Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Home Decor Trends: Eco-Decorating


Antique furnitures are among one of the absolute easiest ways to eco-decorate. Antique furnitures, whether it be a sofa or a dining table, is a piece that doesn't require any additional manufacturing. The damage to the earth has been done, but by reusing the piece, you've created less of a need for newer manufactured pieces. Thus: you have eco-decorated in a big way.

Of course, this doesn't just apply to furniture. Any antique items you use whether it be a set of antique dishes, a vase or an antique wall clock, are all considered eco-decorating. Furthermore, every antique piece you purchase means one less item in the landfills, which again, contributes in a huge way to the eco-friendly movement and the eco-decorating movement.

Reclaimed Materials

Reclaimed materials are another way that people are eco-decorating.

Recycled glass, old but reusable woods and metals can all be used to create various products: furnitures, lamps, picture frames, shaped oval mirrors and square mirrors, table decorations and wall art galore.

Much like with antiques, every item you purchase or make on your own that uses reclaimed materials ensures that those materials stay out of the landfill. For people in the eco-movement, that's a huge deal.

Color Schemes for Eco-Decorating

Typically, people who are involved heavily in eco-decorating prefer natural and nature-based color schemes. This includes colors like beiges, browns and greens.

However, since eco-decorating is all about reducing, reusing and recycling, you can actually use any color scheme you desire as long as the products you use to create the color scheme are eco-friendly.

Keep in mind that eco-decorating doesn't have to involve entirely eco-friendly, recycled or reused items. It's okay to incorporate a few new pieces if you can't find what you're looking for in an environmentally friendly way. Trying to restrict yourself too much won't make you happy and it may cause you to abandon the movement entirely, which is counterproductive! Always choose home accessories and decor that work for you, your family and your life.

Thank you for checking out my post, I hope this information helped! What do you think of the ideas? Comments are welcome!