A home should be comfortable and safe. When it comes to décor and home improvement, natural, organic and green are best. For the allure of the beauty and for your health.
Give your home a green makeover and create a haven of comfort and an organic oasis. Soft surroundings and plumages of green bring the relaxation of nature indoors. But using natural fabrics and fibers also lower the risk of skin irritation and other allergic reactions…especially for those who harbor sensitivities.
Going green indoors shouldn’t sound intimidating, and green living isn’t cost prohibitive. You don’t need to seek out expensive home furnishing stores, invest in specialized interior decorators or completely toss out everything you own.
Green living begins simply. Little changes first. Start your own small garden outdoors to bring nature’s bright flowers and greenery into the home. Harvests often make unique—and completely organic—decorative touches. Slowly incorporate more dramatic changes to your living space. Begin with one room first. Ideally, this should be a room in your home that needs a makeover. Every room—the bedroom, bathrooms, rec rooms, and kitchen—offers different options to incorporate green living choices.
If your master bedroom is in dire need of a revamp, look to organic or natural linens to replace any poly blends. Clean cotton offers a breathability that synthetic fabrics lack. Choose sheets with natural dyes and preferably organic cotton. Choose sheets in different textures including cotton and percale. Many brands also offer Fair Trade organic cotton. This ensures that the cotton was ethically sourced.
Feather pillows might be fluffy, but the down industry has been known for their cruel treatment. Instead, choose decorative pillows in cotton or even wool. You also can make or buy your own slip covers.
Create a calming environment by integrating plants around the bedroom. The lush greenery will liven up the room and oxygenate the atmosphere. Keep lighting as natural as possible. Use natural oils to infuse soothing and invigorating scents into the air…choose lavender or chamomile oil for relaxation and citrus oils to awaken the senses.
If you’re planning a total décor renovation of your bedroom, consider swapping out your carpet or hardwood floor. Carpet often harbors dust, dirt, and allergens. However, hardwood may be more easily cleaned…and it’s luxuriously natural. Bamboo flooring also makes a striking statement in the bedroom. If you absolutely must have soft carpet…chose wool. Nothing synthetic.
The bathroom provides the ideal space and options for a green lifestyle overhaul. However, in the bathroom, you’ll need to focus on water-saving fixtures. Install low-flow showerheads and water-conserving toilets. Eco-friendly faucets also are available. All natural countertops like granite, quartz or other stone surfaces create a luxe but rugged aesthetic. For the floor, choose stone, natural linoleum or hardwood. Use pebbles or stones in dishes to bring the outdoors into the bathroom.
Living rooms or rec rooms may be tailored in various ways to provide a greener more natural space. Select furnishings that are sustainable like tables made from “reclaimed wood.” Natural and organic fabrics also are available for many home furnishings. Opt for sustainable wood flooring or wool carpets. Decorate using hanging plants and potted flowers. HGTV recommends using décor that is recycled or reused to keep green design budget friendly.
Energy efficient appliances are your green friend in the kitchen. What seems like an investment in the short term will actually save you money over the long haul. When revamping the kitchen, choose countertops made from natural solid surfaces like granite and quartz. HGTV recommends fluorescent lighting to further reduce energy consumption and cork flooring for an eco-friendly foothold.
When hunting for décor for other rooms, also don’t write off thrift stores. Reusing old pictures and treasures keeps them out of landfills, which also helps the environment! Reduce, reuse and choose greener options to create a sustainable and healthier environment in your home.
Author: Uma Campbell