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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Environmentally-friendly or eco-friendly interior design trends have continued to gain popularity among many people in the past few years. People not only want their homes to create a true reflection of their real values and personalities, but also their respect for the environment and health. If you are also tired of polluting the environment and would like to make a change, why not take the initiative and apply the use of eco-friendly interior design trends in your home or office? The following are some of the best green interior design solutions that you can use:

1. Green Painting and Decorating Options
One of the best ways to create an eco-friendly interior is by using low or zero volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints. These paints contain less or no toxic chemical substances that can cause harm to human health. Due to the fact that they are manufactured to meet low odour guidelines, they are less likely to create allergy reactions such as asthma and other breathing complications. Even though low or zero VOCs are relatively expensive as compared to other ordinary paints, they are worth spending your money on as they help you greatly in protecting the environment and your family’s health.

2. Lighting
You should always be very careful when it comes to choosing lights or bulbs for your house. The florescent, LED, and CFL light bulbs are the best to use as they are not only designed to provide light, but also to conserve electricity. They also have the ability to last longer than other ordinary light bulbs.

In order to take advantage of natural sunlight during the day, make sure that your windows are energy-efficient and facing the south to maximise the intake of light. You can also place tubular skylights on your roof. These lights not only add aesthetic value to your house, but they also help you in saving power and money.

3. Green Furniture
While buying furniture, make sure that you go for high quality furniture made of natural woods. If it is hard for you to make a choice, you can visit your local reputable furniture stores and consignment shops and ask for professional advice. Make sure that you choose furniture made of strong woods for durability - as if you only get one sofa every ten years or so, you’ll be putting less material into waste.

4. Glazing
Glazing adds an impervious and vitreous surface to your windows and other glass materials in your house. Without a coat of glaze, your windows or glassware would absorb water instead of holding it, making them weak and vulnerable to breakage. Glazed windows or glasses are extraordinarily strong and can serve you for a long period of time without breaking. In addition, glazed glasses add the much-needed aesthetic value to your home, making your home a very comfortable place to be in.

Author Bio:
Gary Rideout is a blogger who writes on a range of topics, include sustainable sofas and chairs and other furniture items that he enjoys.

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