Ready for a Home Refresh? 4 Trendy, Sustainable Ideas to Try in the New Year
Posted by WOCA WOODCARE
It’s easier than you think to renew your interior spaces in an eco-friendly way. Green living is good living, after all. These 4 home refresh projects will reduce waste, lower carbon emissions, and prevent harmful chemicals from entering the environment. Not only will you be improving your environmental footprint, but you’ll also be saving on energy costs in the long run.
Refinish Floors And Furniture With Eco-Friendly StainsOne of the best home refresh projects you can tackle is giving wooden floors and furniture a new lease on life with bright, bold colors. It may be time to refinish your hardwood floors if you’ve noticed some of the telltale signs.
Replacing flooring can be a significant, complicated, and expensive project. It requires new materials which must be harvested, processed, and shipped. The old flooring will also have to be removed and discarded, adding more cost and environmental impact.
Instead of replacing your flooring, consider refinishing it with WOCA eco-friendly oil stains. This allows you to save money while eliminating the need for new materials, reducing resulting waste. Check out our look book for more design inspiration.
Like all WOCA products, WOCA oils are free of harmful chemicals and low in VOCs which means they’re safe for you and your family. They come in a broad range of designer colors, making it easy to find the perfect match for your décor. If you opt to use stain rather than paint, they’re perfectly suitable for use on flooring as well as wooden chairs, tables, and countertops and pose fewer health or environmental risks.
Reupholster Furniture for a Chic New LookNew upholstery doesn’t just give your furniture a new look; it provides new utility and extends the life of items you already own.
When reupholstering, choose sustainable materials such as organic cotton or linen. These materials can be grown without harmful chemicals and pesticides, resulting in less harmful impacts to the environment. They also require minimal processing and will be free of synthetic ingredients that can introduce toxic substances into the air you breathe.
Install Energy-efficient Lighting Fixtures
One of the home’s most significant sources of wasteful energy use is old, inefficient lighting. Installing energy-efficient lighting reduces environmental impact while adding an exciting new ambiance to your indoor spaces.
There are many different types of eco-friendly bulbs and lighting fixtures available. LED light bulbs use significantly less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, last longer, and come in various sizes and styles.
Use Low VOC Paints for Clean ColorA fresh coat of paint is a surefire way to breathe new life into your space. Try earthy tones such as greens, browns, beiges, and warm neutrals for a natural, elegant look.
But remember: The paints you choose to use are important. When painting your home (or staining any furniture, as we mentioned above), it’s essential to choose products that are low in VOCs. Traditional paints can release volatile organic compounds into the air you breathe.
Not only are these chemicals bad for the environment, but they can also be harmful to your health. Look for paints labeled as low-VOC or no-VOC, and be sure to use proper ventilation during application to help reduce exposure.
A Year of Simple, Sustainable Beauty with WOCAA sustainable home refresh doesn’t have to be complicated. You can make small changes that are good for the environment and save money while also improving the look and feel of your home.
These projects are easy to do and use sustainable, eco-friendly concepts. Consider incorporating one or more of them into your new year’s resolutions and give your home a fresh, new look while helping to protect the planet.