Some sustainable decor ideas that are not only gorgeous but also great for the planet!
With the alarming increase in global warming and the planet rapidly heating up, it is evident that we have not been taking care of our planet as we should. Our actions contribute to pollution, deforestation, harm to animals, and the overproduction of plastic.
However, there is a glimmer of hope as more people are making simple lifestyle changes and embracing eco-friendly decor ideas that promote sustainability. We are now integrating these ideas into our homes, transforming them into environmentally conscious spaces. Opting for recyclable shopping bags to replace plastic containers with steel and glass alternatives to using stainless steel straws and even embracing electric vehicles have become common practices.
While individual efforts are commendable, it is crucial to extend these changes to our homes and workplaces. By doing so, we can become the change we wish to see and ensure a cleaner and healthier planet for future generations.
World Environment Day, observed on 5th June globally, is a significant event that promotes awareness and action for environmental protection. One way to contribute to this important occasion is by incorporating sustainable decor ideas and colours for your walls. By choosing eco-friendly materials and embracing nature-inspired hues, you can create a harmonious and environmentally conscious living space. In this blog, we will explore various sustainable decor ideas including a great option for eco-friendly paint and suggest colours that reflect the beauty of the natural world.
Eco-Friendly Decor Ideas For Your Home
Choose Low VOC, Environment Safe Paints
VOCs are the chemical components responsible for that strong and unpleasant paint smell, which can leave us feeling queasy or with a headache after painting a room. However, there is a solution: Berger Silk Breathe Easy.
It is not only low in VOCs but also contains bio-resistant ingredients to stop the formation of fungus and algae. This means that it is not only less harmful to the environment but also to your health and the well-being of your pets. With Berger Silk Breathe Easy, you can enjoy the process of decorating without the associated headaches and discomfort.
Incorporate Natural Materials
When it comes to sustainable decor, using natural materials is key. Opt for furniture made from reclaimed wood, bamboo or cork, as these materials are renewable and have a minimal environmental impact. Choose rugs and carpets made from organic fibers like jute, sisal, or hemp. Not only are these materials eco-friendly, but they also add a touch of warmth and texture to your space.
Add Greenery And Indoor Plants
No sustainable decor is complete without the inclusion of greenery and indoor plants. They not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your space but also improve air quality. Choose low-maintenance houseplants that thrive indoors, such as spider plants, pothos, or snake plants. Display them in recycled or upcycled planters for an added eco-friendly touch.
Embrace Natural Light
Maximise the use of natural light in your home to reduce energy consumption. Replace heavy curtains with sheer fabrics or blinds that allow sunlight to filter through. This not only brightens up your space but also creates a connection with the outside environment. If privacy is a concern, consider using frosted window films or lightweight curtains made from organic cotton.
Support Local Artisans
Choose sustainable decor crafted by local artisans. From macrame wall art to wicker cane furniture to rattan decorations, support their unique creations while reducing environmental impact. Empower your community and fill your home with one-of-a-kind pieces that tell a story.
Go Thrifting Or Buy Second Hand
Once considered taboo, second-hand items are now proudly displayed by homeowners as charity shop finds or eBay treasures. Embracing a sustainable mindset, second-hand is the optimal choice for the environment. Better yet, upcycle your existing belongings. Leftover paint can be transformed, while wooden pallets offer endless DIY possibilities. With some inspiration from Pinterest and YouTube tutorials, you can repurpose wood or fabric off-cuts into new creations like open shelves or stylish cushions.
Embracing Earthy Harmony: Inspired Colour Palette for Your Space
When it comes to eco-friendly decor, the choice of colours for walls plays a significant role in creating a harmonious and nature-inspired ambience. By incorporating earthy tones into your colour palette, you can bring the beauty of the natural world into your space. These colours evoke a sense of tranquillity, grounding, and connection with the environment. Here are some earthy hues that you can consider for your sustainable decor:
Moss Green: Moss green is a versatile and calming colour that represents renewal and growth. It mimics the lush greenery found in forests and creates a soothing atmosphere in any room. Use moss green wall paint as a base colour or incorporate it into furniture and decor elements to infuse a touch of nature into your space.
Recommendations From Berger Colour Catalogue: LILIES’ ESSENCE (4P0262) and STROLL IN THE PARK (4T0933)
Earthy Brown: Brown hues reminiscent of soil and tree bark bring warmth and grounding to a room. Opt for shades like cocoa, chestnut, or sienna to add depth and a cosy feel. Use earthy brown as an accent colour through furniture, textiles, or even an accent wall to create a natural focal point.
Recommendations From Berger Colour Catalogue: CINNAMON SPRINKLE (7T0339) and WARM SHAWL (7P0341)
Soft Beige: Beige is a neutral colour that complements any sustainable decor theme. It represents simplicity and timelessness. Choose soft beige tones with warm undertones to create a serene and inviting atmosphere. This colour works well as a backdrop for other earthy shades or as a primary colour for larger areas.
Recommendations From Berger Colour Catalogue: SOFT SAND (7P1609) and FOSSIL BEIGE (7P0179)
Warm Terracotta: Terracotta is a warm, earthy colour that embodies the natural beauty of clay and earthenware. Its reddish-brown tones add richness and a touch of rustic charm to a space. Incorporate warm terracotta through accent walls, ceramic decor pieces, or even natural clay tiles for a distinctive and earthy look.
Recommendations From Berger Colour Catalogue: Earth Works (7D1663) and LONE RANGER (7D1623)
Natural Stone Grey: Grey tones inspired by natural stone, such as slate or granite, bring a sense of calmness and sophistication. These colours work well as a neutral backdrop, allowing other earthy hues and textures to shine. Use natural stone grey as a base colour for your walls, flooring, or furniture to create a serene and contemporary space.
Recommendations From Berger Colour Catalogue: CASTEL FORD (8D1695) and INDUSTRIAL STEEL (8P1802)
Integrate these eco-friendly home design ideas to enhance your physical, mental, and environmental well-being while fulfilling your responsibility to protect our planet. Remember, Earth doesn’t rely on us, but we depend on her for our survival and prosperity. Let’s take action and create a sustainable home that nurtures both us and the environment.
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