With sustainable home building on the rise, it’s no surprise homeowners are looking for eco-friendly decor to use in their homes. We have to admit, this one trend we can get behind! Luckily, there are a lot of different options to choose from! Keep reading for five ways to add eco-friendly decor to your home.
1. Use Plants Throughout Your Home
Adding plants throughout your home is a great, eco-friendly way to brighten up any space. Not only are they a beautiful addition to your home, but they also purify the air. The best part? There are no hard rules about which plants to use! From succulents to florals, feel free to mix and match. If you’re known for your green thumb, consider installing a “living plant wall” or scale it back with a small herb garden on the wall. Either way, your home will benefit from an abundance of plants!
2. Opt for Floor Coverings Made from Natural Materials
A pretty area rug is one of the best ways to bring color and warmth to any room. However, area rugs are one of the biggest culprits of off-gassing, which is when chemicals are released over time. One way to avoid this is by choosing floor coverings made from materials like jute, wool, or sisal. In addition to being eco-friendly, these materials add texture and dimension to the room.
3. Upcycle Antique or Retro Furniture
Just like rugs, new furniture is often guilty of off-gassing. While retro furniture isn’t necessarily chemical-free, it’s less likely to release chemicals into your home. Here’s why:
- A lot of older, vintage furniture tend to be free of the toxic chemicals we’re familiar with today.
- It’s more than likely already released all of those chemicals over the years.
If there was ever a time to embrace upcycled furniture, it’s now. Retro styles are making a comeback, especially Mid-Century Modern and Art Deco pieces. Head to an antique shop or spend an afternoon browsing a local flea market to find ec0-friendly furniture and save some money in the process.
4. Use Low-VOC Paint
Most synthetic products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that build up in enclosed spaces. One particular offender that produces VOCs is paint. The good news is, there are many different low-VOC paints available including those by big brands like Benjamin Moore.
5. Use Natural Elements to Make a Statement
Natural elements are a great way to incorporate eco-friendly decor into your home. A favorite option? Using reclaimed wood accents. From ceiling inserts to accent walls, this trend is a favorite among homeowners. Other options include decor made from metal, glass, and stone.