See some ideas to be more sustainable in your decor
Is sustainability a theme that moves you? So imagine that this is immersed in your entire life, from food, fashion and even your home. Can your decor be more sustainable? Yes, and in many ways! Today’s post is to show you some interesting ideas on how to make your decor more sustainable – with a lot of beauty, charm and preserving nature. Come on!
HOW TO THINK ABOUT A MORE SUSTAINABLE DECORATION
First, it will be necessary to think sustainably in the choice of items. If you are already familiar with the topic, you know that sustainability follows the tripod of social, environmental and economic concerns. It is necessary to take into account impacts for people, for the environment and especially the reduction of resources. This is how we think of our decoration at Casa Tegra, which is full of natural plants, for example.
For this reason, most of the ideas are based on this concept. Of course, without leaving the charm and beauty of a beautiful decoration aside. It is possible to make the environment lighter, pleasant and relaxing, with all the style you like. It’s not because it’s sustainable that it can’t be sophisticated.
Let’s go-to tips?
Spreading plants around the house is one of the first paths to sustainable decoration. In addition to bringing greenery to the environment, they can contribute to fresher, cleaner air indoors. Choose plants that grow well indoors and that can be composed in various ways: pots, vertical gardens, and shelves.
A personal garden is also a sustainable way of thinking about decor. It leaves the environment elegant and contributes to a balanced diet, as you can plant spices and small vegetables.
See also on our blog:
• Learn how to create a vertical garden in your apartment
• 10 plants that purify indoor air
What about the potted plants to be chosen? Opt for pots made of clay, ceramic or wood. These materials, in addition to having good durability, are less harmful to the environment.
One of the cheapest features in sustainable decor is letting more light into your home. Maximize the use of daylight so that you don’t need as much artificial lighting. And in the case of too much outside light, control the excess with translucent blinds and curtains. It is also worth using SUV films on window and balcony glass for this control.
If you want to get even more involved, natural lighting can help give your home much more scenic effects, enhancing the beauty of the decor.
If the natural lighting is not a viable option, artificial lighting can also be improved. Choose products and appliances that consume less energy, such as LED light bulbs. They help save on electricity bills and help with the environment.
REUSE AND REUSE OLD FURNITURE AND WOOD
Buying new furniture with sustainable elements will be very welcome for your decoration, but it is not mandatory. Especially thinking about those economic impacts we talked about at the beginning of this post.
Now maybe the time to rescue used or old furniture. It’s worth repairing what you already have at home or even inherited from someone, and digging in antique shops. Search the homes of friends and family or even entities’ bazaars. Antique furniture can give rooms a vintage and sustainable feel.
Reusing demolition wood, pallets, fair boxes and other types of wood can also work. Boxes can be arranged like a bookcase, as niches, bedside furniture, coffee tables… Pallets can help in the creation of vertical gardens or as support for lower furniture.
And your ideas can go further, creating versions of furniture with dual functions: a sofa that turns into a bed, a small table that turns into a bench, a work table that turns into a dresser, etc. That’s the cool part of customization: the use of creativity.
Important: clean and treat these items well, as they may be infested with borers and termites.
The materials you will use in this renovation can also be chosen with the objective of being less harmful to the environment. Use water-based, low-VOC paints and varnishes, or earth-based eco-friendly versions. VOCs are volatile organic compounds or chemical substances that contain carbon and that are easily converted into vapors or gases – emitted by burning gasoline, applying paint, using solvents, etc.
Another way of thinking in a more sustainable way is to investigate the origin of purchased materials, from the supplier’s socio-environmental concern to packaging. When choosing a wood product, for example, prefer certified wood products, demolition or reforestation.
And coatings can also be chosen that way. Cement flooring, hydraulic tiles, bamboo or certified wood have a low environmental impact.