Create an eco-friendly home with our interior top tips and tricks

Make your home more eco-friendly by adding stylish, sustainable fixtures, fittings and fabrics that won’t break the bank? Richard Ornelas from Abode Interiors shares his top tips on how to make your home greener without compromising on style.

Handcrafted wallpaper is an environmentally friendly and sustainable option, plus it’s created by skilled people and designed in unique styles and patterns. The high-quality paper is often sourced from sustainable forests and made using eco-friendly ingredients. The product is stylish, durable and 100 percent recyclable. What’s not to like?

Try toned down, neutral wallpaper complemented with vibrant cushions and curtains, or add a bold patterned wallpaper to really bring a room to life. Farrow & Ball print their designs using water-based paints and no vinyl, making it environmentally-friendly from start to finish. They also have a child-friendly and vegan-friendly wallpaper range! 

Wool has several sustainable attributes; it’s rapidly renewable, biodegradable, recyclable, and can be produced organically. It’s also a great material to use for headboards in the bedroom as it can be easily shaped and its fibre recovery makes it resistant to wrinkling and daily wear and tear. Using wool in bedding also provides huge benefits; it can breathe naturally and is a great way to regulate your temperature at night.

If you fancy upholstering an old chair, wool is ideal because, once again, it regains its natural shape easily, preventing any unwanted creasing and making your finished product look newer for longer.

Bamboo is a beautiful natural material to feature around your home, plus it has lots of environmental benefits such as its ability to grow quickly without the need for fertilisers, pesticides and much water.  Did you know that bamboo groves release 35 percent more oxygen into the air than a similar-sized area of trees, so why not bring the outdoors, indoors, by adding a few decorative bamboo plants around your home.

Ikea is a great place to get your hands on stylish and affordable bamboo statement pieces for your home, such as simple bathroom shelving units and open wardrobes with sliding doors creating a clean and modern finish.

Ikea also has a range of bamboo lamps with natural colour variations, hand-woven by skilled craftspeople. Add an LED bulb for a lower environmental impact and the same soft glow as many standard bulbs, adding a perfect eco-friendly finish.

For more bamboo furniture inspiration, take a look at Wayfair and Habitat.

If you’re looking to refresh your home with stylish finishes, then explore the fantastic sustainability range at H&M, including 100 percent cotton cushions. Cotton is sustainable, renewable, and bio-degradable, making it an excellent choice as an eco-friendly fibre throughout its entire product life cycle.

You can be stylish and environmentally friendly, so why not spruce-up your home this autumn?

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