Whether you’re an established interior designer or just interested in giving your living room a green makeover, consider these guidelines when creating an eco-friendly space:
I. Before you start, establish environmental principles and develop a plan of action. If you make a list of things that you want to accomplish through your efforts, you can also determine how you need to change your current habits and practices to achieve those goals.
II. Start in your own backyard. Inventory your home or office for products and processes and determine where changes can be made. For instance, how green are your cleaning supplies? Do you recycle? Could you organize your pantry better so that food doesn’t go to waste?
III. Begin exploring alternative product options and green vendors. Choose home decor that’s made from recycled materials or is repurposed. The best products will last a long time and require very little maintenance. Don’t forget to consider antiques and collectibles. If you’re completely renovating, consider bamboo flooring or furniture constructed from discarded materials. Building Value, a nonprofit in Northside, specializes in reclaimed building material and offers everything from fireplaces to kitchen sinks.