Do you have an ever-growing list of home renovation projects that you’d love to tackle in 2021? Is your home in desperate need of some updating and modern touches? Perhaps you’ve decided that the best approach is to take it room-by-room, or break it down even further and go project-by-project so as not to feel overwhelmed. But before you jump into that first project you may want to give thought as to how you can make eco-friendly design choices both inside and outside the home. These choices can look just as modern and stylish, yet you’ll be doing something good for the environment.
So, what are some of the best eco-friendly design choices you can make? Let’s take a look.
Add Greenery Inside the Home
The first eco-friendly design trend you can embrace is to add greenery to the inside of your home. Indoor plants not only look great but they are excellent for the air quality in your home. They work to purify the air and actually remove toxins.
Some of the best air-purifying plans to grow indoors include spider plants, ficus, dracaena, Boston ferns, aloe vera, and the snake plant.
Spruce Up the Exterior with Engineered Wood Siding
One of the best ways to transform your home and have it looking more modern and stylish is to give it fresh new siding. But rather than choosing wood why not consider eco-friendly options like engineered wood siding? Engineered wood siding looks just as good as the real thing, yet it will last much longer thanks to its durability. It is also low maintenance, and it’s a fraction of the price of real wood siding.
Another fun fact about engineered wood siding is that you can choose from a wide variety of colors. There’s no need to stain the siding; it comes exactly the way you want. You also won’t have to worry about the color fading, chipping, or peeling over time – which all happens with wood. Typically you’ll need to repaint the engineered wood once every 10 years, and that’s it. Wood rot and insects also won’t be a problem.
So, what’s so environmentally friendly about this option? No trees have been cut down for your siding, and the siding itself is made of recycled material.
Embrace Natural Light
Another design consideration is to embrace natural light as much as possible. This will cut down on your energy usage, and help to brighten up the space. You can also take it a step further and install dimmer switches on over-head lights so that you don’t have to have them going at full-blast.
Choose Sustainable Fabrics
When it comes to area rugs, curtains, bedding, and furniture, be sure to choose sustainable fabrics. Some examples of sustainable fabrics include recycled or organic cotton, organic linen, organic hemp, and organic bamboo.
A Beautiful Eco-Friendly Design
As you work your way through your remodel and renovation to-do list, keeping eco-friendly options in mind will help you to create a beautiful and yet environmentally-friendly design concept.