Creative Ways To Add Eco Elements To Your Home
No matter whether you live in a huge house or a compact apartment, it makes sense to redecorate your place from time to time to give it a new lease of life. But with lots of different options out there, it can be hard to settle on a design choice that you’re satisfied is both beautiful and sustainable for the long-term.
That’s where ideas come in. By both giving your home a touch of elegance yet also ensuring that the carbon footprint of your redecoration is low, you can renovate in confidence that you’re being both stylish and responsible.
In this article, we’ll share some ideas on how to incorporate eco-friendly elements to your property and suggest ways that you too can design the environmentally aware home of your dreams.
Re-use items as soft furnishings
When it comes to giving your home that extra touch of pizzazz, soft furnishings and decorative, ornamental features are a must.
You have a couple of options for stocking your place with these items: you could go out and buy something new, with the recycling you can reduce your environmental impact by avoiding the costly, gas-guzzling supply chains used by many major stores.
Instead of buying a brand new, expensive vase or glass pot, for example, why not turn an old jam jar or wine bottle into a vase by cleaning it down, rubbing off labels and adding your own decorative touches?
Recycle your furniture
You can also do this with larger furniture items as well, so there’s no need to limit yourself to small items if you’re on a recycling roll. To make a beautiful wooden coffee table, for example, you can a piece of abandoned wood and varnish it.
Not only does that give your room that fashionable rustic look that regularly features in interior design magazines across the nation, it also means you won’t have to shell out lots of cash or damage the environment in order to get the style. And the advantage to the environment of doing this is that there’s none of the harmful chemicals released when new furniture is made.
Add some panels
Solar panels are a common sight on many buildings across the country now, and they’re efficient at providing a low cost and efficient energy supply.
But there’s more to panels than just sun-loving roof technology. In fact, there are many different lesser known options available for those who want to enjoy the benefits of panels.
Why not consider, for example, some vacuum insulation panels if you’re building from scratch or your home is undergoing major repairs? They provide a natural way to insulate a property, reducing the use of traditional technologies such as central heating.
You could also opt for structural insulated panels (SIP)? These pieces are often used to create barriers between rooms in eco-friendly homes, and they tend to be a similar price to other options such as wood – so there’s no economic reason to avoid using them.
Installing some compost bins will remove the need to use artificial fertilizers in your garden. A large compost bin is essential for composting all green waste, although many homes now also have a small food waste bin in the kitchen for vegetable peels and other small, easily biodegradable food items.
And while compost bins might not, on the face of it, seem a particularly beautiful household object, there are lots of ways to make them look pretty. Why not encourage environmentally friendly habits in your kids, for example, by getting them to decorate the compost bin using waterproof materials to give the bin a more interesting and acceptable look?
Ultimately, it’s clear that when it comes to interior design you really can have it all. Not only can you enjoy living in a gorgeous home fitted out with elegant and striking features that your guests will love, you can also make sure that you keep the environmental impact of any redesigns as low as possible.
With some forward planning, a creative mindset and a little dash of luck, you’ll find some great recycled items, effective panels or other household items which will suit your style and give yourself an eco-friendly home to be proud of.