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Green is considered the most restful color to the eye. It can create a natural harmony in your home. Whatever your personal style is, you can use environmental friendly decorating. Now that green is in, every home décor magazine you pick up has plenty of information on green homes. Here are some suggestions for going green in your own home:

  • Wall papers, Paints and Finishes – use only natural wall coverings. Look for the following products from your local store:
    • Low VOC Paints and non vinyl wallpapers
    • Natural Earth Plasters
    • Lime wash/clay finishes
    • Natural fiber coverings: arrowroot, bamboo, cattail, jute, paper weaves, reed, rush, sea grass, sisal, stones
    • Recycled glass tiles and Ceramic/Stone Tiles and recycled content wall paper
    • Natural Stuccoes — Lime and sand combined
    • Cork Paper – thin, rolls of cork, or cork square tiles for acoustic dampening
    • 3D Paper wall tiles great for textured look and acoustic dampening
    • FSC or fast-growing bamboo or palm wood paneling
  • Floors
    • Carpets and rugs – a lot of carpet manufacturers are working to bring green to your home. Look for those made with natural fibers or natural materials like sea grass, wool, jute, sisal, and coconut husks. Or buy antique rugs. “Anything antique is green”.
    • Wood Floors – If you wish to have hardwood floors, make sure that it is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). You are assured that utmost care was taken to harvest wood.
    • Natural Floor Coverings – bamboo, cork, linoleum, and concrete
  • Furniture
    • Like the carpet manufacturers, furniture makers are also bringing green to your home. Buy something that is durable and made with sustainable woods like bamboo and eucalyptus.
    • Find cabinets made from recycled woods.
    • Update the fronts of your cabinet rather than replacing them altogether
  • Fabrics for your curtains, pillows and upholstery
    • Look for natural and organic fibers. Bamboo fabric is one great option. Bamboos grow fast and doesn’t need a lot of pesticides and fertilizer
    • Use organic wool. With proper care, organic wool comforters can become heirlooms. It is naturally flame resistant and has the ability to absorb large amounts of moisture.
    • When buying fabrics, make sure that they are untreated
  • Accessories
    • Look for fun things that are made of recycled materials.
    • Check out the antique stores, vintage shops and second hand stores for anything that you can add to your decors
  • Plants and Landscaping
    • Put plants on your rooms as houseplants help clear the air and remove toxins
    • Use plants that are native to your area where they are easier to grow
    • Choose the plants that works with the natural climate in your area
    • Avoid lots of grass. We don’t want to waste huge amount of water by watering lawns all the time

The most important thing to follow is to SHOP LOCALLY. Keep it at 500 miles or less when traveling to buy your furniture. You are using a lot more energy if you have to travel and bring it home rather than getting it a hundred miles down the road.

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