Following up on my Living Room Layout Guide I wanted to show you a practical way to create a beautiful sustainable living room.
There are 3 things I always hear when it comes to sourcing an eco-friendly home:
1. It’s hard to find great looking items that are “sustainable”
Shopping sustainably isn’t as hard as it seems.
Believe it or not, there are retailers large & small, well-known & hidden gems that are dedicated to environmental & social responsibility. I’ll bet that some of the retailers you already buy from have some sort of policy in place or specific product lines that are eco-friendly to some degree.
2. Eco-friendly furniture & home decor is more expensive or won’t fit in my budget
Sometimes. But beyond thrifting, buying eco-friendly doesn’t have to be any more expensive than traditional furniture & decor. A few ways to save are to
- Watch for sales
- Sign up for newsletters from favorite retailers who have eco-friendly product lines
- Use your resources – if you have a decorator friend, ask her or him. If you don’t, ask me. I’ll be your friend. (Smile.)
3. I don’t want a living room full of reclaimed wood & burlap
Me either. I mean a bit of wood here & there is good for Feng Shui, but I get it. A room full of reclaimed wood, live edge wood, or any other wood is a bit much for most people, even for the farmhouse lovers. And let’s not get started with burlap – it has its place & following, but not all over my living room.
The good news is there are so many materials (glass, metals, concrete, natural stone) & fabrics (bamboo, cotton, hemp, linen, wool (unless you’re vegan)) that are sustainable and responsibly sourced.
Still on the fence? Watch this… then check out the sources below.
How to Create a Beautiful Sustainable Living Room
Shop the look:
West Elm Smythe Occasional Chair | West Elm Cast Tripod Side Table
West Elm Silhouette Table Lamp | West Elm Petite Arc Lamp
Williams-Sonoma Home Kate Slipper Chair
Modern Nature Design Surface Rug
VivaTerra Nesting Tables | Shop VivaTerra’s Full Collection of Furniture.
Here’s another example of a more casual sustainable living room.
Same room, different floors & furnishings, different needs & uses. Mutli-funtional.
Shop the look:
Reflektion Design Pillows | C&B Trevino Throw Pillow | C&B Multi-Dot Throw
Horchow “Frost on Sapphire” | Uttermost ‘Jeremiah’ Round Wooden Wall Mirror
West Elm Duo Side Table | Pottery Barn Bartlett Coffee Table
Ikea Kullaberg Desk | C&B HarveyChair | C&B Sylvester Lamp
World Market Multicolor Wool and Recycled Silk Pouf | World Market Emerson Rug
VivaTerra Handcarved Twisty Stool | Shop VivaTerra’s Full Collection of Furniture.
There’s no shortage of eco-friendly home decor & furniture options. The key is knowing where to look, how to save, & who to ask.
I loved the painting in the first design.
Isn’t it fabulous Jamala?! Love great art!
that blue couch! yesssss. I really enjoyed this post and your design concepts!
Hi Alyssa! It is EVERYthing huh?! Secretly I want that whole room… for SOMEbody! 😉
Thanks for stopping by, Alyssa – glad to have you & thanks for the support!