Going green in your interior decorating scheme can be as complex or as easy as you want it to be. A common misconception is that eco-friendly interior decorating is very expensive and difficult to do, but there are simple ways that everyone can go green without spending a lot of money or time.
In fact, an eco-friendly approach to decorating your home can turn out way cheaper than purchasing new, mass-produced items! Here are some ideas to get your home looking great after a make-over in a way that doesn't harm the environment.
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Decorating with antiques is a really easy way to go green, and it doesn’t have to be expensive if you spend time shopping for quality pieces at reasonable prices. In fact, you may actually make some purchases that turn out to be valuable investments.
Don’t be narrow-minded when it comes to antiques, shake off the idea of Victorian lines and dusty old fabrics. Early modern furniture was a popular interior decorating trend in the 1940s and 1950s; these pieces are so cutting edge they can make today’s modern furniture look outdated.
Get Creative. An antique doesn’t have to serve its original purpose, especially if it’s “broken.” An antique sewing machine base may seem useless but add a scrap marble top, and you’ve got an amazing little table that everyone will love.
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Interior decorators go green by recycling in a number of ways.
One easy and inexpensive way to add recycled items to your home is to simply buy used. Shop at discard stores or get to know contractors. Often contractors will special order high-end items for homes only to have the homeowners change their minds, to recoup some of the costs they will sell these items at deeply discounted prices, so you get a deal and prevent a perfectly good item from being discarded in the landfill.
Eye-catching artwork is an integral part of every home’s interior decorating scheme, and recycled art is one of the hottest trends around. So shop with an eye toward interesting recycled pieces of artwork.
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Appliances are major users of energy and resources in a home. And while they can be expensive, changing from one appliance to another is typically a fairly easy thing to do. One way to combat the added expense is to look at national, state, and local rebate programs that reward new purchasers with tax breaks.
Lighting is important in interior decorating. The elements of lighting can really affect the way a home is viewed and its overall feel. But lighting is a huge energy consumer in the home. Look into purchasing energy-efficient lighting and consider the lights you’re using and if their current placement is as effective as it could be.
Fabrication and Materials
Spend a little time becoming informed on what materials are used in the construction of home interior products and what ones are considered environmentally friendly.
Some people mistakenly believe if it’s natural, then it’s eco-friendly, which isn’t always true. Using a thousand-year-old rare hardwood is an environmental nightmare while using incredibly quick renewing bamboo is a great idea.
Location is actually key when considering a home furnishing product. If the item is made in a foreign country, then a lot of environmental resources are used in shipping that item to your location, so keep that in mind! You’re better off buying locally produced items.
Eco-friendly or green decorating doesn’t need to be expensive, nor does it need to be a difficult task. Arming yourself with a little knowledge and then mixing in a bit of creativity is really all you need.