If you are renovating or redecorating your home, now’s the perfect time to embrace an environmentally friendly style. Not only will you save yourself some money, but you’ll also be doing your part to save the planet. Look for reclaimed, recycled, and renewable as you choose options for your home. Here are some eco-friendly ideas to give you inspiration and get you started.
The look of hardwood flooring is all the rage right now. It’s a timeless option that adds plenty of character along with durability and warmth. Unfortunately, true hardwood flooring adds to the destruction of the planet. If you love the look of wood flooring but don’t want to be part of the problem, choose renewable flooring options like bamboo and cork instead.
Offering a similar woodgrain look like regular hardwood, bamboo, and cork flooring is not only eco-friendly, but it is also long-lasting, sound-proofing, and inexpensive, too.
If you want a simple yet effective way to “go green” with your home’s décor, adding houseplants is always a good idea. In addition to adding a natural vibe to your home, plants of various sizes and types act as natural sculptures that bring life and freshness into the space with their air-cleaning ways.
In The Kitchen
Remodeling the kitchen is a great way to add value to your home. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel and want to make it an eco-friendly renovation, be sure to look for upgrades that are kind to the planet.
For example, instead of replacing your old cabinets, try adding a fresh coat of paint instead to give them a facelift that won’t land them in the landfill. Another eco-friendly idea is to choose new cabinets made from recycled or renewable materials like eucalyptus or bamboo.
If you’re intent on replacing your old countertops, look for natural options such as ones made of recycled glass or paper set in resin or even concrete for a modern and clean eco-friendly vibe.
Low VOC Paints
Painting is an easy and cheap way to give your home a fresh, new look. Unfortunately, most paints contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are toxic to humans and the planet. The good news is there are eco-friendly paints to choose from that contain very low concentrations of VOCs.
If you’re planning to paint, be sure to look for these paints to avoid lowering the air quality in your home.
Natural Textiles And Accents
Many of today’s textiles and accent pieces are synthetic and toxic. For a green vibe in your home, be sure to look for window treatments, rugs, and other accents made from organic materials like cotton, wool, hemp, bamboo, and linen. Also, look for items colored with natural dyes to further green up your home.
Remodeling or redecorating your home is the perfect chance to “go green” as there are many more options available today than ever before. Hopefully, the ideas mentioned above will give you a place to start creating a greener environment in your own home.