Home is where the heart is. It’s our sanctuary, our refuge from the outside world, and the place where we protect our family. Therefore, the design of our home should incorporate all of these things.
When designing your home, you want to create a place that reflects who you are, but also provides functional benefits to your family. One of these core benefits is your family’s health.Our homes should be nice to look at, as well as beneficial for our health, so we should think about issues such as air pollution when designing our family home.
Here are five home decorating ideas that can help you jazz up your home, while purifying the air and promoting your family’s health.
House Plants: Plants are natural purifiers that help to filter the toxins into the air. The best houseplants to clean indoor air while also decorating your home are Aloe Vera, English Ivy, Peace Lilies, Marginatas, and Chrysanthemums. You can decorate the pots with paint, ceramic tiles, or seashells to add a little flair to the plants.
Beeswax Candles: Most candles release petroleum into the air, so if you want to use candles for natural light opt for beeswax candles. These candles are clean and actually ionize the air to rid it of contaminants. These candles can also be decorated with twine to match your home, or you can even use an old wine bottle to hold the candle and give you a nice homemade decoration.
Hard Wood Floors: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside our homes can be two to five times more polluted than the air outside our homes. Carpets increase the pollution in our homes by trapping particles such as chemicals, dust mites, dirt, and bacteria which can remain in the environment and pollute your air. If you switch to hardwood floors you can improve the indoor air quality while adding a nice touch to your home.
Blinds: Curtains gather a lot of dust which can pollute the air in your home. Therefore, you should use blinds to cut down on the air pollution. If you want a modern look, try Roman blinds as they are a classic option that creates an essence of elegance in the home.
Create Your Own Potpourri: Plug-in air fresheners emit 20 different volatile organic compounds in the air, including seven that are seen as toxic and hazardous. Instead of filling your home with those artificial smells, create your own organic potpourri by combining one sliced lemon, one sprig of rosemary, two cinnamon sticks, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a cup of water. This will leave your house smelling fresh and your air free of pollutants.
Following these steps will help keep the air in your home healthy and fresh while also adding organic decorations to your room.