How to design an eco-friendly home

When creating the interior of your home it’s important to remember that there is more to design than just form and function. Any home should be as safe as it is comfortable. Designing your home with eco-friendly techniques doesn’t just promote environmental health but personal health too. Plus, many green interior design tips save you money and energy.  Here are several tips to help improve your home’s energy efficiency as well as its aesthetics.

Let it shine

A great way to improve the look and eco-friendliness of a room is to let in as much natural light as you can. The more light you let in the less likely you will need to turn on a lamp to see what you are doing, saving energy throughout the day. Sunlight also has reported health benefits, one being a positive effect on a person’s mood. In the winter, letting in sunlight can be a natural source of heat and combat seasonal depression.

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Botanical beauty

There is nothing that adds a serene feeling to a home like small potted trees and other plants but an arboreal presence around your home is good for more than just aesthetic beauty. Plants act as a natural air filter and they can remove destructive chemicals from your home. There are several brilliant houseplants but you may find that some fit with the décor of your home better than others.

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One particular plant you might consider is an Aloe Vera plant. Not only does it help filter out harmful chemicals commonly introduced through cleaning sprays and solutions, it can also act as a warning. When chemical pollutants become too abundant in your home an aloe plant develops brown spots on its leaves. Plus, the gel within the leaves is a natural treatment for burns, wounds, acne and eczema.

Seal and insulate

Much of the energy spent within a home goes into heating and cooling rooms. There is no reason why we shouldn’t be able look to our houses as a refuge from the elements but there is a way that you can increase energy efficiency. Make sure your windows, doors, and walls are properly sealed and insulated to keep in the temperatures you want and keep out the ones you don’t. Air that leaks from your homes through small crevasses wastes the energy it takes to condition your home and drives up utility costs. Properly sealing your home can also reduce outside noise and it stops pollen, dust and insects from getting in.

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Natural quality

Of course, one of the best ways you can create an eco-friendly interior design is by reducing your consumption. How is this done with the design of your home? By choosing long-lasting quality over cheap and poorly made furniture, you reduce the amount of times you have to replace items and therefore you reduce your waste.

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If you are looking at furniture made from metal make sure it is crafted well, especially around joints, moving parts and glued sections. If you are looking for wood-based designs, it is best to go with a sturdy hardwood like ash, oak, and mahogany rather than cheaper and less durable softwood like cedar and pine. You can get quality hardwood chairs and other furniture for reasonable prices through sites that connect you directly to designers like Made.com. For instance, the above ash Joseph dining chairs are built to last and have a modern minimalist style.

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  1. I am getting an extension built and want to make it as eco friendly as poss, grey water loo and sun pipes are a must which of your previous magazines would cover this and any other advise you can give will be most welcomed, thank you in anticipation

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