As time goes on, most of us realize just how important it is to start incorporating more sustainable habits in every aspect of our lives. That includes interior design, which can help your mood in addition to the environment.
If you’ve never given sustainability a thought before, starting to make changes might feel very intimidating. There’s no need to stress though, because there are a few simple changes you can already make. Here are some simple switches and updates you can make without having to completely overhaul your home.
Add Plants To Your Home
This is one of the simplest ways to boost your home sustainability as plants help introduce oxygen and filter out toxins from the air. The best part is that they look great too! You can also add in plants that can be used for teas and cooking, that way you’re truly getting the most out of your plant decor.
Use Light To Your Advantage
Making sure you have the proper lighting can always help when it comes to trying to maximize natural sunlight. If you live in an area that’s frequently cold, try to limit how much you use heavy curtains, and perhaps opt to use roller blinds instead, as they allow more light in. You can make sure that your curtains are completely insulated so that they don’t let heat escape or allow cold in. Double glazing windows also help.
Avoid Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organize compounds, also knowns as VOC, are compounds that evaporate quickly while at room temperature. A lot of household products like cleaning supplies, paints, air fresheners, and adhesives contain VOCs. These can lead to health complications including headaches, throat irritation, liver damage, nausea, and even cancer. Choose Green Seal-certified products and products that are low odor.
Use Natural Materials
When choosing furniture, try to avoid ones made of plastic molding. Instead, choose furniture that’s made out of natural wood, bamboo, or other natural materials. You can also upcycle and buy vintage and antique furniture as well. Countertops can be made of marble and stone.
Odds & Ends
You can also try to avoid flooring materials that aren’t made of stone or wood like vinyl, which is made of plastic that is toxic. Try to incorporate as much reclaimed and repurposed materials for your home decor and furniture. Avoid using toxic cleaners, try making your own natural cleaning supplies using household supplies like white vinegar and baking soda.