6 Eco-Friendly & Upcycled Design Ideas for Your Home
Sustainability has become a buzzword in design over recent years. From high-end interior aesthetes to high-street decor shops, everyone’s focus has been pulled towards the eco-friendly and planet-conscious. Yet, it can still be tricky to translate these ideas into your own home. Is it really possible to create a beautiful, sophisticated space that doesn’t harm the planet?
If you’re struggling, our design experts have put together some eco-inspiration to get you started. From upcycling to being more aware of the chemicals you’re bringing into your house, we’ll show you that it is possible to create a more sustainable home that doesn’t lack in style.
1. Embrace Earth’s Natural Fabrics
A well-designed home is one that embraces texture. Where better to look for texture than in mother nature? The planet is home to a wide range of eco-friendly fibers that can be woven into beautiful fabrics and materials. These are far more sustainable than man-made alternatives (like polyester and acrylic) and look gorgeous, too.
Drape your sofa with a few choice linen blankets for a laid-back, cozy feel, and add a jute rug to your floor for a lively addition of texture. Lightweight, organic cotton is a beautiful fabric to use around the home throughout the year, too. From bed sheets to curtains, bring Earth’s natural fabrics into your space and watch them elevate your interiors.
2. Use Eco-Friendly Paints in Earthy Tones
There’s no overestimating what a fresh coat of paint can do around the home! However, a lot of traditional paints are created using unsustainable materials, including Volatile Organic Compounds—or VOCs. Affecting the air quality of your home and harming the environment, these are awful and should be avoided at all costs!
Fortunately, there are plenty of eco-friendly paints out there that solve the problem. These are made from natural ingredients, including clay, milk proteins and natural dyes. Choose the perfect Earth-inspired shade for your space and paint without harming the planet.
3. Cladding to Last a Lifetime
Cladding is all the rage at the moment, both for interiors and exteriors. It’s a trendy way to protect the walls of your home and can instantly modernize a tired space. But, using wood cladding isn’t always the best option for the environment. Wood that hasn’t been harvested sustainably can contribute to deforestation, destroying habitats and increasing CO2 levels in our atmosphere.
Take a look at sustainable alternatives, such as Cedral Weatherboard Cladding, which is made from fiber cement and resistant to rot. Once your cladding is in place, it’ll look beautiful with very little maintenance for years to come.
4. Wine Corks Make Excellent Bath Mats
Thinking of brushing off your DIY skills and trying your hand at upcycling? We have the perfect project to get you started. Using your old wine and champagne corks, you can create a quirky and unique bath mat for your guest bathroom. Simply use a hot glue gun to glue your corks together into a rectangular shape, ready for wet feet hopping out of the shower. It’s a very easy project to get you started and an excuse to drink a few more bottles, too!
5. Plants are the Planet’s Natural Decor
We adore sprucing up a space and adding bursts of life with a few plants. It’s such a simple and sustainable way of transforming your home that takes very little effort, bringing colour and points of interest into basic rooms. Pair with those natural earthy materials we mentioned earlier, and you’re onto an eco-friendly winner.
Plants are also good for your mental health and improve air quality in your home—as though the design benefits weren’t enough. Some of our favorite indoor options for brightening any home include:
- Parlor palms
- Snake plants
- Money trees
- ZZ plants
These are all very low-maintenance, as well, so you don’t need to be green-fingered to keep them thriving. Just remember to water them every now and then, keep them out of direct sunlight, and they’ll do the rest.
6. Fill Your Home With Eco-Friendly Candles
We believe that candles aren’t just for the winter months but for all seasons. In summer, pure white pillar candles make splendid centerpieces for late evening dinners, whilst spring spaces benefit from fresh, floral scents as you transition your interior out of winter. But, not every candle is made equal. Many of them are harmful to the environment and impact the air quality in your home, releasing a number of nasty toxins.
Ensure your home remains eco-friendly by investing in candles made from soy wax, beeswax, coconut oils and other natural ingredients. These are usually scented with natural essential oils, which are a far better way of adding fragrance to your home than chemical scents. Add a touch of elegance and warmth to your space with a few choice eco candles in every room and create a sustainable interior you can be proud of.
Creating a home you love to live in while sticking to your sustainable values isn’t easy. Striking the balance between beautiful and eco-friendly can feel a bit like walking a tightrope! Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can create a gorgeous home without damaging the planet, and the ideas we’ve listed here are a great place to get the ball rolling.