Green Home Design Trends

Interior design is your way of expressing yourself to whomever visits your home. Each person has a different taste, so designing a home can sometimes be a daunting task. Of course, there are professionals that can hear your thoughts and make them come alive, but first you must have an idea of what you want. Interior decorating is an ever changing market, styles come and go. Whatever you choose, it has to be something that you will enjoy.

Austin is a trendy area that has evolved with the times. The biggest fashion these days is going green. It takes only a few small steps to redesign your home in a green way. A bathroom can now be redesigned using eco-friendly materials and fixtures that will reduce your water consumption while still being stylish. Moen has released several faucets that are approved by the EPA for eco-friendliness. For the living space, look for companies that provide materials which are chemical free or made from renewable substances. Mosaic bamboo tiles can be used to spruce up a room and natural fiber rugs or beeswax candles make for great extras.

Color is, of course, a big decision to consider in home redesign. This year, many have leaned toward colors chosen from everyday life, such as your favorite wardrobe colors. Why not cover your walls with colors that you use to cover yourself? Other popular ideas this season have been colors selected to mimic nature, including colors like African Sunset and Open Savannah. Even food is getting in on the color scheme. Some favorite food inspired colors are Gazpacho and Dining Alfresco. Neutral colors have always been a staple, and are still considered a good idea in a home to allow for the room to be completed with great accents in metallic or silver. Both are very popular themes these days.

Wallpaper is also making a comeback this season. Time magazine has dubbed it “hip,” and even Oprah has encouraged it on her show. These days, wallpaper is available in many eco-friendly designs. Most are non-woven made to be easily repositioned but stick to the wall itself with great force. The seams become virtually invisible. The paper is made from natural and synthetic materials found in things like tea bags, and can even be rerolled for use in another room or home because they are tear resistant. For a bit more money, one can choose a green wallpaper made from naturally textured sea grass or bamboo. These are now available in a myriad of colors such as silver, violet and kiwi.

Updating your home d├ęcor is a great way to keep up with the trends. Austin is a city that is constantly growing, and this brings even more new ideas to the area. Remember that trends come and go. Base your home design on your own style, and you will see that will stand the test of time. Consider what is in right now and put your own flair into the project. The newest fashions can increase your home’s value if used the right way. As with any investment that is always a good thing.