Modern man is now more aware than ever of the impact humans have on their environment. With global warming, pollution, and waste growing at an alarming rate, most people have started to embrace an eco-consciousness that transfers to their daily activities. Almost everyone recycles paper products, plastics, and cans and bottles these days, and some people do a lot more than that.
So, if you count yourself among the millions who are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, then it logically follows that you’ll want to go green for your upcoming redecorating project. But what it you don’t have the first idea about how to decorate your home in an eco-friendly manner? Sit tight and read on to find a few tips to make you renovations go off without a hitch (and do no harm along the way).
For starters, you’ll need to deal with items that you’ve decided to toss. What you get rid of can be just as harmful as the pieces you procure as replacements. So, reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible. Let’s just break that down. Reducing pertains to waste. There’s no need to send everything to the landfill when most of it can have a second life elsewhere, which brings us to reusing. Some items can be put to use in other areas of your home.
You may remember our article on resurfacing an old coffee table, we took an old and peeling coffee table and resurfaced it with reclaimed barn wood to create a shiny new outdoor coffee table;
The sprung couch that hearkens back to your college days may not fit your current living room, but why not move it to the basement for the kids to jump on (to keep them from destroying the nice, new furniture in the family room)? And end tables and shelves can almost always be repurposed in other areas of your home. Finally, those items that you just can’t find another use for can be sold off or sent to the thrift store for another lucky family to find and use.
So now that you’ve cleared your space, how do you go about filling it up again? The green way is just as easy as any other method. To start with the basics, you’ll likely want to pep up the walls with a fresh coat of paint. Just make sure that you get no-VOC (volatile organic compound) products, since those with VOCs can pollute your interior air with harmful chemicals for years to come. And for flooring, consider some new options in colored or patterned concrete, which can be beautiful, functional, and best of all, less harmful than denuding forests or gouging natural stone from the Earth.
If you read our article on refinishing old furniture the eco-friendly way then you would have seen how easy it is to transform old furniture with zero VOC paints;
Once you’ve laid the foundation, it’s time to decorate. When it comes to furnishings and accents, you should look for pieces that utilize eco-friendly textiles such as organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo (which come in a variety of colors, patterns, and durable weaves). And for wooden pieces, consider looking for reclaimed items. While they’ll all be second-hand, some companies refurbish pieces to make them as good as new for resale. Just a note: reclaimed can also apply to hardwood flooring and cabinets, or even antique tiles and fixtures. Using reclaimed items can give your home a unique flair to go with your new and improved eco-decor.
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