Eco-Friendly Decorating Ideas For Your Home On a Budget

Guest Writer: Maggie Baker

Some people believe that eco-friendly decorating is unaffordable, but fortunately, that’s not the case. There are countless ways to go green while decorating your home without breaking the bank. Get inspired by these budget-friendly and eco-friendly decorating ideas: 

Choose Zero-VOC Paints

Applying a fresh layer of paint to the walls can completely transform the look of your home. However, it’s important to choose the paint you use wisely. Many paints emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are harmful gases that can negatively affect the indoor air quality, the environment, and your health. Avoid exposure to VOCs by choosing zero-VOC paints when decorating your home. These paints will not release harmful gases inside your home, so they are much safer to use.

Hang Energy Efficient Window Treatments

It’s estimated that 30% of the heat produced by your heating and cooling system is lost through the windows in the winter. In the summer, about 76% of the sunlight that hits your windows will enter and increase the temperature inside your home. This means your heating and cooling system has to consume additional energy to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home.

To conserve energy, choose energy efficient window treatments when decorating your home. Cellular shades reduce heat loss in the winter and prevent sunlight from heating the inside of your home in the summer. Drapes are also a great choice and are perfect for people who want a more elegant look.

Buy Used Items

Reduce waste by purchasing used furniture and décor instead of buying brand new pieces. Visit vintage and antique stores in your community to look for gently used items that will work well in your home. You can also browse through the items on websites such as Ebay and Gumtree to find beautiful pieces that will complement your home and protect the environment.

Add Greenery

Use houseplants as decorative accents throughout your home. These plants will add depth and texture to every room, but they provide other benefits as well. Plants soak up many of the air pollutants floating around your home, so they will improve your indoor air quality. Not only that, they also convert carbon dioxide to oxygen.

Look For Natural Candles

Many people think of candles as decorative accessories that can complement every room in the home. If you plan on incorporating candles into your home décor, make sure they are natural. A lot of candles release VOCs, which are the same harmful chemicals that are found in paints. Keep VOCs out of your home by purchasing candles made out of natural materials such as soy and beeswax. These candles do not emit VOCs, so you can light them without worrying about whether or not you are breathing in harmful substances.

Decorating in an eco-friendly manner will make your dream of living in a green home a reality. If you’re ready to change the look inside your home, incorporate these tips to beautify your interior while also doing your part to protect the environment.

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