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When it comes to updating your home decor, many homeowners feel as though it’s impossible to achieve the look they desire for their home. In fact, according to a HomeGoods survey, only one out of five Americans feel happy with their home decor. And if you’re a Green and Clean homeowner, it can be even harder to find the right decor for your abode.
However, there are many ways to incorporate decorative elements that are both fashionable and eco-friendly. Here are just a few ideas for incorporating stylish and sustainable elements into your living room decor.
Furniture made of all-natural materials has taken 2017 home trends by storm, according to Elemental Green. This includes stone countertops and coffee tables, wicker chairs, and terracotta walls. Not only does bringing the elements indoors create a rustic-chic atmosphere, but you don’t have to worry about supporting traditional home decor pieces that are often manufactured with chemicals and toxins. Finally, don’t forget to incorporate some real plants in your design scheme to pull the look together.
Even though furniture is typically the third most expensive thing a person will ever buy, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere with smaller home decor pieces is what adds a distinct sense of individualism to your home. Creating a photo gallery wall is a great way to do this, and while traditional picture frames are often created from non-sustainable materials, eco-friendly frames are made from sustainably-sourced wood and other natural materials. But before investing in eco-friendly frames, take Frame Destination‘s word of advice:
“In order for a frame to be 100-percent eco-friendly, it’s important to know where the wood was sourced and what materials are included. This is crucial for not only the wood itself, but the finishes on the frame. Make sure there are no plastic or synthetic materials included in the frame, and that the finish is eco-friendly.”
If you’re concerned about being able to make the distinction between traditional and eco-friendly frames, keep it simple and opt for a material called ‘rubberwood.’ It’s very durable and created from rubberwood trees, which aren’t cut down and used for lumber until they die of natural causes. And don’t forget — when creating a gallery wall with your new eco-friendly frames, try to leave a 3-inch space between each one for maximum aesthetic appeal.
Sustainable Rugs And Carpets
Traditional carpets are manufactured from synthetic fibers, which are often filled with unknown chemicals and toxins. These days, however, more and more carpet manufacturers are doing their part to incorporate green materials into their designs. When shopping for eco-friendly carpeting or rugs, look for organically grown wool or cotton. Anything created from recycled materials is also a safe bet. If you can’t afford to buy brand new, you can even achieve sustainability by shopping at a thrift store and investing in an antique rug.
Ultimately, almost anything in your home can be replaced with an eco-friendly alternative. Understanding the small efforts you can take to incorporate sustainable elements into your home is the best way to get closer to creating the home of your dreams while keeping Mother Earth in mind.