Green home designs are getting popular these days and make use of non toxic and long lasting materials as well as recycling. Green home décor also comprises the use of eco-friendly and reusable furnishings, materials and leftovers.
Generally when green materials are used you try to restore and salvage what you already have. There are many choices available with respect to green flooring also. You can also go in for painting and stenciling without the use of materials containing volatile organic compounds.
Green home designs mostly encompass materials such as bamboo, cork and eucalyptus owing to its earth friendly nature and renewable nature. You can make use of cork safely because there is no destruction of trees during extraction of the cork. You can also go in for hardwood flooring which can last a lifetime. But you have to remember that these woods are not green or eco-friendly and are mostly remnants of rain forest tree growth. While selecting woods you can choose something that has the certification and approval of environmental groups.
You must also pay careful though to the use of glues and finishes used in floor installation as they may have toxic synthetic formaldehyde resins. You can at best use non-toxic low to no VOC sealants apart from polishes, finishes, adhesive products and non-toxic cleaners. This will help you have a healthier environment and better indoor air quality as your home will produce less toxins and will be the best place to reside in.
While making use of green home décor, you can also incorporate many glass windows and wall skylights to allow natural lighting in your home. This will help in providing the green design benefits of avoiding and reducing moisture accumulation in a room and will also help you to conserve energy.
You can also choose from a variety of concrete floorings that come in a range of patterns, textures, colors and polishes. This type of flooring also uses no glue or chemicals and hence is not so harmful to your health.
Green home designs in the kitchen incorporate use of concrete counter tops because of their popularity and natural appeal. These can also impart a modern look and style to your bathrooms kitchen and fireplace. You can also make use of Vertrazzo or recycled glass which is another popular choice for green kitchen counter tops. This material comes in an array of colors and can match your home decor perfectly.