As you look for yet another new apartment, you are probably eager to get past the drag of haggling over rent and deposits so you can think about decorating your new place. Although you may have stuff from your last place, a new apartment deserves a few new flourishes. And, if you like to be eco-friendly, take a look at a few of these green decor solutions:
Warm Up With Wool
Stay warm on cold nights without cranking up the thermostat by stocking up on a few wool blankets. As a renewable, natural resource, wool is one of the most effective ways to keep warm while respecting Mother Nature. Add a wool blanket to your bed and keep one near the couch to cuddle up with during your evening read. Heritage wool manufacturer Pendleton has an assortment of responsibly produced wool blankets that will work with most styles of decor. Opt for blankets from their Eco-Wise Wool collection, which features wool that’s recyclable and can even be composted. Blankets start at $109.
Buy Your Couch Locally
Instead of shelling out thousands on that dream couch that has to be shipped halfway around the world, think locally to save your wallet and the ozone layer. Scour local antique shops and estate sales for a vintage couch. Or, if the thought of someone else’s couch in your home seems gross, simply have it reupholstered in the fabric of your choice. It’ll likely be much sturdier than a modernly produced couch, and you’ll have free reign to still make it your own. Check out Craigslist for sale listings or an estate sale locator like estatesales.net.
Upcycle a Coffee Table
You’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to creating a coffee table from repurposed goods. For instance, you can harvest a section of a recently fallen tree trunk. Simply cut the trunk in half from the top down, and add legs. Or, give unused bricks a good scrub, and stack them in a circle five or six bricks high. Secure them together with mortar, and top them with a round pane of glass. Another option is to use an old cable spool as a table.
Industrial style has made a huge comeback in recent years, and some of the best finds are in lighting. From massive metal pendants to colorful and bell-shaped lights to repurposed lanterns, there are plenty of options that will match your home decor. The patina of reclaimed lighting adds an uncommon textural element, as well. If you don’t have the patience to scour antique shops and have lighting rewired for modern application, you can find an assortment of reclaimed lighting options from eco-retailers like Bambeco.