Global Decorating: Eco-Friendly Design Tips

You don’t have to be a world traveler to appreciate design accents from around the globe. Want to spice up your home’s decor with an international flair? Learn how to create an eclectic global decorating style.

How you decorate your home is an individual choice, and many choose a global decor. Collections from travels to foreign lands tell unique stories. If you love infusing eclectic furnishings, colorful fabrics and inventive decor influenced by other cultures, here are some tips on how to make your home reflect your global style:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Flea markets, tag sales, thrift shops, and even dumpsters are wonderful resources. Scavenging through these outlets you’ll find one-of-a-kind toss-offs that you can infuse into your home at a greatly reduced (or free) cost. When you employ the tenets of green by reducing, reusing and recycling, you use the eco-friendly, and least costly route that leads to less consumption in your life and contribute to the health of the planet.

A World of Good
There are times when you may be inclined to purchase a few interesting and unusual items. I like checking websites like eBay’s World of Good, for inspired global interior decor items. World of Good is the world’s online marketplace that brings thousands of people positive and eco positive sellers and products together. It is empowering to shop in ways that align with personal values. As the positive impact of every product is labeled as being eco-friendly for energy conservation, or people positive for economic empowerment and quality of life of the worker, or it supports animal welfare and species preservation. Often the proceeds from your purchase give back to a cause. The fair trade offerings at World of Good are made by artisans from around the world, and many of the items help people earn living wages that empower them to build thriving communities.

Next: 3 Design Tips For Creating a Global Decor (with pictures and eco-friendly stories)

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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