While adding decorative items to your living space is one of the most exciting things that you can do to add beauty and character to your home, it can easily become a little intimidating if you take the environment into consideration. However, choosing natural home décor that’s made with sustainable, non-toxic, and organic materials will be more beneficial to you and the environment. Aside from the fact that it’s a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, it spells great savings for you as well.
Are you ready to decorate your home with pieces that you can be proud of owning? To give you a head start, check out these 4 eco-friendly home décor ideas that will showcase your own personal style and your love for the environment:
Use houseplants to give life to your space.
In case you’re not aware, giving your rooms a healthy dose of plant life will not only purify the quality of your indoor air, but it has also been known to provide a host of health benefits. Among these benefits include the reduction of noise, stress levels and blood pressure, enhancement of focus and concentration, natural humidification of air, and more.
Benefits aside, there’s nothing like a well-tended houseplant to instantly bring life into any dull and boring space. For instance, you can easily inspire table talk by decorating your dining room with gerbera daisy or any flowering houseplant. To spruce up your living room, mounting your staghorn ferns to a piece of wood or hanging them on your wall will make a gorgeous and interesting home décor.
Purchase pre-loved vintage items.
Buying anything that’s pre-used is one of the simplest ways to make a positive impact on the environment. If you’re looking to find the next addition to your treasure trove of chic-looking vintage home décor choices, head down to the nearest thrift store or flea market! Better yet, you can check out your grandma’s attic or log on to eBay and other media sites for some interesting vintage finds.
DIY your old stuff.
Are you in the mood for a DIY home décor project? Although this may take a little elbow grease, you’ll be amazed at how incredibly fulfilling and rewarding it is when you successfully repurpose your old stuff. Beyond their old-fashioned aesthetic appeal, repurposed decorative items serve the environment as well because the materials they’re made of come from structures that are on their way to the garbage dump. In other words, when you repurpose your old pieces of furniture to match your new décor, you extend their life while cutting down on waste tossed into landfills.
Avoid using toxic materials.
If you’re planning to brighten up your daily living spaces with a fresh coat of paint, be sure to use eco-friendly paints that don’t have volatile organic compounds or “VOCs”. In case you’re wondering, VOCs are extremely harmful to both humans and the environment. Moreover, aside from paint, carpets may contain high levels of VOCs as well. Do yourself and the planet a huge favor by checking if the materials you’re using are non-toxic or otherwise.