Concerned about the overall health of the planet? To be environmentally friendly, you have to start at home where you meet your most basic needs. The best way to improve your carbon footprint is by using sustainable practices while designing and decorating your home. It can not only help to keep excess pollution out of our air, water and landfills, turning towards “green” design can also significantly improve your overall health and well-being.
1. Buy Used Furniture
Antique and vintage stores are loved by many interior designers for a reason. Combining old and new, or marrying vintage with modern, can create a truly unique look throughout your home. As well as beautiful aesthetics, vintage furniture has great environmental benefits. By using vintage, second hand and upcycled pieces in your home, you are preventing furniture from going to landfill and giving them new life. What is more, you can find some truly unique, exquisite and quality furniture at a fraction of the price!
2. Use Plants as Decorations
Adding plants to a home doesn’t directly increase your eco-friendliness, but it does remind you of the importance of the environment. Plants can add a splash of colour and freshness to your space and help to filter out harmful chemicals from the air. Lilies, bamboo palm or gerbera daisies are especially great for improving air quality.
3. Take Advantage Of Natural Light
Natural light is one of the most effective ways to make a home feel brighter, bigger and more airy. Sunlight is also good for your body as it increases your serotonin levels and helps you stay productive. But besides the visual and health benefits, natural light is also good for your home décor’s carbon footprint. The more natural light you bring into your home, the less you have to spend on artificial lighting.
4. Upgrade Your Appliances
Energy Star-certified appliances can now be found in just about any modern home. If you are still using older washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators, you should seriously consider upgrading them. Older appliances often use a lot of water and energy. Newer models are not only good for the environment, they will also save you money in the long run.
5. Use Furniture Made From Natural Materials
To make your home’s interior eco-friendly, you need furniture that is made using materials that come straight from the earth like stone and wood. Plastic, polyester, nylon, particleboard, chromed metal and other non-organic and synthetically engineered materials are not eco friendly and should be avoided where possible.
6. Shop Locally
And finally, to be sustainable, it’s always best to shop locally - from a trusted company that also uses locally-sourced materials. This way you can help to keep the carbon footprint low and the impact on the environment minimal.