With so many tasks on your to-do list every day – feed the kids, do the laundry, make the school run – it’s not surprising that the idea of going green could be overwhelming. However, going green and being eco-friendly is simply about being mindful of the environment while still accomplishing your intended tasks. Have a tired room you’re just aching to redecorate? Before putting in a call to the interior designer or loading up your truck at Ikea, try an eco-friendly makeover instead. By gaining some new perspective and using small purchases for the biggest bang, you can accomplish just that.
Old Friends, Fresh Eyes
Call your Mother, call your best friend, call in your other best friend and get fresh eyes into your old rooms. Stress the fact that in order to be nice to the planet and your wallet, you’re undertaking an eco-friendly makeover by reusing whatever is already in your home. Have a poke around your attic, the garage, and maybe even under your bed.
- Take everything off the walls and shelves, start with a blank canvas. If possible, move as much furniture as you can out of the room before you begin.
- Remember the function of the room first and foremost. Is this a room your kids will be continuously tearing apart? Or do you want a front formal room with Grandma’s silver proudly displayed?
- Communicate what kind of atmosphere you want in the room – cozy, formal, funky, traditional. Let the theme drive the décor.
- Ask each friend what their favorite piece in the room is. An artist’s framed landscape? Cheery family photos? Use this advice and build the room around it as a focal point…
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Written by: GREENANDCLEANMOM
Date: November 22, 2010