From paint, lighting, and accessories to fabrics, furniture and wall coverings, becoming eco-friendly has become an extremely high priority for many home goods manufacturers. Let’s take a look at a few of the latest naturally beautiful options for your home.

Furniture

Natural materials such as rattan and plentiful plantation grown woods (rather than more scarce forest grown woods) give homeowners a wide variety of styles, textures and designs to choose from. If purchasing eco-friendly furniture for your home is a priority, you might check to see if your furniture manufacturer is a member of the Sustainable Furniture Council (SFC).

Textiles

Gorgeous decorative fabrics are being made from all kinds of natural fibres, including wool, cotton, linen, bamboo, and even recycled paper! Often, these fabrics are treated and finished with only water based or environmentally friendly dyes.

Some of the newest area rugs are also made from natural and recycled fibres, including leather, denim, jute, sisal, and hemp.

Wall Finishes

One of my favourite ways to incorporate natural texture and beauty into a space is grasscloth. This gorgeous wallcovering is available in a wide range of colours. Don’t want to commit to a whole wall? How about using it on the back of a bookcase for a small change with big impact.

Wood paneling is another trend that’s back in a big way – but we’re not talking about the rec room look of the 70s. Think reclaimed, distressed, and rustic and you’re on the right track. When it comes to installation, the sky’s the limit for creating interesting pattern.

Finally, let’s not forget the colour GREEN!! Although emerald green – Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2013 – wasn’t for everyone, there are countless other shades of green ranging from neutral khaki to vibrant citron. Incorporating green into your colour scheme will add a fresh, natural feel to any d├ęcor.

Interior decorator Susan Sykes specializes in delivering dream rooms for her clients, combining creative ideas and a keen sense of style with an extensive selection of beautiful custom furnishings, window treatments and accessories. Learn more at www.susansykes.decoratingden.com or contact Susan at 613-836-2877.