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Live closer to Nature!

Usher in nature and make your eco-friendly pad an example for others to follow.

entertainment Updated: Mar 26, 2011 00:31 IST
Priyanka Monga

The trick to create an eco-friendly interior is to infuse your abode with accessories, furniture and furnishings, which are non-toxic, made from recycled or natural materials. “These products are as high on style, as on responsibility,” says Beenu Bawa of Good Earth.

Befitting benefits
Apart from being beautiful, eco-friendly furniture and furnishings are durable, need low maintenance and are pocket-friendly. By opting for nature-friendly products, you also contribute towards making the planet safe. Sameer Hora of IDUS explains, “Water-based or bio-based products that eliminate the use of volatile organic compounds (VOC) are used to make eco-friendly furniture, so it’s not harmful to the environment.”

Simple steps to follow
Let natural sunlight be the source of light during the day. Opt for sheer natural fibre curtains, or bamboo and cane blinds to let the light filter through the windows. For artificial lightings, go for LED lights and Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Use wall paints that are water-based and lead-free. Do not waste paper and try using recycled paper products at home. “Inculcate habits of saving resources, energy and explore non toxic options like natural fibres and furniture made with recycled wood in natural stains and finishes,” says Neha Arora of Fab India.

Get the Eco-friendly look right

Colour code: For an eco-friendly home décor, stick to a natural colour scheme and keep in mind the materials to choose from.

Brighten up: Earthy and neutral shades are great options to use for the wall, curtains or the upholstery. Brighten up the backdrop with accessories like durries, vases, cushion covers and lamps in natural hues such as orange, green, red,sea or sky blue. You can also try mettalic shades.

Go natural: Make sure that accessories and furnishings are made of natural materials like wicker or rattan, jute, clay or mud, banana leaf, rice grass, cane, bamboo, terracota, stone etc. Watch for rustic details such as pits, knots and natural graining to perfect the look.