Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Five Easy Ways to Decorate Your Home Green

DesignerEco has put together a few ideas to help you get on your way to a greener, healthier home.

1 . Paint

 One of the best ways to make your home green is to use paint that has low VOC’s, (Volatile Organic Compounds). This goes for sealants and coatings too. Eliminating these toxins in your home is crucial for maintaining healthy indoor air quality, not to mention keeping you and your family healthier.  To make research simple, try these top brands for your next green painting project: Bioshield, Benjamin Moore Natura, Frazee UltraTech, and Sherwin-Williams Emerald.

2.  Flooring    
Bamboo and cork are two eco-chic flooring materials. Bamboo, a grass not a wood, is extremely sturdy, low maintenance, and springier underfoot than wood. Its price is also comparable to most other woods. Cork is resilient, flexible, and comfortable, giving a cozy feel. Even better, its natural properties guard against mold, mildew, pests and rot. If you’re sold already, check out these sites to see more eco friendly alternatives: Ecofriendly Flooring, Natural Home, the Environmental Home Center, or Greenfloors. We did bamboo floors recently in both a bathroom and kitchen.

3.     Window Coverings
For a no-construction eco project, consider replacing your drapes or shades with a sustainable option. Companies like The Shade Store and American Draperies & Blinds value using environmentally friendly materials and don’t sacrifice style at all. If your drapes need a facelift, take the plunge now. We think you’ll be happy you did.

4.     Furniture
Another amazing way to make your home green is to use only natural lacquers and finishes on your furniture. Doing this eliminates VOC’s, thus creating a healthier home and a cleaner environment. Check out Designereco’s stylish Caribou Bed Frame, which is finished with a water based satin polyurethane.

5.     Accessories
Last, decorating your home with eco friendly pillows like our Wabisabi Jellyfish and Sea Urchin Organic Cotton Pillows are a fantastic way to design without compromising the environment. Double-checking the materials your accessories are made from keeps your home trendy and, of course, green.

 We hope these easy tips will help get you on your way to transforming your home into a green and stylish haven. After all, decorating your home green is said to make people healthier and happier, so why not give it a try?

Please write to use if you have ideas or want supplier suggestions - we are always happy to help.

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