As the weather gets colder and the inclination to snuggle up in the bedroom becomes stronger, you might be thinking about redecorating your sleeping quarters. If so, now is the perfect time to look at this part of your home with an environmental focus. Use the renovation to give your bedroom an eco-friendly makeover and make it somewhere better for both you and the planet. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you redesign the space.
1 Choose More Sustainable, Natural Furnishings, and Fixtures
One of the simplest ways to create a more sustainable bedroom is to choose furnishings and fixtures that are better for the earth. For example, choose a bed frame made from recycled materials, bamboo, or other natural, eco-friendly options. Opt for a smaller run, handmade products from your local area over mass made items sprayed with lots of chemicals and shipped from across the world.
Choose a natural latex or certified organic mattress, too, that’s kinder on the environment. Plus, buy an organic mattress topper and bedding made from chemical-free materials such as organic cotton and bamboo. Look after these items correctly, too, following the care instructions closely so that they last longer and need replacing less often.
Also, be wise in your other furniture purchases, such as drawers, cupboards, bedside tables, rugs, and chairs. Utilize pieces that have been handed down in your family or buy second-hand goods from consignment stores, garage sales, op shops, etc. You can also buy products made from sustainable materials. Either way, focus on items that will stand the test of time. You may also be able to make some pieces yourself or reupholster or otherwise refresh and repair older items.
As for flooring, make eco-friendlier choices here, too. The most sustainable option is not to replace it until you really must. When the time comes for something new, consider recycled wooden planks or more natural bamboo or cork products. Plus, swap out old, energy-draining light globes for more modern, energy-efficient bulbs.
2 Replace Lead-Based Paint
Something you do want to get rid of in your bedroom ASAP, however, is lead paint. This dangerous substance can cause a raft of health problems, including seizures and damage to the brain and other vital organs, and even death. Plus, it affects animals as well as humans.
Unfortunately, many properties still have lead-based paint inside them. The federal government banned using this type of paint in consumer settings in 1978, yet there’s still a high number of homes that contain traces of it. If your house was built after 1978, you shouldn’t have to worry, although it pays to get a swab test done to be sure. If your property is older, though, definitely get it tested. Do this in a hurry if any of the paint on your bedroom walls is deteriorating, such as peeling, cracking, or chipping. This stage is when it’s most dangerous.
When you want to repaint walls, choose non-toxic paint. This means more than just products free from lead. Many approved, popular paints still contain toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are a large group of chemicals found in many products in and around homes that get released into the indoor air we breathe. Reduce your exposure to these by choosing “green” paints classified as either low-VOC or no-VOC. Today, most paint manufacturers produce at least one variety such as this, so you shouldn’t have to look hard to find something eco-friendly.
3 Pay Attention to Windows
To make your bedroom as sustainable as possible, you want to reduce your reliance on air conditioning and heating in the space. One way to do this is to replace windows if they’re old, ill-fitting, have very thin glass, and let the elements in more than they should. You can also tint your bedroom windows to block out the sun so that your resting zone doesn’t get overwhelmingly hot. Add quality shades to windows, too, to keep the room temperate.
4 Use Natural Cleaning Products
Don’t forget to make eco-friendly choices regarding cleaning. When you get your bedroom in order, use natural cleaning products that aren’t chock full of chemicals. Make your own solutions from natural ingredients at home, or select products in stores that are certified as being better for the planet. Read ingredient lists carefully. Choose cruelty-free, graywater-friendly cleaners free from things like petroleum solvents, phosphates, phthalates, butyl glycol, etc.
Turning your bedroom into a beautiful, calming retreat that’s good for your mind and body takes more than just redecorating with pretty new products. Make wise decisions when renewing your room that you know will be better for you and the planet.