How to design a bedroom with eco-friendly materials

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When you think about all the eco-friendly projects you can do around your home, you might think that ‘going green’ in your bedroom is too difficult. Luckily, even if it is a bit complicated, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think. A guest post contributor Derek Lotts says, by making several simpler alterations over a course of several weeks you will notice positive changes in your health, as well as your budget.

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Introducing plants into a room is a great choice: they have a calming effect; make the space appear more inviting; and above all else, they are natural air filters. Placing a plant or two in your bedroom is a great way to make sure you’re breathing quality air rich in oxygen, and it will also make the room seem more charming. A bigger plant placed in a corner near a window, where it will get plenty of natural light, and a smaller one on your bedside table will make you feel more at ease, and you will sleep much better.

Organic and natural materials

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Conventional bedding may be cheaper and more convenient to obtain, but you should know that the materials it’s made of are often full of pesticides and toxins. You certainly don’t want to sleep on a sheet that has been treated with harsh chemicals, do you? By picking organic cotton sheets you will make your bedroom greener and cleaner, and they are a much better option than polyester and petroleum-derived plastics. Your skin is very sensitive, and you should ensure that you only use the best and, if possible, natural and organic materials for your bedding, carpets, as well as your pyjamas.

‘Green’ light

Incandescent light bulbs may be cheaper to buy and install, but by switching to LED lights you will do wonders for your budget. Not only will you save a lot of energy, since LED lights are far more efficient, but you will also instantly make your bedroom much brighter. Luckily, LEDs are extremely popular today, which means you won’t have to look too long before you find the right ones and replace your incandescent lights. The best thing about them is that they work with pretty much any fixture, which will allow you to keep all of your beautiful lamps.

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Get an eco-friendly bed

Getting an eco-friendly bed is much easier than you might think. Start with the material: good, old wood is expensive, but it’s also durable, and today you can even get your hands on bamboo beds. You should also think about your mattress: you can easily find incredibly comfortable, green mattresses. Look for mattresses that contain natural latex, as it’s a renewable, eco-friendly material, but don’t forget about the memory foam ones either. These can be made of plant-based materials, meaning that the use of petrochemicals, polyester and plastic is significantly reduced. Also, look for mattresses wrapped in organic materials: wool, cotton, or even bamboo as these are highly renewable.

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Eco-friendly paint

Conventional paints you get at your local home improvement store are usually filled with different toxins and chemicals, and you should look for an alternative as these chemicals can be bad for both your health and the environment. Instead, you can find non-toxic, plant-based paint you can use not only in your bedroom, but your entire home too. If you have aluminium scaffolding at home, you don’t even have to call professionals to paint your bedroom, and you can do it yourself over a single weekend.

Bedrooms are places where we feel most relaxed and come to get some rest after a long and stressful day. By making sure that this little sanctuary of yours is eco-friendly and toxin-free, you will be more relaxed and sleep better knowing that you are taking care of your health as well.

About the author

Derek Lotts is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator and writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and everything related to home improvement. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.

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