We all want to be a little more eco-friendly day to day. If you’re planning a renovation of your home or are moving into somewhere new and are looking forward to decorating your living space, consider these eco-friendly home decor tips to make your space as planet friendly as possible.
Buy eco-friendly wood furniture and accessories
Wood is a natural resource that we take for granted. So when looking for accessories and furniture to feature in your home, check that the wood it’s made from comes from an eco-friendly source. Everything from dining tables to lamps to smartphone speakers can be made using eco-friendly wood, keeping you and the planet happy.
Buy furniture secondhand
Alternatively, buying secondhand furniture is an excellent way of being eco-friendly when it comes to home decor. It prevents perfectly good furniture from ending up in landfill and with some sand paper and a lick of paint you could have a fresh new decorative feature for your living room, that costs less and doesn’t hurt the environment. Plus, if you buy from someone local, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint when it comes to delivery and shipping!
Buy from local businesses
Again, buying locally can cut down carbon emissions but also ensures local businesses thrive around you. Local businesses are better for the environment as they don’t have huge factories or working spaces producing pollution and typically want to adopt more eco-friendly practices.
Repurpose and reuse
Are you an avid crafter? Then you could create a stunning home decor feature using waste in your home. You can make attractive, one of a kind rugs using old t-shirts that you were considering taking to the clothing bin or you could pull down that pair of curtains you no longer want to feature in your bedroom and fashion them into cushion covers to give them a new lease of life.
Opt for timeless styles
It’s easy to get swept up with the latest interior design trends but choosing a neutral and timeless decor style means that you won’t feel the need to change your paint colour every year or throw away your cushions in favour of new ones in the hottest new colour palette. Find a timeless style that you love and won’t want to part with in favour of a new fad. This means you’ll spend less money and be a little more eco-friendly with no DIY and no unnecessary deliveries.
Choose eco-friendly paint
Eco friendly paints contain fewer harmful chemicals and toxins, meaning they are better for the environment and your health. Look for paints that don’t contain VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) as these have been known to trigger issues such as asthma and other allergic reactions, according to Elle Decor. It’s also worth considering paint from smaller brands, as they typically produce colours in limited quantities and therefore reduce their waste.
With just a few small changes, you can create an eco-friendly home to be proud of with decor that suits your tastes and budget and does its bit for the environment. Consider these tips and enjoy a greener space in no time.