4 Ways You Can Decorate Your Home Sustainably

4 Ways You Can Decorate Your Home Sustainably
26 Jan 2023

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There are many ways to fry an egg and even more ways to decorate a house. You can personalize your home in many ways: maximalist, minimalist, moody, or bohemian. Regardless of your aesthetic preference, you can also sustainably decorate your home. 

Sustainable interior design is about creating beautiful, functional spaces that are also good for the environment. It’s about using materials and techniques that are kind to the planet without sacrificing style or comfort. In this article, we will explore some of the most interesting and sustainable interior design trends that are taking the world by storm.

Choose Sustainable Materials

You might be raising an eyebrow at the term “sustainable materials.” The first image that comes to mind might be recycled something-or-other rather than the versatile materials under that umbrella. Many sustainable materials are even more stylish than their counterparts. Bamboo, cork, and reclaimed wood come from natural, renewable places and have a unique look that adds to your home. They are also often more durable than traditional materials, which means they will last longer and save you money in the long run.

Repurposed materials are also sustainable. That means using materials that have been salvaged, reclaimed, or upcycled in some way. You can include anything from reclaimed wood to vintage textiles. Using repurposed materials can give new life to old materials and reduce the demand for new resources. 

Use Second-hand Furniture

Another great way to decorate a house for maximum style and sustainability is to use second-hand furniture. It can be a great way to save money, and it can also be a great way to give new life to old furniture. You can find great deals on second-hand furniture at thrift stores, garage sales, and online marketplaces. Plus, using second-hand furniture is a great way to reduce waste and the demand for new furniture.

In addition, antique and consignment decor are unique and trendy in a way that the newer alternatives can’t be. Often, older furniture is built to last longer, and it has its own life and look that will contribute to your home. Consignment goods, like those at Millwards Consignment, can surprise you. A piece of furniture you could never have thought would go in your home might be the perfect piece to tie it all together.

Not only do these pieces often have a story to tell, but they also have a sense of history and charm that new furniture can’t replicate. In addition, buying antique and consignment furniture is a sustainable choice as it keeps these pieces out of landfills and reduces the need for new production.

Sustainable Lighting

Lighting is an often forgotten part of interior design, but not only is it one of the essential parts of making your house look good and a massive part of what makes it sustainable. Unfortunately, the lighting in your home can both waste energy and create physical waste. 

Using energy-efficient lightbulbs, LED lights, and natural lighting will reduce your carbon footprint and save energy that only benefits your home’s look. Newer light bulbs with energy-efficient properties also tend to have more settings, colors, and control over the light they give off than the alternative. 

Using natural light can also help your home feel better designed and better for the environment. For example, you can open the curtains and let the sunshine in or design your home to feature its windows. Natural light is a great way to brighten a room and make it feel more open and airy. 

Make Use of Plants

Implementing plants into your home’s design is always a good idea. A splash of green life can take a room to the next level in terms of its atmosphere. In addition, having plants like herbs or vegetables that you can use in your food will lower grocery waste. Plants can add a lot of style and personality to a room and can also help purify the air and improve your health

You might be interested in the aesthetic appeal of plants but aren’t sure if you can manage taking care of one. That’s ok! Not everyone has a green thumb, but you can still choose low-maintenance plants for your home. That means selecting plants that are easy to care for and don’t require a lot of water or sunlight. 


Decorating a house for maximum style and sustainability is a great way to make your home look beautiful and feel good. By choosing sustainable materials, using second-hand furniture, using natural light, and incorporating plants into your decor, you can create a beautiful and sustainable home that you’ll love for years. Remember, you don’t have to sacrifice style and convenience to make your home more sustainable. Sustainability can be the most convenient in the long run. With the right approach, you can have a stylish and sustainable home.

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, travel and food writer, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, and social media strategist. Craig likes to travel, go camping, go on road trips, watch movies, build stuff, operate the grill, and sing with his band. Craig is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space.

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