Stylish Yet Green Home Decorating Tips

You don’t have to sacrifice great style to get a great, green look in your home. You can use these five simple design tips from the 2009 HGTV Green Home in Port St. Lucie, Fla. to make your living environment more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

1. Welcome Home. Create a welcoming entrance to your home by setting your foyer apart from the rest of the house with a shot of color. Use a fabric, tile, texture or decorative motif as inspiration, and use low-VOC paints and painter’s tape to recreate the design on the wall. You’ll get a lot of pow for very little money.

2. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Unique pieces make a room richer and a lot more interesting. Decorating green is about using antiques, repurposed items and salvage materials.

3. Create a mood in your master bedroom. Capture all that’s good about a place or location through your choice of color and décor, but keep it clean and natural with organic and recycled materials.

4. Saturate with color. Using one color throughout a room creates a calm, cozy retreat. It’s easy to recreate this look with low-VOC paint and environmentally friendly carpet — a perfect example of how green living also means big style.

5. Use durable materials in high traffic areas. Your front and back entrances are subjected to a lot of wear. Using beautiful ceramic tile in both locations is a great way to set them apart from the living areas, yet tile is environmentally friendly and easy to maintain.

M. Germaine Parra
Realtor, Feng Shui Consultant
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Long and Foster Realtors
6862 Elm Street Office, McLean, VA  22101
Office:703-873-3500
Fax:   703-873-1901
Cell:  703.650.8838
www.germaineparra.com

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