As more and more people turn to a greener way of living, eco-friendly houses are becoming more common. However, if you are starting out along this road, knowing exactly how to decorate and furnish your rooms can at first seem like a dilemma, particularly if you are trying to balance a green lifestyle with good taste and classic designs. With a little thought though, it is not only an easy task to accomplish, but also very satisfying.
Creating a green bedroom can be particularly satisfying, as on average people spend a third of their lives in this area of their home. The secondary benefit is that an eco-friendly bedroom can help provide a better night’s sleep due to the natural fibres used, while also doing your bit to help the environment.
Start your new project with the decorating. Use eco-friendly paint that is low in volatile organic compounds and is much better for your health. If you prefer paper, choose recycled wallpaper. If the room is at the building stage, invest in good insulation that will decrease the need for heating. Install well-fitted double-glazed windows with quality thick curtains made from organic natural fibres. Seek advice on cavity-wall insulation and loft insulation as it is also possible to obtain grants to help with the initial costs. Ensure that this applies to all your rooms, including guest beds.
Look into buying a green mattress that is made from emission-free and natural materials. Wool is also considered to be fire retardant and therefore much safer. Equip your new bed with sheets made from organic natural fibres rather than normal cotton sheets that are mass produced and hence have a high carbon footprint. Bamboo bed clothes are a good choice and are comfortable and healthy for your skin. Designs of many kinds are available, making it is easy to choose materials to suit your individual tastes. When your sheets are washed, make sure you use natural detergents to keep toxins at a minimum.
If you have not already done so, change the lighting in your bedroom to energy-efficient bulbs or LED lights. Lighting can be used to great effect in bedrooms to create various moods with different shades and positioning. Energy-efficient light bulbs allow this design feature to be maintained at a minimum cost and with minimal effect on the earth.
Get rid of all electronic equipment in your bedroom. Not only will this help you sleep better, but it will also reduce the use of costly electricity. Use a wind-up alarm clock and if you like to have a radio on in the morning, consider a solar-charged one. You could get rid of any heaters and invest in a quality duck-down quilt or two instead. You will soon get used to a cooler room and in the long term it is much healthier not to use artificial heat while you sleep.
Invest in some attractive green plants that will not only create a classic look that is soothing and relaxing, but will also help improve the quality of the air. Fresh flowers, particularly those that you grow yourself, will add a natural scent as well as looking great.
Combining these few simple tips can help you achieve a green bedroom that not only makes you feel good mentally, but also physically since you will sleep better and be more rested the next day. So green really is the way to go when designing the perfect bedroom.
This guest post has been written by Rob who currently writes on behalf of Archer Sleep Centre. Rob focuses his writing towards how a good quality bed can improve your life in some way or form.