5 Environmentally Friendly Home Design Tips

by Editor on June 13, 2013

Steve Bennett Builders: Interior photo - dining room in new custom home

When you’re someone who puts forth a concerted amount of effort to make various eco-friendly lifestyle choices, sometimes it can be challenging when it comes to things like home décor. That’s because you have to find a way to be fresh and modern while still selecting items that are non-toxic, made from sustainable materials and is all the way around better for the environment.

The good news is that we have some environmentally friendly home design tips for you below. Ones that are cheap, (relatively) quick and easy. Ones that can have your home looking as stylish and chic as all the rest.

Paint with low VOC paint. If you’re not sure what VOC stands for, it’s Volatile Organic Compound. Basically what that refers to is several different kinds of chemicals that, when put together, produce a strong vapor into the air; one that can lead to things like headaches and dizziness. That’s why if you want to paint your house, whether it’s the exterior or interior of it, it’s best to go with some low VOC paint. Benjamin Moore Natura Paint, Green Planet Paints and Homestead House Paint Company are just a few brands that come widely recommended.

Buy used. Being that you are already “green”, then you know that a pinnacle of the eco-friendly platform is to recycle and upcycle. For major projects like new flooring, opt for sustainable materials like bamboo or recycled wood fiber. When it comes to furniture, rather than going to a local furniture store to purchase a new table or chair, how about stopping by a nearby consignment shop, thrift store or yard sale? Even if you see something that is not in perfect condition, websites like HGTV, DIY Network and YouTube can walk you through all of what you need to do to get your purchases just the way you want them to be.

Add some plants. Plants are a wonderful addition to any part of your home, whether it’s indoors or out. Yet, what really makes them really awesome is that there are several different kinds that help to pull toxins out of the air. Some of them include Bamboo palms, Boston ferns and Rubber plants.

Let more light in. Another part of being eco-friendly is being energy efficient. One of the best ways to do that is by relying less on artificial light and more on natural light. You can do this by designing window treatments that will allow more of the sun’s rays to come through. Light-colored curtains made out of lace, silk or organic cotton are great ways to accomplish this task.

Use some natural décor accessories. If you’re looking for a way to find some common ground between eye-catching home décor and naturally grown things such as citrus fruit, bamboo or seashells, why not use those items as decorating accessories? Some oranges, lemons and limes in a glass bowl will add vibrant color to your kitchen table. Some bamboo in a long vase filled with water will be a beautiful touch in the corner of your living room or home office. And some seashells from your last trip to the beach? If they are large ones, you can easily use them as book ends. These are just a few examples of how some simple things that are a part of nature can become an excellent way to beautify your home.

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