You can’t avoid things like paint and flooring, but you can choose healthier options when looking for that perfect shade of blue. Search for paints made with raw ingredients, like clay or chalk, instead of synthetic fillers. And as always, make sure the brand you use is zero-VOC. There is no room for off-gassing in your cozy oasis.
Most mainstream carpeting contains VOCs, but if you’re set on the plush, soft feel of carpeted floors, try wool. Wool is a natural material that is both durable and biodegradable. Pay attention to the dyes used in your carpeting as well. Vegetable-based dyes are a natural alternative to the toxic ingredients in most dyes.
If you’re not sold on carpeting, there are plenty of other options, such as cork, bamboo, and reclaimed hardwood. Check out these popular eco-friendly flooring solutions.
Minimalism is Key
Clutter will quickly make your living room an anxious space instead of a place for you to relax and enjoy a good book. Think about the items in your living room and ask yourself what is and isn’t necessary. I bet that huge stack of magazines and shopping catalogs that you’re never going to read are probably ready to meet the recycling bin. If you have a few that you simply can’t part with, put them in a decorative basket or hide them in a storage unit that doubles as a bench. Whatever you decide, you want the space to be clean and organized.
Think about the pieces of furniture you include as well. Be purposeful and intentional when designing the room. Don’t overcrowd the space with too much furniture. Instead, invest in organic and natural pieces that promote healthy, comfortable living.