Fifteen sustainable design ideas for your home:discover eco-friendly paints and tiles, soft furnishings and rugs - and even furniture made from recycled vehicles

We are a nation of interiors-obsessed home-lovers, spending nearly £6 billion a year on DIY.

Home improvement spending increased by 13 per cent last year to reach its highest level since 2008, says a report by Lloyds Bank.

As well as having a big impact on our pockets, DIY is not exactly great for the environment, inclduing its use of toxic chemicals or wood from irreplaceable forests.

Fortunately, modern technology means that there’s now a host of products to choose from that are both aesthetically pleasing and sustainable.

These include paints from Benjamin Moore and Earthborn that are better for your health, the planet and your walls because they are 'breathable' and help to prevent damp.

Plus, there's the option of using real porcelain tiles or recycled - and recyclable - vinyl for your floors, as well as a selection of wool carpets and recycled floor mats to dress them.

Nowadays, we’re also asking more from our furniture than ever, often requiring it not only to be environmentally-friendly but space efficient and, of course, good-looking. From quirky sofas made of recycled cars, to sleek, stylish tables and desks made from sustainable wood, there’s plenty of choice to satisfy our needs.

So, whether you're looking to add a new colour to your walls or completely change the look of a room, here’s some design inspiration that won't cost the earth...


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