5 Tips for an Eco Friendly Interior Design Makeover
Sustainability begins at home. From finishes to furniture, selecting eco friendly products and practices can enhance the design of your home as well as leave a positive environmental impact; truly a win-win situation! Plus, turning toward “green” design can improve your overall health and well-being. Here are some great interior design tips to help make your home more eco friendly.
Use Natural Textiles & Finishings
Whether it’s with silk curtains or a bamboo chair, one of the biggest trends in interior design is the use of natural textiles. Made from animal and plant-based fibers, natural fibers contain less toxins and chemicals; are often biodegradable and use less water to produce than synthetic fabrics. Choose pillows, mattresses, upholstery and bedding from wool stuffed materials to help reduce the production of synthetic materials that will languish in landfills. Also, consider wall finishings in wood, ceramic or cork, which will cost a bit more but is better for you and the environment.
Traditional paints release toxins that are harmful to human health and the environment, whereas organic paints use lower levels of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) — whether it’s with a low-VOC, zero-VOC, or natural paint. Milk paint, chalk paint, or plant- and mineral-based paints can serve as healthier alternatives. Our favorite brands, Farrow & Ball and Benjamin Moore, have a wide range of richly pigmented, water based paints to choose from.
Opt for Long-Lasting Furniture
As far as furniture goes, opt for solid wood where possible, such as walnut, oak, or maple, which lasts longer and proves more durable. Wood furniture is typically held together by basic wood joinery techniques, ensuring a stronger bond and requiring less adhesives, which are the main culprits in harmful VOC emissions. If you’re an antique enthusiast, you’ll be delighted to know that antique pieces are usually considered ultimately “green”. This is because they were created without the modern glues or chemicals used for staining.
Plants, Plants, Plants
This is definitely one of the easiest things you can do. Plants help to filter out harmful chemicals in the air by providing oxygen. It doesn’t hurt that they also offer natural beauty and bring a freshness to any space. Even if you don’t consider yourself to have a green thumb there are a plethora of low-maintenance plants that anyone can care for. Rolling Greens in Culver City and Fairfax have a great selection to get you started.
Recycle & Repurpose
Using recycled and repurposed materials isn’t necessarily a new concept, but it remains a popular trend among designers, decorators, and architects. Luxury design brands are getting more creative, whether it’s with chairs made from recycled plastic bottles, lamps made from natural driftwood, or vases made from recycled glass. If you feel like taking on the challenge yourself, Good Housekeeping has 38 ‘Trash to Treasure Crafts’ for inspiration here.