5 Eco-Friendly Interior Design Tips For Your Home
Making eco-friendly purchases and choosing sustainable products isn’t limited to your closet or kitchen cabinet. Home decor and interior design are also keeping up to speed with the sustainable movement and making great improvements to offer people better choices for their home.
After all, if we pay attention to what we eat and how we dress, wouldn’t it also make sense to pay attention to where we sleep and the environment we hang out in all day?
These 5 tips will help you make eco-friendly decisions and bring sustainability into your home.
Choose Eco-Friendly Paints
If you are looking to repaint your walls then we highly recommend you to buy eco-friendly paints. Most traditional paints are indeed full of chemicals. They are harmful to the environment and the toxins they release are also dangerous for us when we breathe them.
Make sure to use paints that are VOC-free (volatile organic compounds). There are different options available such as clay paints, mineral paints, or other plant-based paints.
Buy Sustainable Furniture
If you are in the market for new furniture, different options are available to you to be more sustainable.
- You can buy second-hand furniture. This will allow you to reuse what is already produced without creating any more waste. Buying second-hand items will also help you find high-quality and unique pieces of furniture for a lower cost.
- If you can’t find what you are looking for or want to buy new, prioritize buying furniture that is ethically made from sustainable, organic material. Look for sustainable woods or organic bamboo for example. You can also find great options in recycled materials such as recycled plastics.
There are different green labels available to help you make educated purchases. Click here to find ecolabels available for furniture.
Pick Organic Soft Furnishing
Soft furnishings are the different elements in the house made of fabrics such as curtains, pillowcases, blankets, bedsheets, shower curtains, table linens, etc. They often contain a lot of chemicals. These chemicals are being released through water in the environment when being washed and they also can be absorbed by our body on a regular basis.
Pick fabrics made from organic, natural material such as organic bamboo fiber, hemp, or organic cotton. Avoid polyester that is made from petroleum-based chemicals, as well as fur or leather that are harmful to both the environment and the ecosystems.
Have the right Window Treatment
You can make your home more energy-efficient (and reduce your energy bill) by having the right window treatment that won’t let the air go through the windows. Choose thicker window treatments or ones that are made to be energy-efficient such as cellular shades.
Another way is to layer two window treatments. Combining both shades and curtains for examples not only adds style but will also help keep your room to the right temperature.
Replace your Light Bulbs
Switching your light bulbs to LED as well as looking into energy-efficient appliances will help reduce your electricity consumption. Incorporating the proper lighting controls will contribute to making your home more sustainable.