Better Home Decor

By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple

Choose a Safer Paint

Got a room in need of a perk-up? Trade pale walls for bright hues, like canary yellow. Choose a paint labeled low-VOC (volatile organic compounds). Conventional paint has a number of VOCs, which are carbon-containing substances that vaporize into the air and cause indoor pollution.

Revise Your Rug

Rugs made from natural or recycled fibers are the greenest way to cover your floor. You can also seek out antique rugs. Remember, “antique” and “vintage” are always green — and often more stylish than something new.

Consider Your Curtains

Looking for a new window treatment? Insulated curtains help keep heat in — or out — which conserves energy and money. A side benefit is they also cut down on sunshine-induced fading on furniture and floor coverings.

Furnish Wisely

Sustainably designed furniture — that is, tables, chairs, etc. made from natural, recycled or reclaimed materials and constructed with nontoxic glues and varnishes — comes in a range of prices and styles. Even adding one planet-friendly piece to your home is a step in the right direction.

Rethink the Tchotchke

Whether you’re a collector or a minimalist, accessories and knickknacks will likely find some place in your home. Go green by purchasing items that have been made from recycled or reclaimed materials and by scouring your local tag sales for treasures.


  1. 1

    I bought the insulated curtains this year and I’m a fan. It’s so much more comfortable now!

  2. 2

    Oh yes love the insulated curtains! I dislike carpet so much though and we have wall-to-wall carpet. I’m definitely going for something greener and more natural next time.

  3. 3

    We only have carpet on the upper level of our home (stairs, bedrooms, hallway) and I adore my tile so much. You do have to clean it more often but it’s so much more sanitary.

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