As people have become more eco-conscious in recent years, it has become easier to find environmentally-friendly products on the market, as well as new ways to reduce your carbon footprint around the home. Saving energy and reducing waste without compromising on style is now easier than ever.
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Here’s some inspiration on how you can design a beautiful home, whilst keeping the environment at the forefront of your interiors by adding eco-design to your home:
Using Eco-Friendly Materials
When finding your new furniture or deciding on what type of natural flooring you want, it’s a good idea to do some research into the sustainability or eco-friendly credentials of the materials that you choose.
Sustainably sourced wood will feature the FSC tick tree logo, which means that the wood is certified according to their ten principles for responsible forest management. This makes it better for the environment than standard furniture might be.
Real wood flooring is not only attractive and hard-wearing but also a more environmentally-friendly alternative to carpets, which are full of chemicals and pollutants, release toxins into your home and only tend to last around 10 years before they have to be replaced.
Letting Natural Light Flood In
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Not only does natural daylight make your home feel bigger, it can have plenty of health benefits too. Filling your home with light helps to maintain your daily cycle, whilst also boosting your immune system by increasing levels of vitamin D.
An excellent way to let plenty of natural light into your home is by incorporating glass into your design. It’s an eco-friendly material as it’s fully-recyclable and doesn’t emit any harmful substances. Plus, it’s easy to incorporate more glass into your interior design, such as adding glass balustrades like those by leading balcony manufacturer, Barrier Components, for example.
Embrace the Greenery
Houseplants are not only a stylish addition to any home, they’re also a great way to purify the air. They soak up harmful toxins and pollutants, as well as breathing in carbon dioxide and converting it to oxygen.
Some of the options that are both attractive and environmentally friendly are:
- Snake plant (sansevieria)
- Aloe vera
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Chrysanthemums (Chrysantheium morifolium)
With anti-polluting properties, these plants can neutralize chemicals around the home, such as in furniture and household products, essentially making your air cleaner and helping you breathe better.
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We’re always looking for new ways to reduce our carbon footprint in the home and there’s plenty of green options when redecorating. As well as buying pre-loved furniture, upcycling is also a great way to transform your home and reduce waste.
Get your toolbox and paintbrush ready and flex your creative muscles by redesigning your old furniture and give it a new lease of life. Pinterest is a great website to browse other people’s DIY projects and help you get inspired when it comes to home improvements.
Invest in Energy-Saving Furnishings
The finishing touches to your eco-friendly home? Energy-saving furnishings! Far from being unattractive, you can find a huge range of stylish items on the market that have been developed to make your home run more efficiently. For example, choosing thermal curtains could help you reduce your energy bills significantly as they cleverly retain heat in the winter and keep your home cool in the summer.
Creating your dream eco-friendly home doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking and just being a bit more conscientious about eco-friendly design and materials can have massive benefits. Even small changes can help you save energy and ensure your wellbeing, without sacrificing an impeccably-decorated home.
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