How To Introduce Eco-Friendly Decor Into Your Home
The beginning of a new year always paves the way for fresh starts and wiping our slates clean. What better way of starting something new than by redecorating your home in an eco- friendly way. If you want to reduce your effect on the environment, then this is an ideal opportunity to make a difference. It’s much simpler than you probably realise and you will still end up with a beautiful home that you can be proud of. Here is just a few idea of how you can create an environmentally conscious home this year.
Buy pre-owned furniture
Being eco-friendly requires you to reuse and repurpose items rather than always buying brand new. You can source an array of fantastic items from Flea market, vintage stores, auction houses and even Craigslist. Used furniture stores such as Transitional Treasures Resale are also an excellent source. Keep an open mind and see the potential in these pre-owned items. They may just need a deep clean or a lick of paint to refresh them. This may be a different shopping experience to what you are used to, but it can be highly enjoyable. You have to work hard and hunt for these treasure that makes it more satisfying that buying from a department store. Always check the condition of the item before exchanging money. You don’t want to be left with an item that cannot be fixed or is passed it’s best.
You could also hold your own garage sale or use Ebay to sell your unwanted furniture or donate it to charity. This will free up some more space in your home and make you feel fulfilled from recycling instead of throwing away.
Repurpose your decor
You can repurpose almost anything to create something unique for your home. You just need to think outside of the box. You could turn drawers into a shelves for your office for instance. Or maybe an old ladder could become a suspended hanger for your clothes in your bedroom. The unwanted glass jars you usually throw away are ideal for vases and holders for pens and brushes. Use Pinterest to discover more ways of transforming furniture into more functional additions to your home. Repurposing is another form of recycling and further reduces your impact on the environment.
Use Eco-friendly paints
Traditional paint can be toxic and unleash harmful fumes into the atmosphere. These can be damaging to yourself and those around you. When decorating your home, stick to eco-friendly paints instead. They still come in a broad range of colours that will keep your home looking fabulously on trend. Choose paints that are clay or milk based or ones that have a zero VOC rating. These paints have a higher water content that causes no gases to be emitted. So it doesn’t matter if you’re painting a focal wall or your entire house, these paints will keep your home emission free.
You should now be able to make a positive start to decorating your home in an environmentally conscious manner. Just remember to reuse, reduce and repurpose and you can’t go wrong!