from sustainable wood or fibers. Bamboo is a fast growing grass that is as strong as wood and, when cut down, quickly grows back. When you choose furniture made from sustainable wood, you aren’t contributing to the deforestation of the planet.
Rather than replacing your flooring with carpet, choose natural tiles, sustainable wood flooring or even flooring made of bamboo. All are greener options and will not leach chemicals like carpet does. In addition, carpet is often made stain resistant and easy to clean with chemicals that are harmful to our soil and water supplies. Natural tiles and bamboo flooring options are not only environmentally-friendly, but they are incredibly easy to clean if you have kids or pets.
4. Counter Tops
Look for counter tops and back splashes that are made of recycled glass. These counter tops are both beautiful and durable. You can find recycled glass materials in virtually any colour and design combination, making it very easy to match your current decor.
One of the hottest trends in green design is using what you already have, or re-purposing. Look around your house and see what can be moved to another room and given new life. Nightstands can make great side tables, and vice versa, lamps can be moved from room to room and wall decor moved from one room to another can give a room a new look.
If you’re looking for “new” furniture, visit your local flea market. You can find some great used pieces at flea markets and tag sales. Best of all, if you have an artistic streak, you can refinish these pieces to make them your own. Don’t worry if the pieces aren’t organic or sustainable, by the simple act of purchasing them, you are helping the environment by keeping them out of the landfill. Check out your local newspaper for a listing of estate sales; another great source for furniture and decor.
You don’t need to be a professional to decorate your home in an eco-friendly manner. As the green movement gains momentum, environmentally-friendly options are very easy to find in your local home improvement store. If you want to make your home a bit more green, follow the tips above and you’ll be well on your way to having an eco-friendly interior!
Lindsey Harris is an Eco-interior decorator and also blogs for paranormala.com where you can find the latest paranormal news stories. When she’s not blogging she enjoys browsing the internet for unique furniture finds!
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