Want to live in a more eco-friendly way? Green living means making daily lifestyle choices that lean toward sustainability and limiting your carbon footprint on the planet. If you’re itching for a change in your home but want to living sustainably, follow these tips to create a space that rejuvenates your spirit, is environmentally friendly, AND stylish…
Buy eco-friendly materials
There was a time when green building materials and eco-friendly design products were quite costly. With a projected $80 billion market for green materials in the next five years, manufacturers are meeting the growing demand for affordable and savvy eco-friendly products. Bio-Glass (recycled glass for backsplashes) and cork flooring are a couple stylish alternative materials. Above, Nancy Janis’s cork floor is repurposed with Modello® custom stencils MarqAll107.
One of the best ways to live sustainably is to not create waste in the first place! Do your home decor shopping with the notion “less is more”. However, don’t let that stop you from living without decor. Give new life to those pieces that were forgotten by others and would otherwise be thrown out: Buy 100% organic cotton, salvaged wood, and gently used furniture. You can make these items reflective of your own home and personality by using paint and stencils. This Upholstered Chair DIY Tutorial shows you how you can make thrifted furniture match your own style.
A room makeover can be super easy… It can be just about upcycling what you’ve already got and seeing it from a new perspective. One way to refresh a design often is by taking a creative approach to existing pieces. Why dump a perfectly functional table or chair when it has potential? Give it a transformation by reupholstering it with new fabric (like organic cotton, wool, or hemp), re-staining it, or painting it (with low-VOC or no-VOC paints of course!). If you’re tired of the colors or patterns on your furniture, consider refurbishing and upcycling them with Furniture Painting Stencils, rather than buying new items. You CAN save worn or outdated upholstered furniture! Check out these DIY tutorials to reclaim your existing or thrifted furniture:
Be energy efficient
Smart technology in our homes has made energy efficiency easier to do, and can be even regulated by your phone anywhere. Smart thermostats automatically adapt temperature based on scheduling and sensors. The sleek, modern designs are also a nice stylish touch!
Rethink your flooring
Ripping out carpets is an important step toward making a healthy and beautiful home. While the wall-to-wall carpets in many homes look soft and inviting, they’re notorious for harboring allergens and trapping toxins like pesticides that get tracked in from outside. Most synthetic carpets also contain VOCs. Consider replacing your carpet with a sustainable hard floor made of responsibly harvested wood, reclaimed wood, renewable bamboo, or cork. You can also skip refinishing and expose the underlying baseboard, plywood, or concrete and pretty it up with Floor Painting Stencils. Here’s a few DIY tutorials to help you get started with your eco-friendly floor makeovers: