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Green Interior DesignIf you want to make your home more environmentally friendly this winter, you must use the proper paint and flooring material.

The Paint

Most paints on retail store shelves contain volatile organic compounds. The chemicals in the compounds can cause nerve damage or dizziness. The good news is that many stores also sell less-toxic paints and nontoxic paints. Toxic-free products are made from casein, which is a milk protein. AFM Safecoat paint is also recommended because it does not pollute the air. However, you will have to request additional pigments if you want a particular shade of a certain color.

The Flooring

Many seasoned interior designers do not use wall-to-wall carpeting because it traps toxins and harbors allergens. Synthetic carpets cause breathing problems too since they contain volatile organic compounds.

If you cannot afford to replace your carpet, simply spray a carpet sealer on the surfaces. To maintain clean air throughout the home, vacuum the carpets every week with commercial-grade cleaning equipment.

If money is not a problem, replace your current flooring with renewable bamboo, reclaimed wood, or harvested wood. If you prefer more carpeting, purchase a 100 percent wool carpet from a eco-friendly flooring company.

Area rugs that are made of organic cotton or hemp can provide warmth and softness in hallways. Choose each rug carefully because the patterns and colors must match the décor in the surrounding area.

Bonus Advice – Decorating with Accessories

The Associated Landscape Contractors of America reported that several plants that remove carbon monoxide and formaldehyde benzene from the environment. The best plants that compliment a modern decor are peace lilies, Chinese evergreens, gerbera daisies, and English ivies. If someone has allergies, do not place any of these plants in a bedroom because there are allergens in the potting soil. The plants should be arranged in low traffic areas or in empty corners.

If you use a basic potting container, the plants will not stand out in your home. Many professional designers paint old jars and use them as pots for plants.

A few colorful flowers in an elegant vase will make your tabletop more classy. If you don’t own a classy vase, put the flowers in a can that is wrapped in a luxurious fabric.

If you implement these procedures, everyone will breathe cleaner air in your home.

July 4, 2015 / KathyPate