Winter will soon be upon us with its cooler temperatures and short days. You may find that as the temperature drops you are spending more time indoors. You might also find, after taking a good look around, that you are ready for a change that will brighten your interior while also being friendly to the planet. Here are some tips that are easy and won’t break the bank in making them.
Make it Colorful
An easy way to get a big change in any room is by painting one or all of the walls a different color. In choosing colors, first consider the way the room is to be used. For social rooms, warmer colors such as yellows and reds can be stimulating; while cooler colors that are associated with peace, like blues and greens, will be great in bedrooms and other non–social areas.
Think About Flooring
If you have carpeting in your home, consider going with a bare floor. Sustainable flooring such as cork, renewable bamboo, reclaimed wood, or wood that has been responsibly harvested will not harbor allergens or trap toxins in them like carpeting does. For additional warmth and softness, you can always cover those bare floors with area rugs that are natural such as Sisal rugs. Sisal is an all natural fiber that comes from the Mexican Agave plant. These rugs look great and will allow you to have a space that has more warmth in it.
Use What You Have
One easy way to get a new look in a room is to use what you already have. Instead of going out and spending a lot of money on things that might not be so earth – friendly, consider rearranging your existing furnishings. If that doesn’t appeal to you, what about refinishing or refurbishing them as opposed to buying new ones and consuming more resources.
Another great way to brighten up a space is to bring in some green. Potted or hangings plants can bring any tired old space to life…quite literally. Plants not only look great, they also generate fresh air for the spaces that they are in. Some plants, such as the peace lily, chrysanthemum, gerbera daisy, English ivy, Chinese evergreen and the bamboo palm have been studied by the Associated Landscape Contractors of America and NASA and found to be effective for removing toxic carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde from the air. That being said, anyone with allergies to certain plants should be careful as to what plants they bring into the home.
When you do decide to go out and get anything new for your home, remember to think green. You can do this by buying things from thrift shops, from ads in the newspaper, online forums, and even flea markets.
Interior design can be something that is daunting, but you don’t have to be overwhelmed by trying to create that “showroom” look. Let your design show your personality and have fun with it!