Building a house using sustainable materials is slowly gaining more popularity as the years go by. If you already own a home and decided to go the eco-friendly route, but you’re a little tight on the budget, you don’t have to worry that much. There are ways to make any space in your home a little greener without actually remodeling anything. We’ve compiled a list of eco-friendly design ideas to make your home just a bit gentler on the planet and the environment.
1. Decorate With Plants
Of course, the most obvious choice is to decorate your home with plants. You can either use live plants or decorate your home using potted ones. There are so many different plants you can grow indoors. Opt for plants that don’t need too much maintenance. These can include spider plants, mother-in-law’s tongue, and peace lilies. If you want your indoor plants to add some color, go for the snake plant, gerbera daisy, or golden pothos.
2. Use Organic Paints
Aside from using fresh and live plants in your home, you can add more greenery by painting your home with organic paints. Most paints in the market today use toxic chemicals and toxic fumes when they’re drying up. The good news is that today there are many organic paints that use renewable and recyclable products to avoid toxins and harmful chemicals.
Using organic paints can give your home a more eco-friendly vibe. Not only are they great for the environment but also for your health as you won’t be exposed to harsh chemicals when painting your home.
3. Repurpose Old Furniture
If you’re in the mood for a change, you can always repurpose old furniture. You can use old furniture to create different kinds of pieces. Maybe you can turn that old coffee table into a new bookshelf or use old cabinets to build a bookshelf. This can also be a great way to recycle old pieces that you’re not going to use anymore.
4. Use Old Clothing
Who would’ve thought that old clothes can make a great way to add a little color to your home? You can use shirts or even socks to hang on the wall or on the corner of your house. You can also make a rug using old clothes by simply making something by cutting holes in the said shirts or socks. Don’t have the space for a rug? Don’t worry, you can make an art piece by cutting the clothing and using them to decorate a part of the wall.
5. Choose Linen Sheets
Next time you’re shopping for new bed sheets, choose linen ones. Linen sheets are made from renewable plant fibers. To date, linen is considered the most sustainable of all textiles. They also come in a variety of designs and are quite soft and comfortable to sleep in.
6. Maximize Natural Light
Getting natural light can make your home appear more spacious and bright. Of course, living in a city may not be the best place to get natural light, but there are still ways to maximize it. You can opt for a room with a large window and use curtains that allow some light to pass through. It would also be best if you could also keep the curtains open in the morning during the day.
Being eco-friendly doesn’t have to be expensive. The tips mentioned above on making your home eco-friendly can be done without spending a fortune. You don’t even have to entirely renovate your home to make it eco-friendly. You just have to make a few adjustments here and there.
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