Updated: Sep 5, 2018
In celebration of Mother Earth, we are sharing 8 design tips for an eco-friendly home interior. Updating the interior of your home to be more eco-friendly not only helps save the environment, but can have an impact on your health through a reduction of harmful substances, reduced allergens and increased air filtration. What steps have you taken to create an eco-friendly environment inside your home?
1. Use Plants As Decor
Plants can help filter air and would aid in removing harmful chemicals in the room. If you are aiming to improve indoor air quality, you can place peace lilies, bamboo palm or Gerbera Daisy.
2. Let In Natural Sunlight
Using daylight in lieu of electrical lighting can save on electrical bills and prevent the emission of pollutants inside the house.
3. Use Organic and/or Natural Materials
You have to do away with plastic, particleboard and chromed metal. Obtain furniture that is made from organic materials like wood or bamboo instead. Some flooring options are stone, wood parquet and laminated flooring.
4. Use Energy Efficient Lighting
Using compact fluorescent lights can help you save energy, reduce electricity usage, as well as, prevent emission of greenhouse gasses and pollutants.
5. Choose Products With Low VOC
VOC (volatile organic compounds) are harmful to your health and can be found in products like paints, furniture, carpets and more. So, when purchasing home goods, always look for items that do not emit VOC or have low VOC content.
6. Use Energy Efficient Windows
Choose windows that are lined with special coatings to reflect heat and give insulation. This can help maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home without extra engird usage from A/C or heating units.
7. Choose Eco-Friendly Wall Coverings
Choose paints that do not emit harmful substances. Some eco-friendly pain alternative are wood panels, cork or ceramic tiles, which can add a nice pop of design to your space as well.
8. Use Wool-Stuffed Organic Materials
In order to prevent allergens such as dust mites, your mattresses, pillows, carpets and bedding should be wool-stuffed.