The natural and eco-friendly trend has found its way into home design. Awareness of toxic exposures and microscopic particles benefit overall health and create new design opportunities. Whether a home needs a renovation or a quick fix, opt for the natural choice!
Take precautions when renovating, especially in older homes. There can be many hidden chemicals and dangers such as:
- Lead (especially in homes built before 1978)
- Asbestos and mold (seek a professional for mold that has grown over 10 square feet).
- Formaldehyde (found in rugs and carpeting, linked to cancer and allergies)
- Polyurethane (used for hardwood floors)
- VOC- Volatile Organic Compounds (found in wall paper)
There are many natural choices that still maintain style and function. Here are a few suggestions:
- Opt for modular carpet tiles. They are renewable and recyclable.
- Options include: wool, cotton, jute, hemp, coir, cornhusk, coconut fiber and silk
- Another safe choice for carpeting is vintage rugs.
- No synthetic fibers or coatings
- Use a PVC-free finish for hardwood floors.
- Tung oil or polywhey are great choices
- Install harvested wood, cork or salvaged hardwood
- Try incorporating floating boards. No glue or adhesives necessary
- No-VOC is a key point to look for when it comes to wall design.
- Toxin-free wallpaper (like Phillip Jefferies) are another great design choice
- Options include: arrowroot, bamboo, jute and seagrass
- Have charm, high detail, uniqueness and texture
Awareness of toxins maintains good health and a safer environment. There are hundreds of natural choices when it comes to home design. CLICK HERE for more ideas to incorporate into your renovation and home design plans.