A green home is not simply one which you paint in various shades of green. While this may be restful and calming, it does not represent the latest movement in interior design. Many designers are now fully embracing a range of designs which identify the home and the home owner as being “green” or interested in preserving their environment.
A green home should be easy to live in, modern and attractive while at the same time it should use sustainable designs, fair trade and cause as low an impact on the environment as possible. Products should be recycled where possible or bought from traders who are paid well for their products and who source them from sustainable means.
Thankfully manufacturers have also come on board and are producing a number of products which help designers to get the look they want without destroying the ethic they are trying to create.
There are now a number of wallpapers and paints which are less harmful to the environment and come in a range of natural and easy on the eye colours. Wallpapers are often made from recycled paper or cotton and are printed with non-harmful or vegetable based dyes. Paints are also now being produced which are less harmful to the environment. They are made with fewer solvents and chemicals. They are nicer to apply and not harmful to the painter.
It is also possible to redecorate your floors while being a green as possible. A reclaimed wooden floor is a great way to reuse old wood which may have ended up in a landfill. These lengths of wood can be found at salvage yards and will add a natural look to the home. Once sanded and waxed they look amazing and will last another lifetime.
Furniture can also be reclaimed or recycled. Try recovering old sofas with cotton throws. Cushions can easily be recovered as well. Old material such as curtains can be found in second hand stores. It is cheap and incredibly unique. You can be sure that your home will be the only one with the fabric you choose.
Your lighting will need to be low energy. Invest in some LED lighting to save as much as 10% of the energy of low wattage bulbs. Take advantage of natural light wherever you can by having large windows or adding a conservatory.
Have as many plants inside your home as you can. These will add to the overall design or look of the home but have the added advantage of cleaning the air and keeping your home fresh.
In addition to the look of your home you need to ensure that the hidden parts of your home are green as well. This includes the way you use water, how you generate power and even what is in your cupboards and your refrigerator. Being green is much more of a lifestyle than simply a fashion statement.
However, it has to be admitted that this way of living is more popular than ever and easy to achieve. The look of your home will be simple, casual and natural. This doesn't mean it is will be boring.