Going green doesn’t require you to give up as much as it used to. Whatever your personal style, you can be good to the environment while satisfying your tastes in home décor. Perhaps you’re hesitant or you’re just looking for new tips for green design and decoration. Check out these 6 ways to incorporate green decorating into your new kitchen.
- Look for cabinets made with sustainable woods such as eucalyptus or bamboo. The eucalyptus is tree grows incredibly fast and can be chopped at the root to grow back again. Because of its quick growing cycle and ability to re-grow from the roots, it is an excellent choice for “green” cabinetry. Because of its lovely natural luster that will last for decades, eucalyptus is an especially beautiful wood to use for wine cellars.
- Shop for recycled hardware at flea markets or second hand shops. Those great finds can add distinguished character to a modern kitchen.
- Look for tiles made from recycled glass. You can spot recycled tiles due to their translucent in appearance. Tiles with lower percentages of recycled glass tend to be cloudy, while tiles made from 100 percent recycled glass are completely translucent. Usually recycled tiles have a matte finish, but it is possible to find very glossy styles. A professional will be able to identify whether or not the tile in consideration has been recycled. If you’re in doubt, ask your professional craftsman.
- Buy ENERGY STAR appliances. ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency that helps us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. ENERGY STAR was established to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient uses of energy. The big blue stickers make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products.
- Install natural bamboo or cork flooring. Both are renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, and are recognized as principle components of modern sustainable architecture. Natural bamboo is being recommended more and more often in response to rising concerns about indoor air quality, allergens, off-gassing that are often associated with traditional building materials. In comparison to other wood varieties, natural bamboo is 27% harder than oak and 13% harder than maple. It is also composed of complex fibers that do not absorb moisture as easily as the others, ensuring long term durability.
- Dress your windows with energy-efficient shades. Hunter Douglas Energy Efficient Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades use a patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction provides superior energy savings in both warm and cold climates. All Architella fabrics reduce energy consumption and are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified. They are also available in six distinctive fabric styles so their esthetic appeal is as nice as their financial one.
If you have any questions (or things to include) about these 6 green decorating tips, contact Heartland or NestExpressions on Twitter @heartlandhomes and @nestexpressions. Best of luck with your green kitchens!