Moving into a new place is pretty exciting not only do you have a space that’s all your own, but you can also have some fun decorating it to reflect your personal style. Decorating is how we add our personality to a space, infuse it with our unique energy and make it feel like home. You can add so much life to a bland, dull room, and bring in so much comfort just by adding a few decorative items. Plus, these days, there are so many cool decorations and accessories you can buy to adorn your home. Before you get too carried away, there are some things you may want to think about especially if being green and natural are priorities to you. You’ll also want to consider your budget and what you can afford to spend right away. So here are some ideas to help you in your home decorating journey to keep things green and to save some money too.
Organic, Natural Materials
When choosing towels and linens, always try to get items made with natural fibers, preferably organic as well. Some of the most eco-friendly fibers will be bamboo or hemp. These may cost a bit more than other synthetic products, but remember, they will also most likely last longer too. So you won’t have to buy new ones anytime soon. Shop for brands that embrace an eco-friendly attitude.
Choose items made of natural materials like wood or bamboo over plastics. You can also find pieces that haven’t had chemical finishes as well. You may also want to stay away from leather and choose some vegan, animal-friendly options instead.
Buying handmade items is a great way to decorate your home. Even though it may be a bit more pricey up front, you’ll save money in the long run because hand-made things tend to last longer than factory-made items. Plus, when you buy from a craftsperson you’re supporting someone’s livelihood. Try to shop local when you can too.
Thrift Stores and Garage Sales
Your local thrift store or flea market is a great place to find any item you need for your home for a fraction of the price of buying it new. Plus, you’re recycling which is a great way to keep it green. Like thrift stores you can find so many great home furnishings and decorations at a garage sale, sometimes you can really score and find great deals on real wood furniture or vintage handcrafted items.
Candles are great for ambiance, but to keep things non-toxic and eco-friendly, opt for some high-quality soy candles. Higher quality soy candles won’t emit harmful toxins, and they will also last longer than conventional candles, meaning they’ll also save you from buying new candles often.
Real living plants are an excellent way to keep things green in your space. You can ask your friends or family members for clippings or cuttings of their own plants to grow your own plants affordably and use a variety of different containers as pots. Try using bowls, pans, and even old coffee pots as planters.
One Room At a Time
To save money, decorate one room at a time and have a separate budget for each room. Also, keeping things minimal will also help keep costs down and will also help you keep your space cleaner too.
To make your decorating even easier, choose a color pallet to go with and create a mood board on Pinterest. Include items that inspire the look you’re going for, the colors you love and the theme if there is one. Have some fun with it and to infuse your home with your own personal style. Also, remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect to feel like home sweet home.
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