Eco Friendly Home Decor Ideas

Eco Friendly Home Decor



Eco friendly home decor offers so many possibilities for those who want to furnish and decorate their home with products that are both earth and people friendly.

Beautiful, creative, unique and environmentally friendly!

If you have not spent much time learning about home decorating ideas, products and accessories that are created from sustainable materials, then you are just like me!

What an eye opening experience to find all of the eco friendly resources available to us as we decorate our homes.

There are certainly options for us to be friendly to our environment besides purchasing new home decor items. Let’s talk about that first.

How about re-purposing and recycling your existing furniture and decor?

Eco Friendly Home Decor Idea

I have used this technique for years, many times out of necessity, and have found ways to re-use existing items that are fun and easy on the budget, too.

If you are tired of your living room furniture, for example, look for ways to use the pieces in a different area of your home rather than getting rid of them.



Here is one idea for you:

If you have a small, little used eating area in the kitchen, turn it into a cozy reading corner by using an existing chair, end table (or anything you have that is the right size and shape), and lamp (taken from the living room, of course).

Take the table and chairs from the kitchen and put them on an enclosed patio or porch, or even tucked into the corner of a bedroom for the perfect morning coffee spot.

New look... repurposed home furnishings... no or very little cost...why not?


Scenarios like the one above can work many times, but in other situations a new purchase is the right answer.



Eco Friendly Kitchen Ideas

This bright and cheerful kitchen, courtesy of TraditionalHome.com, offers cherry wood cabinets painted white with EnviroSafe paint.  Pendant lights from Urban Archeology hang above the island, topped with honed Danby marble.



If you are committed to making purchase decisions in your everyday living that will not harm the environment, how do you go about selecting eco friendly home decor?

Let’s look at some frequently used terms in the area of
eco-friendly home decor products:

What makes a product considered earth and eco friendly? Here are some of the characteristics to look for as well as simple definitions:*

  • Reclaimed - Salvaged from the waste stream and reused in their original form, with minimal reprocessing
  • Recycled - Convert (waste) into reusable material.
  • Organic - simple and healthful and close to nature; "an organic lifestyle"
  • Sustainable - Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.
  • Child Labor Free - Not utililtizing the full-time employment of children who are under a minimum legal age.
  • No chemical fillers - Not using an object or substance to add weight or size to something or to fill in a gap
  • No VOC's - Not using volatile organic compounds, which are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary, room-temperature conditions.
  • No urea-formaldehyde - is no presence of non-transparent thermosetting resin or plastic, made from urea and formaldehyde heated in the presence of a mild base such as ammonia or pyridine. These resins are used in adhesives, finishes, MDF, and molded objects.

This doesn’t necessarily make us experts in the field of eco friendly home decor, but it does help to understand what we are searching for when identifying the furniture, accessories, flooring, lighting, etc, for decorating our homes.

If you are committed to pursuing environmentally friendly products for your home, my advice is to do it one product at a time...one decision at a time... and you will ultimately create an environmentally friendly haven for you and your family.


Here are some examples of eco friendly home decor
to help get you started on your journey:


Inhabit Wal Flats Eco Friendly Decor

The Walls:

Chrysalis Wall Flats Wall Flats™ from Inhabit® are lightweight dimensional wall tiles that work together through an automatic pattern repeat to create large-scale dimensional walls of any size and shape. Wall Flats are sold by the box and contains 10 tiles that cover 22.5 sq ft

You can cover an existing wall with Wall Flats or disguise a wallpaper or paneled wall. These modern wall panels create a sculptural and continuous dimensional surface to any room setting through patterning.

Healthy and Safe with no chemical fillers, plastics, no VOC's, and no urea-formaldehyde. Hand feels like a dense hardboard. Wall Flats are biodegradable and recyclable at the end of their lifecycle.


Viva Terra Industrial End Tabl

The Furniture:

Industrial Chic Side Table This end table stresses functional efficiency without sacrificing decorative élan. The clean-lined piece, with bottom shelf for additional storage, is made of hand-waxed hardwood planks salvaged from houses. Its light natural tone pairs perfectly with the recycled metal pipe framing. 22SQ x 24


Twisty Stool from Viva Terra


Twisty Stool Tall enough to be used as a stool, side table, or as a sculptural pedestal to display your favorite objects or plants, this kiln-dried furniture multi-tasks instantly to suit your needs. Conveniently portable, it is carved from a single piece of sustainable, lustrous monkey pod wood.


Abaca Slipper Chair Eco Friendly

Structured Green Abaca Slipper Chair by Padma's Plantation The abaca provides great texture in the cable sweater weave. Applying this weave to the hardwood frame has resulted in a striking slipper chair. 25"W x 33"D x 33"H. Abaca is 100% biodegradable, and a rapidly renewable resource.

There is also a matching 40” x 40” x 12” ottoman to complete the look.


Inhabit Area Rugs Earth Friendly

The Floors:

Area rugs from Inhabit.com.

The Inhabit Collection is truly handmade.

Made of the highest quality 100% New Zealand wool, hand-tufted and dyed, with the finest construction available by artisans and craftsman using techniques handed down from generation to generation.


Eco Friendly Bamboo Floorin

Bamboo and Cork Flooring options:

9/16" x 4-3/4" Clic Strand Natural Bamboo Bamboo is actually a grass and replenishes itself naturally in the wild, so by using bamboo, consumers preserve the habitat of endangered wildlife.

Costa Cork is considered a green product because the same tree can be harvested numerous times. It is also durable, acoustical, long-lasting and is the best flooring available for allergy sufferers.


There are so many other types of eco friendly home decor available today, so enjoy the search for the right products and pieces for your environmentally friendly home!


*source http://en.wikipedia.org



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