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Global Decorating: Eco-Friendly Design Tips

3 Design Tips for Creating a Global Decor (with eco-friendly stories)

1. Color

I love a shock of color in even the most neutral of rooms. Adding a splash of color to a room livens up a space. A bright piece like the one above may help you start the day with a rainbow of energy. This Peruvian hand loomed tapestry is steeped in rich naturally dyed colors. The brownish tones are derived from the walnut tree, and the reddish and purplish hues are obtained from cochineal insects, which live on walnut trees and cacti.

2. Texture

Decorating is all in the details. That’s why texture and pattern offer a unique touch to an interior space. This handspun (created on a drop spindle), hand-stitched wool cushion cover item from Bolivia is made by a non-profit that is dedicated to preserving indigenous art and providing employment.

3. Light

Natural light brings out the color and texture of an interior space. If you need to bring in artificial light, design the lighting scheme to illuminate with a glow that will showsoff the decor. This beaded light made by Vietnamese artisans radiates a soft amber glow.

Want to bring a soothing calm tone to your interior spaces? The main image is so pleasing because it displays an array of global influences without feeling busy or fussy. There’s an ample amount of color, texture and light. Doesn’t the image make you want to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea?

Does the style of your home have a global feel? How do you infuse a global style into your home?

Main Image: Elle Decor
Additional Images: World of Good

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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6:51AM PST on Nov 22, 2010

I love the look of the living room!

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12:48AM PDT on Nov 4, 2010

Thanks for the posting. I do like World of Good and I'm going to check out your own site now too!

5:34AM PDT on Nov 3, 2010

Laura, I read every comment and thanks for pointing out the typo.

5:08AM PDT on Nov 3, 2010

Interesting indeed! Op shop has always got some awesome stuff! Also, I just discovered this awesome little bidding site in Australia, can finally get a couch... bidding on a $20 one! :-) Got some stains, but beats sitting on the floor! And that way, a perfectly good couch doesnt end up on a rubbish tip somewhere!

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