These days eco-friendly décor is something people are turning to more and more. They look for furniture and décor that respects natural resources and sustainable living. The push to green living is powered by environmental concerns and foresight, such as halting deforestation. However, green living is not just a fad.
During this move toward nature-friendly homes, people are learning that decorating with true sustainability in mind—using less water, less energy, and less non-renewable resources—is also a lovely way to live. Green design is beautiful, affordable, and enduring.
Green is Individual
Whatever your style, whether modern minimalist or Shabby Chic comfort, you can make your interior surroundings more eco-friendly. First, discard the idea that you must buy everything new in order to create an effect. Your home is, first and foremost, for you. Decide what you like, and think creatively. Instead of rushing out to buy a new table to create a Shabby Chic dining room, for example, buy a table base kit and have fun exploring local wood salvage yards for reclaimed lumber to use as a top.
Green is Simply Beautiful
Any home can become more energy-efficient with simple nature-friendly habits. One is to create a water wall. To do this, fill pretty Mason jars with water and put them on a window sill that gets a lot of light (west-facing is best). You can even use food coloring to make the display more attractive and whimsical. How is this energy-efficient? During the day, the water absorbs heat, which keeps the house cooler. At night, the water releases it.
Green Décor is Budget-Friendly
If you think green décor is only for the wealthy, think again. There are certainly more options today for new, eco-friendly furniture that has sustainability in mind. However, part of a green lifestyle is reusing, recycling, and repurposing. If you need new furniture items, such as a sofa, keep the environment in mind when purchasing. Then accessorize with tables, lamps, and décor from thrift stores or even the attic. If an item looks worn, add a coat of white paint to freshen it. Keep in mind that soft, beach-reminiscent hues, such as muted blues, greens, grays, ivory, and white, are easy to live with.
The Bottom Line on Green Interiors
You do not need a huge purse to have a beautiful interior designed with the environment in mind. All you need is creativity, trust in what you like, and love. Part of the fun in decorating green is assembling décor that you love. Some of it may be new, while other pieces may be repurposed, such as a beautiful wood door used as a dining table.
Focus on what you like, rather than the latest trend. Whatever the latest craze is, tomorrow it will disappear. You, however, will be stuck with it. So be sure to decorate with your tastes in mind. You have to live with your interior, and you should be surrounded by objects that you treasure and that have real meaning for you. This leads us to the final element of green decorating, which is love. Choose items that speak to you, and design your interior around your lifestyle. If you do this, you won’t go wrong.