5 Tips for Eco-Conscious DecoratingPosted: Updated:
These days you don't have to sacrifice style to be earth friendly, even when remodeling or redecorating your home. From buying antiques to turning to exceptional fresh designs, these eco-conscious tips from five of the nation's top interior designers prove there's more than one way to go green.
Buy great quality stuff that you'll never throw away.
Want to feel good about splurging on a new oven, bedroom set, or patio ensemble? Heed the motto of Jonathan Adler: "If your heirs won't fight over it, we won't make it." In an exclusive Glam.com interview, the hip designer declares, "So as much as I believe that people should do their part and try to be ecologically responsible, I think they should also think about buying stuff that ain't disposable, the heirlooms of the future. That's my sermon du jour."
Incorporate vintage pieces into your work.
In the mood to troll flea markets or antique shops? Perfect! L.A. designer and Bergdorf Goodman-featured Kelly Wearstler believes adding previously used items into your design adds style and character. "It's always best to repurpose items when you can," she adds.
Consider woven straw or jute rugs.
Larry Laslo does his green groundwork, literally, by turning to rugs that are made from natural fiber. He says, "They are greener than most floor coverings. But jute and sisal give away nothing on looks, with wide variations in color and texture."
Decorate with Q Collection furnishings.
If you're looking for furniture or fabrics that are equal parts chic and conscious, shop at Q Collection, a favorite of L.A. designer Emma Jane Pilkington. She calls it, "high design for a green planet."
NYC favorite Jamie Drake points out, "The greatest green product isn't so great if it has to be shipped halfway around the world on boats, trains, planes, and trucks."