By choosing a home from Manchester Green Homes, you’re making a smart decision regarding your home’s carbon footprint. Our Certified Green Homes are better for the planet and better for your wallet. Your interior design choices are another way that your home can leave a minimal footprint.
As we all become more interested in going green and becoming more eco-friendly, our choices for our surroundings are important to keep in mind. Reducing waste, choosing sustainable materials, and lowering our energy use are all possible with some wise interior design choices.
Here are some smart, eco-friendly ideas for your home’s interior design:
- Is this a Sustainable Material? Each element of your home should be questioned. Ask if there’s any better material for the job. When choosing rugs, flooring, tile, or upholstery, ask if there’s a way to make the item more sustainable. Bamboo is being used to create everything from dinner plates to carpets. Search for items made of recycled plastics or metals. The options are endless and may surprise you!
- Give Items a Second Life. Savvy interior designers know that secondhand items are better made, contain classic design elements, and have a lower environmental impact than purchasing new items. Scour vintage and antique shops for unique items that you won’t see in big box stores. The design benefits are threefold, the items are beautiful, they’ll last longer, and they don’t use new resources from our planet.
- Think Reclaimed. When shopping for new items, look for words like “reclaimed.” Reclaimed wood and other materials are items that are produced without using anything new from the earth. Reclaimed wood items are having a moment in the interior decorating world; they have more character and a lesser footprint we can all appreciate.
- Add Plants. It’s no surprise that bringing green into your home can actually make it more eco-friendly by purifying the air. The positive environmental impact of houseplants will help in several ways. Follow this decorator’s rule for adding living things to a room: “always have one more living item than there are humans in a space.” You won’t regret the positive environmental impact from a beautiful plant in a space.
- Make Green Lighting Choices. For years, eco-friendly lights were harsh, extremely cool toned, and didn’t work as well as incandescent bulbs. Things have changed dramatically. LED lights have come a long way. Explore all the options available for lightbulbs that will cost you less over time, last for years longer, and use fewer of our earth’s valuable resources. Designers are loving recent trends in LED bulbs such as the hip Edison-style bulbs that look great in exposed fixtures or under glass shades.
- Choose Less. Minimalism is a hot topic, but it’s also a green choice that homeowners can make. Save money and resources by choosing fewer items. You’ll have less to clean, spend less of your design dollar, and have less to dispose of in the future. Only bring items into your home that you truly love. Minimalism doesn’t have to mean a cold and inhospitable home; it can mean a warm environment filled with a select few items that are truly special to your family.
Designing a home that you love for its look and its carbon footprint is possible with a bit of mindfulness. Use these ideas to make your home more green and more beautiful!
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