Having some greenery around the house is a great way to add green style to your space. Choose a few hardy houseplants (i.e., the ones almost anyone can keep alive) and watch your home come to life. Some options include snake plant, pothos, philodendron and spider plant. Literally anywhere you have light coming into your home can grow a plant. A corner filled with greenery makes more of a statement than any vase or other decorative item ever could.
Before you buy your next piece of furniture, take a look at where it was manufactured. Was it shipped from halfway around the world? Rather than buying from a big-box store, do some research to find furnishings made in your own state, city or even hometown. You can even try scouring local antique shops for smaller items like end tables and kitchen stools. A little refinishing (and elbow grease) is all it takes to whip something back into shape.
As you give your home a design facelift, consider using organic paints where you can. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air, and is considered one of the top five hazards to human health (with paints and finishes among the leading culprits). To combat the toxic load, choose organic paints and finishes that are free of toxins. Ecos and BioShield are two options.
If you're thinking about new flooring, why not go green? There are several options to consider when it comes to sustainable flooring. You can choose from the following:
One of the easiest ways to stick to a green design resolution is to realize that less is more when it comes to decorating your home. The less you buy, the less you're contributing to the over-the-top consumerism that is one cause of the environmental issues we're experiencing -- and besides, minimalism is chic. The less clutter you have, the nicer your home will look.
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