So you’ve designed your own home and now you have the keys in your hand. What do you need to do next? The answer is: to start planning your new home’s interior. This is where sustainable styling tips come in.
With more of us leaning towards a more sustainable way of life, it’s no surprise that new homeowners are looking for ways to style their homes in environmentally conscious ways.
These Are Our Best Sustainable Styling Tips;
Reuse or Repurpose What You Already Have
Just because a piece of furniture or decor is no longer in fashion or is a bit old looking, doesn’t mean you have to get rid of it. Reupholstering, painting, or applying a new stain are just some of the ways you can breathe new life into old furniture.
If you really do need to get rid of any furniture, think twice before throwing it away. Look at listing it on Gumtree, online marketplaces, local buy and sell pages, or donating to an op shop…one man’s trash may very well be another man’s treasure!
If you don’t have anything to reuse or repurpose, then consider visiting an op shop or swap meet yourself! Gumtree and other online listings as well as the local buy and sell pages are a goldmine for styling ideas as well as preloved goods. This is particularly handy for buying decorative items, as well as storage products such as baskets and containers.
Visiting local markets is a great way to find smaller, ethical products and decor items. Candles, soaps, artwork and lots of other handmade goodies are on offer, and you will walk away feeling great for supporting local artisans and small businesses.
Adopt the Minimalist Approach
Ask yourself: do I really need this? A lot of the time we can get swept up in the whole decorating process and end up splurging on many unnecessary items that end up cluttering more than enhancing. Remember that you don’t need to have everything done all at once, and you can slowly add pieces to your home as you live in it.
Having less junk in your home means less will have to end up in landfill down the track.
Discover the Versatility of Jars
This may seem like a strange tip, but jars really are one of the most useful objects to reuse and recycle.
They can be used for multiple purposes, and as so many food products come in jars, it is easy to get your hands on them.
You can use them as vases, storage for small bits and pieces such as hair accessories or clothes pegs, or can make your own jam or pasta sauce to put in them…you are only limited by your imagination!
If You Really Must…
Perhaps the most important rule to follow when decorating sustainably is keeping good quality furniture for as long as possible, and sourcing everything ethically.
Mass produced, cheap products usually don’t last very long which means they will need to be replaced regularly. It is much more eco-friendly, as well as cost effective, to do your research and choose wisely in the first place.
But if you’ve exhausted all avenues, and you still haven’t found that one thing left on your list, then here are some tips for when you really need to buy something new:
- Choose furniture made with reclaimed materials.
- Good eco-friendly furniture should be easy to repair if needed, and ideally should be recyclable.
- Look for tough, durable furniture that will undoubtedly last a long time. Really good furniture can often be passed from person to person for years to come, which means less ending up in landfill.
If you follow all the tips listed above, you can easily achieve a home that is not only sustainably styled, but one that looks amazing too! Get in touch with us to find out more.