Modern Interior Design Ideas - Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly

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When you consider hiring an interior designer to re-do your living space, you can easily make your home more eco-friendly without having to compromise your lifestyle preferences and furniture quality. Planning to include a green or environmental footprint in your home is possible without spending exorbitant amounts of money for a full renovation.

Choosing fabrics for your rooms

The fabrics you choose for your rooms play a major environmental part in keeping with your modern interior design ideas since natural elements such as wool, cotton, and silk are the more likely choices. In years past, when designers weren't as concerned with saving the environment, many homeowners would choose synthetic fabrics such as polyester or nylon which added to our global waste predicament and did a lot of harm to the environment.

Choosing flooring materials for your home

When you enter a room, one of the first things you'll notice are the floors, especially if they're hardwoods or covered with rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting. Although homeowners have a wide variety of flooring to choose from, the floors that are the most eco-friendly are cork, natural stone and materials. When you talk with your interior designer, he can also suggest other environmentally-safe materials or options to suit the size and location of your rooms.

Selecting new furniture

Although you might assume that wood furniture is environmentally desirable, you would do well to know that not every type of wood is suited for a "green" home (eco-friendly). For example, certain types of rare hardwoods, although natural looking, could take ten years of more to grow before they are cut from the land. Thus, if you want to keep the furniture in your home aligned with the new trend toward environmentally-friendly, you might wish to choose leather, bamboo, or rattan.

Determine which accessories will add character to your rooms

Interior designers have always said that accessories make the room, and give it the character that reflects your tastes, lifestyle and decorating preferences. To accessorize your rooms, look for items that were made from recycled materials, such as seashells, broken glass, scraps of fabrics, leftover wood or bark from trees, or lamps that are made of various objects that carry out the theme of your room. Accessories are one area where you can use your creativity to accentuate those things you truly like.

By choosing from this list of eco-friendly items to decorate your home, you will utilize modern interior design ideas that not only look good, but are safe for the environment.

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This article was published on 2010/03/31