Earth Day is just around the corner and our team of interior designers in Bend is ready to talk about eco-friendly design!
One thing we hear a lot when we sit down with clients to discuss whole house interior design is that they want pieces that support green living and are great for the environment without sacrificing style. The good news? There are tons of options out there.
Ready to learn what you need to look for when shopping for eco-friendly furniture and decor? Let’s dive in.
Sustainably Harvested Wood
Certain types of decor require more wood furniture, such as traditional interior design. However, you can still enjoy beautiful pieces with a classic aesthetic when you shop for items made from sustainably harvested materials.
Most often, this means tables and other items made from reclaimed wood or materials that come directly from tree farms. Many of the manufacturers that use this process say right away that they do, so really all it takes is a little research to know which one you should buy from.
Products Made from Recycled Materials
If you’re a fan of green living, make sure to look for furniture and decor pieces made from recycled materials. Many accent pieces from eco-friendly retailers include recycled plastics and metals, while reclaimed wood is always a good option for bigger styles.
Of course, shopping second hand is also a way to help the environment. Instead of letting items end up in landfills, you can easily add them to your own home. Even if a certain piece is looking a little rough, a bit of paint and some tender loving care can usually ensure it looks great paired with the rest of your decor.
Another element to consider before you purchase furniture: Whether or not a particular furniture piece is chemical-free. Many large scale and traditional manufacturers still use harsh chemicals like formaldehyde and/or fire retardants in their pieces, including in some upholstery fabrics.
Instead, opt for brands that advertise being chemical-free or have a non-toxic certification. In all honesty, this isn’t as difficult to find these days as it once was. Brands like Norwalk Furniture make furniture that is chemical-free — you just have to pay attention while you shop. Look for whether or not the company is a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council and adheres to their guidelines of sustainable, eco-friendly furniture.
Let Us Help You Choose Eco-Friendly Products
Of course, the biggest secret to choosing eco-friendly furniture and decor for your home simply comes down to asking questions when you buy. Most luxury and high-end brands will be able to tell you if a particular item is made from sustainable materials or is chemical-free. If they can’t, then it might be time to move on to a different manufacturer that can provide that information to you.
Not sure where to begin when it comes to shopping for eco-friendly products? That’s okay! Our team at Complements Home Interiors is happy to help. We’re proud to be an award-winning interior design company in Bend. Please contact us today to schedule an interior design consultation.