How to enjoy ecological decoration?
The eco-friendly decor is key if we want a greener home. There are many, almost endless, the possibilities offered by creative recycling and also the plant world to fill our home with ecological decoration objects and plants to fulfill the dual function of being decorative, sometimes also practical.
It will be easy to find ways to make your home more ecological by recycling or reusing everyday objects in one way or another, creating ornaments with still life, such as leaves or dried flowers, and also living, surrounding ourselves with ornamental plants. Keep reading this article to learn how to enjoy ecological decoration.
What is ecological decoration?
On the one hand, we must take into account that ecological decoration must be based on basic principles such as the famous 3R’s of ecology: Recycling, Reusing and Reducing. Among other things, this means that everything that can have a second life will be a good candidate as a raw material for recycling or, of course, also to be used again for the same or another purpose.
In addition, reducing decorative objects is another way to have an ecological attitude. Therefore, even if the objects have not been made with recycled materials or acquired them -always with their respective eco-certificate- having a minimalist decoration also helps to take care of the planet.
In another sense, the ecological decoration can refer to the choice of ethical materials towards the environment and the species, either from extinct animals (ivory objects or tiger skins) or simply respectful of the right to life of the animals. Animals (rabbit skins, lamb skins or, for example, cow skin), so that their concept is as broad as it is flexible.
That’s right, Mother Nature is a luxury designer that gives us great possibilities to decorate our home. The results can be as complex as we want, but we will also achieve real wonders with little effort.
The dried leaves, the fruits of autumn, the pineapples, the shells collected on the shore of the beach, the dried flowers … Taking advantage of all these elements to decorate is a challenge for the imagination, which can go from a simple bouquet or the placement of dry leaves on the glass of the window, hanging from the ceiling or under a glass until its transformation through paintings, creation of compositions, centerpieces, wreaths, and a long list of ornaments.
Recycle with art
The recycling is another great opportunity to turn a house into an attractive space itself, which reflects our personality, without giving up a lighter carbon footprint. In this field, the variants are endless, with no limits other than our creativity and the available material.
Far from being a resource for those who cannot acquire new products, recycling is wealth, and the results can be surprising. Not in vain, recycling and reuse open a wide range of possibilities, with the advantage that anything can end up serving for any other, as unlikely as it may seem.
From old jeans that we have just turned into the sleeve of a notebook and even serve to line a matching pencil, to make them cushions, say. More ideas: old clothes will be perfect for a patchwork quilt and, if the garment has a special meaning, let’s dare to frame it or hang it directly on the wall. A kimono, a dress of ballet, judo, a baby dress, that dress that brings us so beautiful memories …
The pallets are another valuable material, the most versatile, which can easily be converted into a couch, a bed, table or furniture very original garden. Similarly, old wooden boxes for fruit can be tremendously stylish without having to condition them, as can be seen in the image that opens the post.
The furniture can also give a lot of play. A chair that we no longer use will be perfect as a flowerpot. We can decorate it or simply let the plants, preferably with flowers, do the work for us.
Finally, the plants are a vein for an ecological decoration. Essential, it could be said, both indoor and outdoor, in balconies, terraces, gardens and also in windows. In these cases, having green hand is not enough to be able to consider that a vegetal decoration is ecological.
If on the one hand the plants purify interior environments naturally and outdoors are a breath of life, it is also true that choosing native species or, without going any further, plant organic seeds or install a drip irrigation system would be a plus to the time to achieve an ecological garden.
It is also necessary to use fertilizer and chemical-free pesticides. Only then, taking care of these details, will we achieve that these plants really are an ecological decorative element. Placing a birdhouse or a birdseed feeder on the window, balcony or tree will help the wildlife. There are really nice ones or, much better than buying them, theirs would be to make them ourselves with recycled material.
In short, in addition to have desire, enthusiasm and be aware, to succeed we just have to learn to combine environmental respect with the creation of a domestic environment that is functional and beautiful. In addition, the ecological decoration helps to save good money and, if done with good taste and know how to personalize, the result will be a comfortable home, which will say a lot, and very good, of us.