With climate change and plastic waste impacting our everyday lives, there has never been a more important time than now to adopt eco-friendly decorating practices.
Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, shares her top ways to lead a more sustainable lifestyle at home.
Repurpose old furniture
Upcycling is a sustainable way to kickstart an eco-friendly lifestyle. It breathes new life into old furniture and is a cost-effective and crafty solution to update home decor.
“Upcycling conserves the environment by fully utilising what we already have,” Rebecca explains. “It prevents furniture from being thrown into landfills and is instead updated with a new look.”
“The key is to start small by picking a simple DIY project such as repainting your headboard in the bedroom.
It’s an enjoyable activity that you can do in your own time and saves you the money of having to buy new furniture.
With its tranquil and lively appeal, opt for green as it perks up the rest of the decor by injecting a soothing feel to the space.”
Switch to non-toxic paint
Making the switch to eco-friendly products has a huge impact on the planet, home and overall health. It’s these small steps that help reduce harm on the environment and pushes people to lead a healthier lifestyle in the long-run.
Take this concept to the walls with non-toxic paint which is free from volatile organic compounds (VOC) and removes chemicals such as formaldehyde in the air for a clean breathing space at home.
“Bring the positive qualities of non-toxic paint and the psychological benefits of colours together with a feature wall in the home office,” Rebecca says. “Hobby Wood by Earthborn is a good pick as it exudes relaxation while providing that optimistic boost.”
“Meanwhile, non-toxic paint adds colour and personality to your child’s bedroom while creating a clean and healthy playing environment for your children. Go for Earthborn’s Rosie Posie and Secret Room for that playful, whimsical touch.”
Incorporate houseplants into decor
Going green at home literally and metaphorically would not be complete without including houseplants into the decor.
Apart from purifying the air, houseplants also create a more welcoming atmosphere. And with proper attention and care, indoor plants will flourish in the right environment and provide plenty of room for experimentation.
Use walls and ceilings to hang plants
Aside from green plants, you can also channel a rustic, natural vibe by incorporating dried flowers as part of the decor.
Or if you’re interested in building a green display, a staghorn fern mounting wall appeals to those who favour a raw and natural aesthetic with its warm wood tones.
Start an indoor garden
Starting an indoor garden in the kitchen is a sustainable solution for urban living.
“Being self-sufficient is an important part of an eco-friendly lifestyle,” Rebecca explains.
“Learn to grow your own herbs, fruits or vegetables at home which can later be used for cooking.”
Give composting a shot
Now that you’ve got all that fresh fruit from your garden, what do you do with their waste? The green answer is to compost it.
Composting is a way of turning organic waste into nutrient dense humus, which can then be used to fertilise plants and your fruit-bearing trees.
Do some research before selecting a compost method that works best for you – taking into account whether you have an outdoor area with access to sunlight, for instance.
Composting reduces the waste that would otherwise head to a landfill.
However, if it doesn’t sound like something you have the time or energy for, look for local farmers or associations who could use your organic waste.
Things like fruit and vegetable peelings, seeds or even used coffee grounds are common compost materials.
bring the outdoors in
Bringing the outdoors in has become an increasingly popular way to infuse nature into the home. Known as biophilia, it’s a concept that combines a love of nature with innovative design to improve health and wellbeing.
“The calming elements of nature are a welcome respite to the senses in the chaotic world we live in,” Rebecca says.
Use natural materials
Decorating with natural materials such as wood, cotton and linen establishes a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere when you combine it with the right amount of natural lighting, greenery and colour palette.
In the living room, turn your focus towards breathable materials which give the space a cosy and practical touch, such as with a linen sofa and cotton cushion covers.
The ambience here is not just for the aesthetics, it’s also about delivering a positive impact on our lifestyle.
Choose LED bulbs and appliances
Need to replace a light bulb or appliance? Choose LED bulbs and appliances with a good energy efficiency rating.
There’s also a device called a tap aerator (or flow regulator) that acts as a sieve to separate a single flow of water into many tiny streams. This introduces air into the water flow, resulting in a reduction of overall water used.