Go Green With Your Home Decor
With Earth Day right around the corner (April 22, FYI), I though it would only be fitting to discuss some ways to incorporate ‘green’ environmentally-friendly elements into your home decor. Regardless of the size and layout of your home, there are plenty of ways to create a green environment.
Curtains play a major role in the overall decor of a room or area inside a home. They add a new color and texture to the environment that’s not found in other decorative accessories.
Rather than using the same generic curtains throughout your home, you should consider upgrading to energy-efficient curtains. These curtains are manufactured with a special UV-protected material to help block out sunlight. And according to manufacturers, energy-efficient curtains can reduce a home’s power usage by as much as 10%.
Bamboo is an eco-friendly material that’s perfect for use in home flooring. It offers many of the same benefits as hardwood flooring — durability, style and comfort — but without the massive impact on the environment. Bamboo is considered an easier to grow, more sustainable element that hardwood, making it the preferred choice for eco-conscious homeowners and families.
Bamboo flooring is also relatively inexpensive, costing a fraction of that of hardwood flooring. You can add new floors to a single room or your entire home without breaking your budget.
If you really want to go green with your home decor, you should incorporate some houseplants into the mix. Houseplants are not only beautiful, but they also help absorb airborne toxins while releasing fresh oxygen back into the atmosphere. Adding just a couple houseplants throughout your home can make a world of difference in terms of air quality.
Some of the best houseplants in terms of air purification benefits include:
- Dwarf date palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
- Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens)
- Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis‘)
- Kimberly queen fern (Nephrolepis obliterata)
- English ivy (Hedera helix)
- Lilyturf (Liriope spicata)
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Devil’s ivy, Money plant (Epipremnum aureum)
- Peace lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)
- Flamingo lily (Anthurium andraeanum)
- Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
Another eco-friendly decorative accessory for the home is an indoor water fountain (yes, there are indoor fountains as well as outdoor fountains). The presence of a style indoor fountain will bring a new sense of tranquility and opulence to your home while working to remove dust, pet dander, mold and other impurities from the air.