There are lots of things you can do to your home to make it more energy efficient — buy new appliances, blow insulation into your rafters, seal leaks and cracks throughout your home, and more. However, you might not know that the way you decorate also plays a role in the energy efficiency of your home. Check out these four interior design tips that will make your home more green.
Position Furniture so it doesn’t Block Air Vents
One of the easiest things you can do when decorating for better energy efficiency is to rearrange your furniture for good air flow. This means you should never place furniture over air vents or block the flow of air. This can be tricky since most air vents are located in the center of rooms. Your furnace won’t have to work as hard to heat your home if the flow of air is unobstructed.
One way to get around the interior design challenge of air vents is to use two side chairs with the air vent in between instead of placing a large sofa in front of the vent. When choosing furniture for your home, also think about areas that get drafty and choose high-back furniture with skirts to prevent drafts when needed. Think about your space and the air flow needs before buying new furniture.
Use Area Rugs & Throws for Room Warmth
Hardwood and tile floors are a greener option than carpet because they last longer and are easier to clean. However, carpet is better at retaining heat and makes a home feel more warm. Therefore, get the best of both worlds by decorating your hardwood floors with area rugs. Area rugs and throws help absorb heat and keep it in a room.
Also keep in mind that dark colors absorb heat and light, while light colors reflect them. That’s why it makes more sense to use dark rugs and throws to decorate in the winter when you want to retain heat in a room, and light colors in the summer when you’re trying to keep it cool.
Install Thick Curtains to Block Drafts & Heat
Curtains can absorb or reflect heat like area rugs and throws. Therefore, if you want a room to feel warmer, choose thick drapes. They act as a layer of insulation between your windows and your room and absorb heat. You can buy curtains with built-in thermal backing, too. However, if you want your room to stay cool, go with light, translucent curtains.
Choose Lights that Use Less Electricity
Some people stay away from energy-efficient bulbs, like LED lights, because of the perceived harsher light. However energy-efficient bulbs have come a long way. You can get energy-efficient bulbs in a variety of shades from soft white to a warm incandescent glow. This helps you create any look in your home while still being energy efficient.
These are just a few energy efficient interior design tips. Don’t forget to also pay attention to what’s inside your walls and the quality of your windows. Do you have any other energy efficient interior design ideas? Share them in the comments below.