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Decorating the house is one of the simplest pleasures in life. You get to stamp your personality all over your space, choosing the colours and the accents you want to make your home come to life. Trying to be a little greener in life with it is simply a bonus, and you can do your bit for the planet if you redecorate your home – you just need to be on the lookout for eco-friendly decor.
Bringing some sustainability to your home is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s pretty much the best thing that you can do for your home space. You can ensure that you are reducing your carbon footprint while making the house look beautiful, and it doesn’t take much to reduce it! Right now, it’s never been easier to find eco-friendly decor for the home, and you can do your bit with the tips below.
Find Preloved Decor
Sometimes, reusing is the best way to enjoy something beautiful and eco-friendly in your home. When you buy preloved decor, you are keeping your carbon footprint as small as possible and you’re not contributing to the energy spent in production. You are far more likely to find the vintage items you love when you choose preloved decor. You can revamp the whole room with a fraction of the energy spent and a fraction of the cash spent, too. You get to do that without an added strain to the planet and that is what matters most – well, that, and it looks great!
Be Careful With Wood
Whether it’s wooden flooring or wooden decor pieces, be careful with your wood choices. You can help to combat deforestation and have wood in the house at the same time – you just need to make sure that it’s FSC certified. FSC certified wood is sustainably sourced and has a “tick tree” logo on it to show that it was ethically harvested. If you have ethical wood pieces in your home, you can feel reassured that you’ve chosen materials that are good for the environment in your home. This can mean that you get that beautiful, authentic wooden look without any of the guilt!
Curtains, Rugs & Blinds
Every room in the house needs to have some kind of texture, and the best way to do it is with blinds, curtains and rugs in the home. Not only do these provide extra materials and layers to each room as you decorate, you can keep the heat in and keep the energy bills as low as possible. Not only is this going to be good for your decorating budget, it’s going to be good for your wallet as you save money at the same time.
Choose Paint Wisely
One of the best ways to give a room a whole new lease of life is with a new look entirely. You don’t have to change out all of the furniture, but you could look at a new lick of paint or new wallpaper. The one thing to pay attention to is whether you are choosing the safest paint for the home. Some paints have chemicals in them that can release toxic emissions into the atmosphere. This is so harmful to the planet, as well as harmful for your family. So, look for the paints that are VOC – volatile organic compound – free! Look for safe paint tins that are non-toxic and you will do better for your decor and the environment.
Bring A Little Green Inside The House
Did you know that you can schedule plants to be delivered to you? Bringing nature inside the house is one of the most eco-friendly ways to decorate as you are doing something wonderful for the planet while adding a simple and stylish option to the house. Flowers are gorgeous, but indoor plants last a lot longer than you expect. They make an excellent housewarming gift, too, so if anyone ever asks you what to buy you for your new home, you know you can ask for indoor plants to be delivered! You can boost your green credentials with indoor plants, so purify your own air with new house plants.
Pull Up The Carpets
For a simple way to help the air you breathe, replace your carpets with wood or linoleum and avoid all of the dust mites and pollution you release into the air when you step on the carpet. Even the hardest-wearing carpets only last a few years before they need replacing, so choose real wood where you can!