Green Apartment Decorating Ideas

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Green Apartment Decorating Ideas

Staff Writer · Oct 27, 2009

Do your part to encourage a healthier environment by following these green apartment decorating ideas.

Opt for Natural Products

Use as many natural elements as you can to decorate your apartment. Green living is all about avoiding the man-made items that tend to harm the environment and clutter up spaces.

For example, some mattresses are treated with fire-resistant chemicals that may cause adverse health affects. Then there are other chemically-treated items that lead to poor air quality in your apartment. Instead, shop for eco-friendly bedding, fabrics and furniture.

When it comes to flooring, a rug made out of a natural fiber is a better choice than one made with synthetic materials. In addition, some rugs and carpeting are treated with chemicals and dyes. Choose natural hand-woven jute or sisal rugs. You can find them available at IKEA and Lowes. Other natural fibers on the market include sisal-wool, seagrass, hemp and bamboo.

Bring in Plants

Place some tall potted palm trees in your apartment. The greenery will add to the natural vibe of your eco-style apartment.

Here are some ways to decorate with plants.

  • If you don’t have a lot of large windows, select plants that do well in diffused sunlight.
  • Sit smaller plants on shelves and coffee tables.
  • Install a ceiling hook in your kitchen for a hanging plant.
  • Choose clay pots over plastic ones for plant containers.
  • Plant a windowsill herb garden in your kitchen or terrace. Nothing beats a sustainable resource right in your own apartment.

Room Decorating Ideas for Greener Living

When styling your apartment, buy recycled fixtures and pieces as much as possible. You don’t always have to buy new, shop for chairs, tables and sofas at second-hand stores or tag sales.

Reuse household items and fix broken furniture as much as you can. This will foster recycling practices instead of adding to the manufacturing industry. You can help lighten the burden that causes more pollution and stress on the environment from factory production.

Along with that, recover old pillows instead of buying new ones. Use 100 percent cotton fabrics and natural fiber items as well.

While accessorizing, find new uses for old items. For instance, place a bouquet of flowers in a ceramic tea pot that has lost its lid. Whenever you effectively repurpose items, you are helping the environment.

Energy-saving Window Treatments

Conserve energy by using the appropriate drapes and blinds. Heavy drapes can lock in the heat during winter, while the right blinds can shield out the sun in summer. Anytime you conserve heat and air conditioning, you help the environment.

Choose curtains and blinds in earthy colors like sage, yellow and brown to add to the eco-décor of your space.

Green Bedroom Ideas

Only use eco-friendly fabrics for slip covers, pillows, linens, towels and bedding. Look for sheets and duvet covers made with 100 percent cotton. Likewise, buy blankets and throws made of hemp. Do your best to avoid fabrics made with synthetics, such as Lycra and polyester.

Baskets and Bins

Instead of using plastic, or metal, filing cabinets, bins and garbage cans, select environmentally-sound options. Use hand-woven bananas-fiber baskets, along with rattan and wood storage bins for organizing office supplies, craft items or any other household belongings.

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