Decorate Your Tiny Home While Saving The Planet
Tiny home dwellers consume 45 percent less energy than standard home dwellers. In addition to the cost-saving benefits of tiny living, environmental impact is a major reason to downsize your home. However, even living in small homes requires making conscious and sustainable choices in order to minimize impact. When it comes to interior decorating, it’s important to be aware of your carbon footprint as you spruce up your space. However, there are plenty of creative, eco-friendly ways to design the tiny house of your dreams.
Decorate From The Heart
Create a home that truly reflects who you are. One way to ensure eco-friendly interior decorating is to pick a design scheme that you’ll be happy to keep for a long time. According to J. Fisher Interior Design, your home design should reflect your personality and style, as well as your past experiences and future plans. Look online for beautiful and inspiring spaces that will spark your creativity and create an inspiration board of the shapes and styles that bring you joy. Choose relaxing colors, such as blue and green, which have been proven to reduce stress levels, and consider classic styles over trendy choices that may more quickly go out of style.
Bring The Outside Inside
Tiny living is all about spending less time indoors, so why not make your living space an ode to the great outdoors? Filling your home with plants and fresh flowers is a great way to decorate sustainably. Not only do plants purify the air and boost your mood; they are more affordable and environmentally-friendly than purchasing decorative goods.
Head on a walk through your property to find items that can serve as decorative pieces, or become part of a DIY-project. Dry branches and pine cones can be beautiful additions to a bookshelf or side table. Fill a jar with small stones or create a garland out of seashells. That way, even staying indoors will allow you to feel connected to nature.
Give Used Items A New Life
There is no reason to purchase new furniture for your tiny home when thrifting used items is such an eco-friendly option. For larger, more complicated items, like couches and bed frames, head to your local thrift store or consignment shop. You can also search online classifieds to purchase pre-owned furniture directly from the owner. Just make sure to ask if the piece comes from a smoke-free, bed-bug free home.
For simpler items, like bookcases and small tables, consider building your own out of scrap lumber or old pallets. Garden and grocery stores often have free, leftover pallets that they would be happy to get rid of. For scrap lumber, stop by new home construction sites. In either case, make sure to ask politely, and try to develop friendly relationships with your sources so that you can have an ongoing source of free lumber.
Tiny house living is a great opportunity to live sustainably and reduce your carbon footprint. But an eco-friendly lifestyle does not mean that you need to sacrifice having a beautiful, well-designed home, both inside and out. Get creative in finding unique ways to build a tiny home with a big heart.
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