Not many homeowners consider the environmental impact of their interior décor. This is understandable considering that the focus of many people is the creation of a beautiful home. But the next time you are redecorating, you might want to opt for more eco-friendly options. You will still get a beautiful home but at the same time you can play your part in protecting the environment.
Here are some of the best eco-friendly interior design ideas for your home and most of them do not require you to dig too deep into your pocket:
1. Use natural light
Use large windows, glass walls and skylights to let in as much natural light as possible. That way, you don’t have to keep the lights on as much, even in the early evening in spring and summer. This not only protects the environment but can also lead to significant energy savings.
In addition to its eco-friendliness, natural light has a magical effect in any room. It creates an atmosphere of life and relaxation. It is especially perfect for rooms such as bedrooms and the living room. If you have few or small windows, use mirrors positioned opposite the windows to magnify the lighting effect.
2. Use indoor plants
Have a potted plant or two in your indoor areas. Plants help to purify air by absorbing particles and chemicals from it, leaving the room’s air cleaner and healthier. When chosen well and positioned properly, they can create a striking effect in the room. The best plants for improving air quality are bamboo palm, lilies and gerbera daisy.
3. Use energy efficient lighting
Lighting is one of the biggest gobblers of energy. Switching to energy-efficient lighting such as compact fluorescent lighting saves the environment while cutting huge chunks out of your monthly bills.
4. Use energy-efficient windows
Another major user of electrical energy is air conditioning. By choosing the right kind of windows, you can cut back on your cooling needs. Some energy efficient windows have special coatings or layers to prevent loss of heat from the interior.
5. Multipurpose furniture
Reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of furniture in your home. One way to do this is to multipurpose furniture. A dining table, for instance, can double up as a preparation area for the kitchen. A well-designed storage chest can also be used as a coffee table. Another way to go green when it comes to furniture is to buy second-hand.
6. Use natural and organic materials
From wall coverings to table tops and flooring, try to stay as natural and organic as possible. A good example is furniture made from recycled timber, you can buy recycled timber in Wellington and other parts of New Zealand.
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