Home trends may come and go, but there’s one trend that better not be going anywhere and that’s eco-friendly decor! I truly believe that this is where the design and decor world is headed anyway. Essentially, it has to. Our planet’s population is growing and our resources are depleting. And I strongly believe that NOW, not tomorrow, not next year, is the time to make a change.
Of course, change can be overwhelming. Which is why the best way to do it is in small, easy to manage bits.If you haven’t done so yet, greening your home decor is such a simple (and fun!) way to make a change. However, this change doesn’t mean we all need to run out and buy new items as this would defeat the purpose. If you already have decor for your spaces, consider keeping them as-is. You can also repaint or refinish what you already have or swap items from one room to another.
But if you’ve moved to a new house, are redecorating a room, or just feel your space is lacking something, check out these five eco-friendly home decor trends for inspiration!
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If you regularly read Of Houses and Trees, you know that I’m pretty obsessive about secondhand shopping. Not only is it a great alternative to creating more waste, it’s also a fun way to create really funky, unique spaces. If you’ve ever shopped at Ikea or another major home decor chain store, you’ve probably gone to a friend or family member’s house and been like “Oh! I have that exact same chair… and table… and painting.” Not to say you can’t end up with a mass-produced chair via thrifting, but I find people who thrift tend to have a more individualized style since they likely chose each piece thoughtfully and carefully.
If you still aren’t convinced, or conversely, are so convinced you want to hear me talk about the wonders of secondhand shopping even more, watch this video!
All-Natural Kids’ Decor
People tend to be more cautious with the furniture and accessories they use in their kid’s room than in the rest of the house since kids are just so precious. Nowhere is this trend more evident than with nursery decor. Probably the best place to find green items for a nursery (or an older kid’s room) would be on Etsy, as you can search the exact item you’re looking for proceeded by the term “eco-friendly” (ie: “eco-friendly nursery bedding,” “eco-friendly mobile” and so on).
My current favourite way to incorporate eco-friendly decor into a space. Nature-inspired decor is not only environmentally friendly, it also reminds us of the thing we’re trying to protect – the earth! Think rocks, leaves, unfinished wood, pine cones and dirt. Yup. Dirt as decor. It’s a thing. And so are branches, which unsurprisingly is my favourite… ever.
Sometimes, the most earth-friendly thing you can do in your home is nothing. As in don’t buy something, don’t paint something, don’t fill every nook and cranny with things. Full disclosure, minimal decor isn’t really my style. I prefer a mix of thrifted, vintage and nature-inspired items and I kind of like filling my nooks and crannies. However, a sparse, mostly white room can be an extremely beautiful thing.
I also think that, regardless of whether you like the look or feel of minimalist decor, we should incorporate the concept of minimalism into our lives as much as we can. According to website The Minimalists, “Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom… Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around.” Now doesn’t that sound nice?
Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi – finding and embracing imperfection in the things that surround us – imperfect decor is rough around the edges and often messy. Wabi-sabi decor and rustic decor go hand and hand, but in my mind the difference is that rustic decor has become a bit forced. Because rustic decor has become so popular, often new things are made to look “rustic” and thus the underlying concept of finding things beautiful as they already are is lost.
One of the best ways to incorporate wabi-sabi decor into your home is via antiques and vintage items. There’s nothing like a worn rug or an old tool chest to bring an appreciation for the imperfect into your interior spaces.
Posted on November 14, 2018v
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