Home decor is the latest industry to include sustainable materials. When it comes to home decor, it is generally about aesthetics and less about whether a product or materials are sustainable. But, there are plenty of options that are both beautiful and functional as well as green.
Everything from the paint on your walls to the natural stone tiles on your floor can be sourced with sustainability in mind. The ease of finding these products means that you don't even need to make many changes to your personal style or worry about a huge expense in order to easily use sustainable materials.
These are a few easy changes to consider and ways in which you can easily make your home more sustainable.
Select Furnishings Made From Sustainable Materials
Anytime you need to update or redecorate items in your home, focus on options that are made from sustainable materials. Fabrics, wallpaper, cabinetry, flooring, and furniture are all choices that help establish a room and make a great backdrop for smaller decor pieces. More brands continue to offer sustainable options with each year as options become available and consumers show interest in swapping out less earth friendly choices.
Choose Quality Over Fast Decor
Like fast fashion, decor is available cheap and on trend. Stop buying items that fall into the category of fast decor and instead choose quality pieces that will last a lifetime and can be incorporated into your decor scheme year to year and season to season.
Quality pieces will include those that are made from reclaimed wood, covered in organic natural fabrics, sourced from natural stone outcroppings, and from brands that have earth friendly manufacturing processes.
Repair and Purchase Second Hand
In addition to purchasing quality decor and furnishings, consider purchasing secondhand or repairing those items you already own to breathe life into old items. Along with overbuying fast decor or purchasing pieces that will not last, buying secondhand is a great way to keep items out of the landfill. You can quickly reupholster a chair or couch with sustainable fabric, making it as good as new.
Small home furnishings from lamps to shelving to art pieces can be purchased secondhand or repurposed in a way that suits your personal style. DIY projects are also a great way to use up sustainable materials in a way that coordinates with the decor in your home.
All of these ideas can help you create the home of your dreams.