5 Tips for Green Design at Home

Call it “Eco-Décor” or “Green Design” — either way it’s a trend that’s here to stay – and growing! You don’t have to sacrifice style or function for eco-friendly, chemical free decor at home. Beverly Hills Interior Designer Christopher Grubb offers his five top tips to make it happen!

1. Repurpose: Stop and think before you toss out any home accents or furniture you’re tired of. You can reupholster a dated chair, repaint a worn end table, and recover pillows. Be creative! Those plant pots can become candleholders and old picture frames can house mirrors.

2. Go Organic: If you are in the market for something new, make a change where you spend the most time…in bed! Avoid petroleum-based synthetic memory foam bedding which can emit VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). Instead go for organics, which are sustainable and non-toxic. Grubb recommends the Natural Organic Mattress Collection by California-based Royal-Pedic (www.royal-pedic.com) – which is wholly organic and hypoallergenic. Next, cover that mattress with soft, organic sheets and pillows and you have a healthy haven.

3. Re-work those Walls: One of the best ways to give your home a quick, inexpensive facelift is to paint. These days its easy to find paints with zero-VOC that are odorless. If you prefer wallpaper, there are also eco-friendly options. Grubb recommends Walnut Wallpaper (www.walnutwallpaper.com), a California company that has creative wall coverings without the chemicals. He also touts grass cloth and bamboo wall coverings as trendy options.

4. Plant Something: Let’s bring the outdoors inside. Using plants is a simple way to add color to any room, especially if you plant your gorgeous greenery in colorful, ornate pots. An added bonus – many plants combat the “offgassing” of harmful elements in the atmosphere. Known air scrubbers include bamboo palm, Boston fern, and peace lilies.

5. Find Texture with Textiles: Run to recycled fabrics – they look and feel as soft as their non-eco counterparts. An easy way to add texture is with an area rug – how about recycled nylon and bicycle tires! The more traditional can opt for wool as a plush option while sisal offers a more architectural look.

*Article courtesy of Beverly Hills Interior Designer, Christopher Grubb.*