7 Eco-Friendly Ways To Rejuvenate Your Home

These tips will give your home a new lease of life!

It’s almost spring and this is the time of year many people try to give their home a fresh look along with the spring cleaning. Last month I set this task as one of my big goals for 2018. I’ve been getting tired of the way my home looks for quite a while, and it’s crying out for an update!

Used Kitchen Exchange is a family-run business which gives kitchens which would be sent to landfill a new lease of life. They also sell ex-display kitchens fresh from the showroom. The kitchens listed on their website have been surveyed for their quality and you can arrange a viewing before you purchase. You can even sell your
current kitchen through them, and they will handle every aspect of the sales process on your behalf. The company has already saved the equivalent space of several football pitches in kitchens from going to landfill, so if you’re looking for a new kitchen that won’t damage your environmental conscience, check out the Used Kitchen Exchange website.

a beautiful used kitchen that was available to buy on used kitchen exchange

Image: Used Kitchen Exchange

7 eco-friendly ways to renovate your home.

Giving your home a refresh is a great way to recharge your batteries after the winter, but it is all too easy to trash the planet in the process. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to keep the planet in mind while getting the home of your dreams!

Buy a used kitchen or bathroom suite.

A new kitchen or bathroom can do a lot to bring new energy to a home, but buying one brand new isn’t the only way to get one. Try using Used Kitchen Exchange to buy a new kitchen – you can sell your old one on there too!

a fresh and airy looking kitchen with blue accents and tile

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Use eco-friendly paints to decorate.

Using low-VOC paints a great way to give your living space a new lease of life without releasing toxic chemicals into your living space. If you can find one, using a community paint co-op or similar will help stop paint from going to landfill.

paint pots in various colours

Photo by russn_fckr on Unsplash

Buy second hand materials and white goods.

If you’re upgrading your white goods, check out facebook groups, eBay or Gumtree for second hand options. Try and get the highest energy rating you can from any appliance, and don’t forget to sell or give away your old things rather than send them to landfill. (Aside: it would be really cool if big retailers had preowned sections in the same way tech and gaming retailers do. Let it be so!)

Sell unwanted household items.

Decluttering is one of the easiest ways to give your home a fresh look. Your unwanted items can be sold on Facebook groups, eBay or Gumtree as well as being donated to your local charity shop of choice. Once you’ve decluttered the whole home, you’ll have a better idea of the space you have to work with.

Reface before you replace.

If you’re getting tired of your furniture, don’t buy new – give your pieces a refresh! You can paint, recover or even decoupage. Check Pinterest for the latest upcycling inspiration. Check out this recent post for tips on getting started with upcycling.

bundles of herbs, cut lemons and bowls of sugar and herbs on a beautiful white table made out of reclaimed wood

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Use reclaimed wood.

You can use reclaimed wood in all sorts of projects – flooring, side tables, shelves and more. We made our compost heap out of my daughter’s bed! Pallet projects are all over the internet right now. If you’re based in South Wales too, Reseiclo in Newport let you take away broken pallets for free (if you take them apart yourself). They also sell all sorts of reclaimed wood. It’s worth checking with your council for similar schemes in your area.

Utilise natural light.

Make the most of natural light by using a light colour scheme and mirrors to help reflect the light around the room. If you don’t have much natural light, make sure you use LED lamps and bulbs for maximum efficiency.

Your Springtime interior refresh doesn’t have to cost the Earth and these tips are sure to help you on your way. Whether you’re doing a whole house or just a couple of rooms, I wish you the best of luck!

Are you giving your home an update this Spring? Let me know in the comments!

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