Going green is important in all the aspects of your life, so it's no surprise that when you set out to decorate your home, you want to make eco-friendly choices that will still reflect your unique sense of style.
If you're looking for an idea of where to start, check out these sources of inspiration.
Get creative with tree stumps, branches, and leaves:
Whether you're using a branch as the basis for a family tree display on the wall or whittling a couple of different branches down to make bookends, nature is filled with opportunities for you to bring the outside in and use it in your decorating. During the winter, holly branches make a gorgeous display on your mantle; fall leaves dipped in wax will hold their color year-round and add a splash of color to your walls, windows, or table. Slices of stumps make unique backgrounds for pictures, coasters, or even seats. Be creative and see where your imagination takes you!
Try wool, felt, and feathers in your crafting:
Wool and felt are eco-friendly materials that can be used in a variety of different ways, from creating gorgeous wall art to decorating pillows and other fabric surfaces throughout your home. Feathers can be worked into mobiles, dream catchers, and garlands. Use the colors that nature gives your or dip your feathers in glitter or paint to create stunning effects.
Dress up your kitchen or bathroom with pebbles, sea shells, and other materials:
Finally: a real, creative use for all those shells that you collected at the beach. Use them in a vase to create a centerpiece that also holds precious memories, hang them on the walls to create a unique piece of artwork, or work them into a mosaic. If you have plenty of patience, consider working shells into a unique wreath or adding them to your candles. Pebbles make a wonderful, soothing mat beneath your feet when you step out of the shower. These materials are limited only by your imagination!
Use natural stone, ceramic, or porcelain tile:
Natural stone is highly durable, with a longer lifespan than nearly any other tile material. It's also gorgeous and unique, so you know you have a design that will never be duplicated. Porcelain and ceramic tile are also great eco-friendly choices.
Choose wallpaper made from recycled materials:
The eco-friendly movement has led to many companies making "green" products to help increase customer interest, and wallpaper companies are no exception. If you're going to use wallpaper in your home, choose one made from recycled materials to up the "green" appeal of your home.
Explore toxin-free metallic statement pillows:
These pillows will add a unique touch to your home, tying in your unique taste and adding a bright touch that you won't find just anywhere. By choosing a non-toxic option, you know that you are making the best choice for your home.
Bio: Ben Lamm is a communication specialist and blogger at Glass Tile Oasis, an online shop with an extensive selection of some of the most inspired and affordable tiles. Ben enjoys playing the guitar, spending time with family and social networking.