This year it’s about making your home as sustainable as possible. With a few upgrades, your place could easily be more environmentally-friendly. Not only will you reduce your carbon footprint but it also gives the chance to be creative, by thinking of eco-friendly options to do things differently, you can find more individual ways to recycle, and reuse. Here are some simple tips on how to have a more stylish and sustainable home this year.
How to Have a Sustainable Home in 2020
Reduce your consumption of gas and electricity by insulating your house. Make sure all the windows are double-glazed and install carpets in rugs to reduce heat loss. If you want to save money on air-conditioning opt for an Air purifier fan.
Natural materials such as stone, marble and good quality woodwork are more resilient and will create an elegant yet rustic style. Natural materials will last longer and have a timeless appeal. You’ll be helping to reduce the emissions produced by mass-manufacturing cheaper and impersonal synthetic items.
White is a safe start as you can create as much light as possible in every room. Think about your energy consumption as well and if you do need to mostly rely on electric lights, opt for durable LEDs. These are more energy-efficient bulbs which will save you plenty on your electricity bill and will last you a long time.
With white as the main wall and ceiling color, you can have fun accessorizing in other colors. For frames and furnishings, blue and navy make a nice contrast and are very in this year. Blue, in general, is trending and it helps to create a calming atmosphere. Opt for rug patterns with little bits of white to help reflect the light back up. This will help to scatter light around the room.
Plants create a calming and positive atmosphere and eat up air pollution. All rooms could use a touch of green life. Why not try making your own plant pots using recycled objects from around the house? This is also an opportunity to get rid of some old junk. If you have a nice garden, keep it properly maintained as well. Set up a space to hang out with your friends and family. You can get second-hand garden furniture on sites such as freecycle.
A way to refurbish used furniture in your house using recycled materials is called upcycling. It’s a fun way to create unique items without wasting emissions on manufacturing and transporting new ones. Once you get started upcycling you’ll find that there a million uses for old things. You can decorate your home by making your own brick-a-brack and functional household items, without hardly spending any money.
A perfect way to express yourself is by making your own artwork. If not you could ask someone you know, this way it’ll be more original. A third option to find more unique pieces is at an antique market or second-hand store. Look for whatever suits your personality and taste.