How to Design Your Home with Eco-Friendly Options

Whether you want to redesign your home’s interior because you’ve been looking at the same walls for what feels like forever, or because you’ve recently switched to a more environmentally conscious frame of mind, choosing eco-friendly options makes good sense. As more and more people change to a green way of thinking, eco-friendly furniture and décor items are becoming easier to find.

Here are five great ways to transform the interior of your home and stick to your green ideals:

1. Create a Plan

There are very few people that have the money to make a complete change to every room in their home. Chances are that you find yourself in this same position. Sit down and create a plan. Which room will you start with and which will you do last? Will you replace all of your furniture? If you are replacing things, what will you do with your old items in order to avoid adding to the land fill? These are all things to consider when you decide to redo your home.

2. Painting

Painting is one of the easiest ways to breathe new life into an outdated room. You can paint walls, ceilings and even furniture, if the mood strikes. Choose environmentally friendly, low VOC options from your local paint store. Low VOC paint is devoid of the noxious fumes of “regular” paint, making it perfect to use if the weather is too cool to open up your windows. Milk paint is another fabulous option to look for, though it can be difficult to find.

3. Flooring

If you are going to replace the flooring in any room, stay away from carpet. Carpeting is one of the most harmful flooring options when it comes to the environment. Instead, choose materials made out of sustainable, quick growing woods, like bamboo. If you’re creative, and have the time, consider painting your floors or giving them a clear coat. Not only is it an environmentally friendly option, but very easy to clean!

4. Furniture

Whether you look online, or in your local furniture store, you’ll find a great selection of eco-friendly furniture. If, however, your budget won’t support spending thousands of dollars to refurnish your home, never fear! Purchase one or two eco-friendly pieces and mix them with the pieces you already have. You can even find gently used items on sites like Craigslist or at local flea markets and tag sales. Remember that you don’t have to buy new to be green; every time you buy a used piece of furniture, you’ve saved it from becoming fodder for the landfill.

5. Upcycle

You don’t have to buy new things for your house to be eco-conscious. Look around your house and see what can be repurposed for another room. Take that quilt from the back of your sofa and hang it on your wall. Pull those baskets out of your cupboard and use them for storage. There are dozens of things already in your home that will have a new life if moved to a different space. If you don’t have an eye for decorating, find a friend and ask them to walk around your home, offering tips for reusing the things you already have.

Creating an environmentally friendly interior makes good health sense and will add value to your home. You don’t have to break the bank to redecorate! By repurposing the things you have, scouting garage sales and flea markets and adding a coat of paint here and there, you can easily transform your home into a “green” haven and remain well within your budget.

About the Author

Amanda Peters is a writer and interior decorating offering reviews of the latest in modern furniture for the home. She enjoys finding unique eco-friendly furniture options on the internet!

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