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Best for Remodeling and Redecorating

Update your home with fresh walls, fun flooring and stylish accents.
By Misty McNally
May/June 2010
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Illuminate a room—and your spirits—with a beautiful lamp or chandelier made from natural or repurposed materials. For optimal energy savings, use a compact fluorescent or LED bulb.

Paint pick-me-up

Painting is one of the least expensive, easiest ways to update. Look for brands with low emissions of volatile organic compounds—“low-VOC” or “zero-VOC”—to keep the odor and air quality as fresh as your home’s new look. Some paints now also have low-VOC colorants.

New floor, squared

Flooring squares or tiles are convenient alternatives to vinyl or conventional carpet. Plus, you can easily replace stained or damaged sections with a single new tile (buy a couple extra, just in case). Choose styles made from recycled rubber, cork, recycled plastic (including bottles and carpet scraps) or renewable linseed. Some types are biodegradable; others can be recycled by the manufacturer.

Sit on it

Don’t have the dough for a new living room set? Splurge on one very cool chair—an unusual shape or pop of bright color will make the room. Seek Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood or recycled metal, low-VOC finishes and natural-fiber cushions.

Pull this off

Replacing dated hardware—drawer pulls, cabinet knobs, coat hooks or switchplates—can instantly change a room’s look. Look for recycled content such as glass or aluminum; natural materials such as stones, wood or shells; or reworked castoffs such as tin boxes.

Resources

Lighting

Fire & Water
lamps made from recycled glass, wood, metal

Greenlight Concepts
lamps made from traffic signal lenses

Organelle Design
chandelier styled from repurposed coat hangers

Vana and Reta Howell 
lamps made from discarded plastic

Worldly Décor
silk cocoon lamps made by Thai artisans

Paint

AFM Safecoat
zero- and low-VOC paints, primers, stains and finishes

Benjamin Moore Natura
zero-VOC colorants

BioShield
zero-VOC paints, stains and finishes

Farrow and Ball
low-VOC paints

The Freshaire Choice
zero-VOC colorants

Mythic Paint
zero-VOC paints

The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company
low-VOC paint made from milk protein

Olympic
zero-VOC paints

Purdy Professional Painting Tools
EcoPro brushes and rollers

The Real Milk Paint Company
nontoxic milk-based paint

Sherwin-Williams
zero-VOC paints

Yolo Colorhouse
zero-VOC paints

Flooring

FLOR
carpet tiles made from recycled material

Forbo Flooring Systems
Marmoleum natural linoleum

Globus Cork 
cork flooring tiles in more than 35 colors

Jelinek Cork Group
cork flooring

Reztec Rubber Flooring
recycled tire rubber tiles

Furniture

2Modern
made in the United States of FSC-certified wood

Herman Miller 
made with recycled materials, no PVC

Uhuru 
made from steel and scrap wood

Varian Designs
made from sustainably harvested woods

Viesso 
made with sustainably harvested wood, natural or recycled upholstery, natural latex cushion and water-based glues

Hardware

Aurora Glass 
profits from recycled drawer pulls support low-income and homeless individuals

Eleek
knobs, pulls, window hardware, switchplates and more made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled aluminum

Rocky Mountain Hardware
90 percent recycled-content knobs, hinges, door hardware, latches and more

Sunburst Knobs 
knobs made from reclaimed waste mango wood by artisans in Rajasthan, India

Tin Can Sally 
switchplate covers cut from vintage tins


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