5 Eco-Friendly Home Decor Ideas to Add a Touch of Spring to Your House

5 Eco-Friendly Home Decor Ideas to Add a Touch of Spring to Your House

Interior Design
Decoration and Design
Sustainability
By Mateos Glen Hayes April 22, 2022

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, kick things up a notch by giving your home an eco-friendly touch! There are all sorts of ways to make your home more energy-efficient as modern homes today have come a long way when it comes to being more sustainable.

However, this article is just about the little things, specifically eco-friendly home decor. We all want a house that looks nice and that is visually pleasing to the eye. A house that is decorated well can help your home feel more in tune with your personality. After the hustle and bustle of the workday, the serene feeling of being back in your own abode cannot be understated, and good decor is half the battle of producing that mood in your home.

Fortunately, there are plenty of clever and easy ways to get your home looking spick and span for this coming Earth Day with some sustainable home decor methods that are sure to impress. Plus, eco-friendly home decor ideas are so diverse that there is something for every budget and skill level. You could spruce things up with some small additions here and there, go the extra mile and refurbish some of your old furniture, or try something entirely different with some brand new furniture from innovative eco-friendly brands.

1. Vintage Furniture 

Vintage furniture guarantees a neat aesthetic look.

Vintage furniture guarantees a neat aesthetic look.

Vintage furniture is chic and costs less than purchasing a brand new suite. Lots of newer furniture can look a bit samey or built for a cost, but some of the stuff from the good old days is one of a kind. Vintage furniture - especially from the 1960s and 1970s - can have a very sturdy appearance and classy design that just doesn’t show up that often anymore in newer furniture showrooms.

This means that vintage furniture can impart a unique aesthetic to whichever room you put it in, adding texture and character to the space in a bold way. You should especially consider vintage furniture if you are a particular fan of the distressed, rugged, or grunge design since older furniture usually has natural wear patterns that can add quite a bit of texture and character to your interior space.

When purchasing antique furniture, there is something that you might need to overlook – the comfort and the functionality of the items. Getting them is one of the great home decoration ideas, but sometimes there are items that might be better suited for your lifestyle. This is perfectly normal – the advent of technology brought us newer designs and better construction materials all in order to make our lives more comfortable. Going back to antique furnishings means going back to older materials and sacrificing those advancements. But sometimes, form over function is worth it because it gives you a look that can’t be beaten.

2. The Honeydudley Collection

Connect to nature with free form premium designs from honeydudley.

Connect to nature with free form premium designs from honeydudley.

When it comes to ways of making your home more sustainable, new purpose-made furniture is one of the best options out there. Founded by interior designer Lauren Harrington, honeydudley is an innovative California-based furniture company that works to produce vibrant and unforgettable furnishings that are built with high-quality craftsmanship. Honeydudley was founded with the goal of producing finely crafted furniture designs infused with joy, personality, and uniqueness.

Their furniture stands apart thanks to its unusual, imaginative, and positively whimsical designs that give you a potent combination of functionality and style that just can’t be topped with any run-of-the-mill furniture company.

Curvey designs add fluidity and character to your interior space.

Curvey designs add fluidity and character to your interior space.

One of honeydudley’s newest products just making its debut is the Daisy Doo chair. This chair is a perfect example of everything that makes honeydudley a company that breaks the mold. The Daisy Doo chair’s design is meant to emulate the curvy forms often found throughout nature, and as such, this is a chair that looks earthy and feels it too thanks to the available chic wood finishes and their sleek lacquers.

In addition to its pretty design, it is an ethically and sustainably produced chair. All Daisy Doo chairs are handmade in the US using domestically sourced and sustainably harvested walnut, oak, and poplar. In short, environmentally responsible manufacturing is more than just a concept at honeydudley, but it’s their central principle. 

3. Indoor Greenery 

Start working on your own luscious indoor garden.

Start working on your own luscious indoor garden.

The biggest and most obvious benefit of indoor gardening is that it gives you a lot of flexibility and convenience. You can keep your greenery going pretty much year-round, and you don’t have to worry as much about things like weeding, mowing, or raking up leaves and the other chores that come with outdoor gardening. Indoor plants will also be safer from pests and diseases, meaning less stress for you. Most of the time, regular watering is the only thing you need to do to keep your indoor garden luscious and healthy. Plus, maintaining some indoor greenery is a great way to add some color and texture to a featureless room.

If given the option, most plants would probably choose to grow outdoors, where the sunlight is plentiful and there’s room to spread out. But you can still garden indoors and get your plants plenty of sun by keeping them near a window, and perhaps even employing some cool tech like a grow light. Indoor gardening is also a perfect option if you have limited outdoor gardening space or none at all.

There are also some considerable benefits to indoor gardening from an eco-friendly standpoint since you can use your garden to grow herbs, spices, and maybe even some veggies if you have the room and sunlight. This means less stuff you have to buy from the grocery, which translates to less fuel burnt driving to the store, and fewer resources to get the foodstuffs from the farm to your table overall. On top of all those benefits, your home garden isn’t going to be using loads of water and pesticides. 

4. In With the Old

Reuse old appliances and decor for a unique look.

Reuse old appliances and decor for a unique look.

One of the most beautiful things about eco-friendly home decor interior design is that it can be done quite affordably. You might not think that, but green solutions for your eco-friendly interior decor don’t have to be a bespoke affair with premium pricing. The answer is goodwill stores! They’re often places filled with consumer goods of every kind, many of which are in serviceable condition and still have plenty of life in them.

These kinds of appliances, furniture, and eco-friendly home decor are the best option for someone hoping to live sustainably because ultimately eco-friendly design means reducing waste, so save stuff and bring it to your home. House decor that's recycled, and reused will last a long time and require very little maintenance. 

5. Reap The Rewards 

Sustainably disposing of building materials can make you eligible for tax returns.

Sustainably disposing of building materials can make you eligible for tax returns.

If you make eco-friendly improvements to your home, reporting these on your yearly tax reports could potentially earn you a tax break, which is always a sweet deal especially when it means reducing your stress on the environment. After completing a remodel, you can also gain some extra bucks by collecting used materials to sell them back to manufacturers. For example, you can collect old drywall, old bricks, and even old roof tiles and wood to be reclaimed and reused in newer products.

This way you don’t have to haul all that stuff to the landfill, and this means your remodel is light on waste and light on your wallet as well. Sustainably disposing of old construction materials will also net you another tax writeoff.

MG

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Mateos Glen Hayes

Written by Mateos Glen Hayes

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