Green Mini-Makeovers to Transform your Space
Pink Goes Green welcomes guest blogger Kelsey Martin of Modernize.
Start 2016 off on the right note by incorporating some eco-friendly updates to your favorite space. Redecorating may seem like it's not very green, but here at Modernize, we understand the importance of refreshing our home space, and we always strive to reduce our carbon footprint at the same time. Here are a tips for updating your space in an environmentally conscious way.
A Bold New Color
Vibrant colors are trending this spring, and repainting can breathe life into an outdated space. Many interior and exterior paint companies have joined the eco-friendly cause by developing green paints. These paints have low VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions, which improves air quality and reduces odor.
VOCs are harmful to the ozone, so just by switching to a VOC-free green paint, you not only help yourself breathe better, but everyone around you, too.
Eco-friendly paints may also be organic and made from clay- and mineral-based binders. The best part is that you don't have to sacrifice style for eco-friendly paints. With a wide variety of colors available, you can pick a bold hue for an accent wall in your living room or bedroom and pair it with complementary or neutral colors.
Recycled and Organic Fabrics Eco-friendly fabrics are either organic or made from recycled fiber content, which reduces the carbon footprint of redecorating your home. With a variety of colors and patterns to choose from, you can incorporate a vibrant theme without sacrificing style.
We love using recycled fabrics for drapery, chair upholstery, and rugs. If you're redoing your kitchen, sewing a table runner from organic cotton or browsing handmade sites like Etsy for eco-friendly options is a great solution.
When you're refreshing your bedroom, look for comforters and sheet sets made from organic or recycled materials.
Trash to Treasure Before you throw out an old piece of furniture, consider repurposing it or upcycling it for another use. That skinny shelving unit that doesn't seem to fit? Flip it on its side and transform it into a sturdy bench. Create a cushion from eco-friendly fabric and stuffing, and voila! You have a cute window seat for soaking up vitamin D.
We love to search through donation centers, antique stores, and thrift shops to find unique treasures with an old-world charm. You can coat almost anything in eco-friendly paint for an instant refresh. When you're accessorizing your redesigned space, this can be a cost-efficient and green solution.
Light Up Your Spaces Lighting is proven to affect our moods, so it's important to have a well-lit space, either by natural or artificial lighting. Your light fixtures don't have to harm the environment, though.
For an energy-efficient lighting solution, switch out incandescent light bulbs for LEDs, which don't heat up, but are still super bright. These eco-friendly bulbs last longer and conserve energy throughout the day. Another option are CFL light bulbs, which use about a quarter of the energy a traditional bulb will consume.
Aim to use natural light for the majority of the day by installing windows and skylights. Natural sunlight is great for our moods, immune systems, and circulation. Transform a window into a focal point by framing it in bold drapery or creating a cozy reading or coffee nook.