Green Design Trends for your Highlands and Cashiers Home

As the green movement increases in popularity, many homeowners are exploring ways to become environmentally conscious within their own living spaces.   Greening your home is not only a responsible thing to do but can also boost your home’s value when it comes time to sell.

Unfortunately there are an increasingly wide range of products that profess to offer a variety of environmental values but fall short when it comes to style.   Here are some great areas to zero in on when greening your home …. while being mindful of design and good taste.

1. Carpet.   Did you know that one out of every four recycled plastic bottles is made into carpet? That’s more than 3 billion bottles each year!  Choose carpet made from renewable or recycled materials.

2. Paint.  Create a cozy space by painting an accent wall in a warm earth tone like cocoa or cinnamon.  Choose paint that is non-toxic and contains little or no volatile organic compounds.

3. Pillows.  Use certified organic fabrics to create window treatments or accent pillows.  These are not just plain jane fabrisc anymore.   You’ll be surprised at the variety of colors and patterns available.

4. Floors.  When choosing hardwood flooring, using reclaimed wood adds a touch of antique, natural beauty to your home.

5. Counters.  Look for those made from recycled glass, ceramic or sustainable bamboo.  Not only are these better for the environment, these can create great looks  in both your kitchen and your bathroom.

6. Accessories.   Don’t be too quick to throw away your older items — breathe new life into vintage pieces by pairing them with fresh accessories. Re-upholster that old arm chair or add an accent pillow to give it a fresh, more up-to-date look.

7. Lighting.  Install dimmable compact fluorescent or halogen lights, which can consume up to 75% less electricity and last 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.

8. Bathrooms.   Something as simple as a new shower curtain can update the entire look of your bathroom.  Choose one that is nylon, which is one of the more eco-friendly materials available.

9. Faucets.   Bathroom and kitchen faucets have come a long way in design.   make sure your look for faucets with the WaterSense label, which can save the average household more than 500 gallons of water each year and hundreds of dollars in utility bills.

10. Bedrooms.   Give new life to your own bedroom with eco-friendly bedding.  Duvets, shams and linens are available in organic materials and recycled yarn.

Thankfully, manufacturers are answering the consumer demand for eco-friendly products that are also beautifully designed.

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