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April SMART Design Tips

Spring is a great time to plan you next design project. It’s also a great time to think “green”. Here are some SMART tips to help you be eco-friendly.

Stay Safe when using paints and wallpapers: Use zero- or low-VOC-emission paints (volatile organic compounds), wallpapers, stains, caulks, and adhesives. Select wallpaper made from recycled paper and printed with water-base ink. Or try adding pattern using stencils and low-VOC paints.

Make a donation: Instead of trashing existing built-in bookshelves and kitchen & bathroom cabinets, sending them straight to a landfill, consider donating them to a Habitat for Humanity Restore, which collects cast-off building materials and resells them at a discount to fund its building projects.

Accent with eco-friendly fabrics: Synthetic textiles are manufactured with non-green processes, opt for window treatment and upholstery fabrics woven from renewable resources or recycled fibers and colored with natural dyes-such as: organic cotton, wool, linen, bamboo, and hemp. Select area rugs woven from wool, jute, sisal, seagrass, and recycled plastics.

Replace flooring using eco-friendly materials: Bamboo is formed from the stalks of sustainable plants; the surface is easily maintained, reasonably priced, and highly durable. Sound-absorbent, moisture-resistant, and cushy, only the outer bark of the tree is used in floor production, which means trees are left standing for future harvests. Reclaimed wood is a popular selection for country-chic styling.

Turn trash into going-green treasure: Shop thrift stores, estate sales, and online auctions for eco-friendly home decor. Re-design using existing furnishings to re-fresh your décor and ease the strain on the energy sources needed to create and ship new furnishings.

For more SMART tips like these, grab my E-book, “150+ Smart Seasonal Decorating Tips”   http://smartredesign.com/150-smart-seasonal-decorating-tips