In an age when getting your home decorated by interior designers is considered fashionable, there are some who prefer to live as close to nature as possible in the urban jungle that is our metros. And being close to nature involves not just designing your home as per the surrounding weather conditions but also ensuring that the interiors, including furnishings and other decorations are all eco-friendly.
Living Eco-friendly from furnishing fabrics for the drawing room to the colours of upholstery as well as of the paint on the walls – everything available in this category now has an alternative which ‘suits’ the environment and in a way even helps preserve it, in whatever little possible way. Throw Out The Carpets Next on the list of eco-friendly living is the carpets – usually found in many households. But, carpets are the last thing that anybody should keep in one’s home as they are the most non eco-friendly accessory of a house. It is difficult to keep them free of dust mites with the result that they even result in disturbing the hygiene of the house.
While during summers the floors should be kept clean and uncovered, during winter time ‘daris’; which do not take up too much space, should be used but on condition that they are regularly put to sun and dusted to free of any impurities that it might have acquired. Have Windowswith An Eco-friendly 'View'. For windows, Instead of heavy curtains choose traditional chiks or malmals as they are easy to remove and wash regularly. Curtains also tend to become a safe haven for mosquitoes and flies.
Another point to be kept in mind is never to use mesh wires made of steel on the windows as they have a tendency to rust and are thus, harmful for the environment as well as the health of the occupants at home.
Make space for sweet sunshine.... A house should also be built in such a way that it utilises God’s best and most natural healer, sunlight, to the maximum. If direct sunlight is not coming into the house, the house tends to dampen and become smelly and claustrophobic, thereby, leading to a number of diseases.
Let the colours breathe as far as the paint for the walls and furniture is concerned, it should not be the usual lead paint as lead accumulates in the body and affects the brain, kidneys and mind. One most important point of consideration here also pertains to the colours we use for the walls and furniture. The colours should not be chemical dyes but should be made out of vegetable dyes as the former have a lot of asodyes which harm the environment and in turn affect our skin as well.
Put the soul in the furniture. The most conspicuous part of decoration in a household is its furniture which is usually made out of wood. Go in for furniture made out of wood substitutes like particle boards or of wood made out of leftovers of sugarcane or cork. This will ensure that no trees are cut for our interior decoration.
Traditional Indian chairs which have space underneath are a must instead of the low-lying sofas and other such furniture, for being easy to clean from “down under” as they again may become a storehouse of infection.
Similarly, jute mattresses are the best for beds as the softer variety in the long run usually give problems like backache and spondilysis.
Being eco-friendly also means being economical. We need not necessarily go in for expensive and designer furniture and furnishings to prove a point. For instance daris and pashmina shawls can also be used as upholstery and other such ‘discarded’ items as decor or furnishings for our home interiors.