My Green Valentine: Sustainable Ways to Build Intimacy at Home
When your surroundings start to break out in shades of red and pink, and when the radio stations play nothing but love songs from every era, then you know it’s Valentine’s Day once again. Every February 14, love is in the air more than usual, as the world comes together to celebrate all things romance.
In the spirit of Valentine’s, it’s important to spread the love around, and there’s no reason to celebrate without showing a little love to the earth as well. It’s even better to make sure the love is felt on all sides too: to ourselves, to our special someones, and to the place we live in. This is especially true, because we are at our most comfortable at home. Here are some of the sustainable ways you can adapt at home to make sure your Valentine’s is spent meaningfully and well.
What does it mean to live a sustainable lifestyle at home and how does it help you in the long run? Here’s how adapting a sustainable way of life can be applied to your home’s interior.
Send in the Flowers
A quick sustainable way to set the intimate mood at home would be to start using flowers and other indoor plants as decor. Not only will you be impressing your special someone with the different kinds of flowers you can use to express yourself, you’ll also be bringing a touch of nature indoors with you. What’s even better about this is that you can still use these decorations even after the love holiday has passed.
Having some indoor plants inside the house can also improve the interior air quality, as these can act as natural filters for pollution. Consider the idea of growing your own flowers in the comfort of your own garden. This way, you could spend your money more productively for the garden’s upkeep, instead of buying new plants to replace the old ones. While using flowers is a tried and proven method of celebrating Valentine’s, it can be just as effective to fall back on tradition instead of trying something totally new.
Turn Down the Lights
Not only will you set the mood for Valentine’s with eco-friendly lights, you’ll also be able to ensure your home remains sustainable, even after the holiday is over. By turning the lights down low or using alternatives like LED lights, you’ll be able to show your love for both your special someone and the environment in a big way. At the same time, you’ll be paying less for your electricity in the years to come. You can also consider the angles of your lights indoors, as angling them the right way will create the right atmosphere for your Valentine’s evening.
You can also opt to start letting the light in when daylight hits, by relying on your curtains or blinds to do the trick. Letting the sunlight in makes for a more cheerful, upbeat mood – perfect for a relaxing and familiar morning after your Valentine’s experience.
Get Busy on the Floor
When setting the intimate mood for Valentine’s, you can always start from the bottom before going for the top. Start setting the romantic mood on the floor with a carpet or floor rug that will complement your room and the feel you want to establish for the evening. Once you’ve laid down your carpet, you can start re-arranging your room in any style or color you wish. You can even consider the carpet your pièce de résistance, or your space’s most defining feature.
The sustainable kicker to this is that the carpet or floor rug serves as good insulation for indoor heat. Investing in energy-efficient pieces like this will save you lots of money when it comes to energy spendings. Not only will you be able to impress your date with your floor, you’ll lighten the planet’s pollution load a little too.
Check out some more tips for a sustainable home here.
Get Friendly with Ecology
Once you’ve nailed the floor with the carpet, you can move on to the other pieces of furniture you’ll want to use for your romantic Valentine’s evening. Give your furniture fix-ups the sustainable touch they need by investing in fabric and other eco-friendly materials. Consider purchasing furniture made out of natural and organic materials as well. For example, having furniture made of wood or bamboo can help foster a soothing feeling for the night. Having an all-stone line-up of furniture could bring about a sense of power or coolness for both parties.
For a sustainable, yet romantic, interior, you’ll want to invest in furniture made of materials that will last a long time. Once the evening is over, you’ll still be able to use these items again. Using materials with low environmental impact helps preserve nature and discourages waste. And like mentioned earlier, investing in energy-efficient items is also a welcome consideration to make as you plan your Valentine’s evening.
Maybe It’s Time for a Change
There are ways to make a big space seem more intimate that won’t require you to spend big to achieve the desired effect. All it takes is a little creativity and lay-out know-how. Consider strategic lay-outs of the room, where you’re able to create spaces within a room to give it the illusion of size. Not only does this look more pleasing to the eye and more lived-in, it also helps with temperature circulation, where the air is allowed to flow more freely indoors. Avoid sticking your furniture so closely to the walls, so that the room doesn’t look cramped.
A clean-up job should also be on the list for anyone looking to re-decorate their homes in time for Valentine’s. Not only will cleaning the intended rooms allow you to re-create them according to your own style and flavor, it will also make your house more sustainable for future Valentine’s celebrations to come. You’ll want to maximize your furniture and other home items to make sure they complement each other. This way, you’ll be able to create more patterns and textures that will make any room look more alive and intimate. As always, don’t forget to invest in items eco-friendly made of eco-friendly materials, like organic rugs, tapestries, and curtains.
Are you ready for this year’s Valentine’s celebrations? Whether you’ll be spending the holiday with a loved one or not, you’ll be sure to set the intimate mood with these eco-friendly tips for the home. Adapting a more sustainable lifestyle with these ideas also ensures a romantic feel for your home this Valentine’s and for other Valentine’s celebrations in the future.
Love is in the air this February, and there’s no better time to make your home sustainable in time for the holiday than now. Get your work done with us at Tokyo Grand Renovation (TGR), a design and build specialist when it comes to crafting luxury and functionality in one. Inspired by Japanese philosophy and style, TGR’s headquarters is at 9110 La Campana St. cor. Trabajo St., Brgy. Olympia, Makati City, 1207.
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