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Dec282011

A Very Eco-chic Home

Written by guest blogger Ellen Spencer

Going green has become the buzzword: you need to keep up the eco-savvy routine even while decorating your home. Lately, chemicals used in and around the house are attracting a lot of flak; they interfere with our physical well being and can cause illnesses like migraines, allergies, colds, respiratory diseases and also cancer. Hence, it is absolutely crucial to change the way we live and aggrandize our interiors to support ecological sustenance. So if one of your New Year's resolution is to help the environment, here are a few pointers that will help you design an eco-chic home. (Reclaimed wood dining table and recycled Crystal Chair from Canvas).

FURNITURE
Bamboo, wood, and cane are natural material that also adds tremendously to the panache of your interiors. Pieces made from reclaimed wood (like the Stump stools by Kalon Studios) and bamboo are gaining spotlight off late, while handcrafted trappings and antiques are catchy the fancy of buyers. There are many nature-friendly and green architects who vend out recycled and all-natural furniture. 

LIGHTING
By switching to eco-friendly lighting options, such as these Mila Hanging Pendant Lamps, one can contribute tremendously towards the green cause. Buy energy saving light fixtures and illuminate your house the natural way whenever you can. For creating dimmed settings, flame up candles, paper lanterns or oil lamps are terrific ideas to brighten up the house when throwing a bash. Also, by using beeswax or soy candles you'll be letting lesser fumes and chemicals into the air. Install skylights if you can and always have some solar powered fixtures in your pad.  

FLOORING AND WALLS
Hard wood flooring is not only environmentally friendly but also adds a classy touch to interiors. Bamboo flooring has a soft semblance while recycled tiles, cork floors and linoleum are quite simplistic. But if you like carpets then go for tiles made from fabrics which have been dyed with non toxic hues. FLOR carpet tiles by Interface (above) are ideal for their vast collection of patterns and colors. Opt for non toxic paints that don't contain chemicals and are made from all natural material. Using recycled wall paper is also an excellent idea.


FURNISHINGS
Curtains, drapes, tablecloths, and cushion covers should be made from organic threads instead of going for their artificial counterparts which are bursting with chemicals. Try stitching carpets, rugs, runners and drapes with used cloth pieces or purchase recycled ones from green washed stores. For upholstering the furniture, buy fabrics colored with the all-natural vegetable or mineral dyes.

ECO-SAVVY ADD-ONS
Candles, rocks, crystals, and knick knacks made from cork, glass, cane and bamboo not only look excellent but also make your house clean and green (take for instance, this sleek and of environmentally-conscience collection of tranSglass Vases and tumblers by Artecnica). Adding potted plants around the house is a great idea, try to use planters made from used plastic tubs and metallic containers, or purchase ceramic or mud ones from stores. Even utensils can be eco-friendly; go for bamboo, glass or stone crockery. 

BTW, try to shop at eco-chic stores like Branch Home and VivaTerra or take counsel from the U.S. Green Building Council if you need help with a sustainable design for your abode.

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Ellen is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on environment and technology. Beside this, she is fond of books. She recently bought a tassimo coffee maker from a fare. She is also a big fan of citizen watches.

 

Reader Comments (1)

I love the vases. Simple yet it creates a great impact. And also the pendant lamps. They're very functional.
Dec 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbalers

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