Put a Personal Spin on Green
Style is subjective, and the way we furnish and accessorize our homes makes a statement about what we love, value and count on for comfort. There’s more than enough variety to choose from as you create that statement, aligning design with a green outlook. Click through for pointers on creating a home design scheme that improves indoor air quality while reflecting personal style and prioritizing pieces that will last.
Get rid of carpet where you can, and you’ll remove 90 percent of the dust mites lurking around your home. Likewise, the more fabric in a room, the more opportunity for dust mites to move in and other allergens to stick around and make themselves at home. Avoid upholstered furnishings, take down those fabric-heavy window treatments, and choose washable slipcovers and pillow shams.
Choose Natural Materials
Wood and metal furnishings contribute beautiful forms and lines to interiors, and are easy to clean and maintain. Select other natural elements to complete the look and prevent synthetic VOCs from entering the room.
Add special touches and create personalized displays without building in dust-catching clutter. Less really is more—more impactful and more healthful.
Add Living Greens
House plants bring the outdoors in, adding vitality and natural beauty while contributing to healthy indoor air.
Ensure sound, allergy-free sleep by replacing mattresses with non-allergenic models, and purchasing dust-mite-proof casings for mattresses, comforters and pillows.
Repurpose with the Right Purpose
Quality and true reusability come into play with those finds from flea markets, thrift stores, yard sales and salvage yards. Learn how to evaluate furnishings for strength, structure, finish integrity (including lead exposure risks) and usability, whether you plan to update them or convert them for new uses.