Whether you live in an off-the-grid cabin in the woods, a tiny apartment or a suburban oasis, there are many things you can do to decorate your home in a more environmentally conscious way. Here are 5 of them.
Buy Second Hand
One of the easiest ways to decorate your home more eco-friendly is to decorate with second hand goods. Buy everything you can used from homewares and knick-knacks to furniture and even building materials if needed. You’ll be surprised at just what you can find in second hand and antique stores and online. Need a new door? Visit your local tip shop for a range in excellent condition. Need a new bar stool? Check in your local second hand shops or flea markets. Need a new vase or lampshade? Check your online classifieds.
Paint the Eco Way
If it’s time to paint, then opt for eco-friendly paints. Not only are they environmentally friendly but this label also usually means that they are non-toxic and have low or no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Eco paints are safe for those who are chemically sensitive, pregnant or asthmatic, meaning they’re also safe for children and pets. While environmentally friendly, eco paints give you the same coverage, colour, durability and finish as their VOC filled counterparts. This one is a no brainer.
Add Indoor Plants
Add some indoor plants to complement your decorating. Not only do they liven up any room, they’ll also give your home fresher, cleaner air. Plus they look great doing it! If you’re new to gardening and plants then you’ll want to opt for sturdier varieties of indoor house plants that can withstand a little neglect. Opt for an Asparagus Fern, Fiddle Leaf Fig, Guiana Chestnut, Chinese Money Plant or a Yucca if you just want to add a little greenery. If you’d prefer something with a little more colour choose African Violets, Kalanchoe or a Phalaenopsis Orchid.
Use Environmentally Friendly Materials
Instead of choosing leather lounges, wool rugs and cotton drapes, opt for more environmentally friendly fabrics for your home. Hemp is numero uno when it comes to eco-friendly fabrics. It’s the most versatile plant on the planet so where possible, opt for hemp whenever possible. Linen is another earth-friendly fabric. Made from flax, linen is super durable but also lightweight, moth-resistant and antimicrobial so it’s the perfect option for your drapes.
Only Buy What You Need
When redecorating, only buy what you really need. When it comes to both decorating and being environmentally friendly, less is definitely more. Embrace the minimalist trend and free yourself, cleaning time, your wallet and of course be more eco-friendly when you decorate. Ask yourself whether you really need something before you buy it during the decorating process and if the answer is yes, opt for second hand or if you’re going to buy new, then buy an option that uses environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing processes. Take care in all that you do and buy and you’ll have a more eco-friendly home.