If you've built a sustainable home, it's safe to say you will also want your home decor to reflect your eco-friendly principles. The good news is there are plenty of furniture and homeware options, both new and second hand, that will help bring your new home to life.
The fundamental design principles of sustainable décor are keeping quality furniture and accessories for the long-term and sourcing them ethically. This means moving away from mass-produced items, often found in large department stores, which have a short life cycle.
Here are six tips to help you make more sustainable choices when decorating your new, eco-friendly home.
Look to vintage or second-hand decorative items
No longer reserved for university students or retro beach shacks, many interior designers celebrate second-hand furniture for its quality, sustainability and uniqueness.
While Australian op shops and garage sales can be hit and miss, there are plenty of diamonds in the rough. Meanwhile, Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, eBay and Etsy are the online treasure troves for second-hand items.
To guide your search and avoid a dog's breakfast of furniture in your home, try sticking to one artistic movement (like art deco) or one era (like mid-century) per room when hunting down the perfect item. Of course, your options will be even more plentiful if you have plans to do some DIY and upcycle an old furniture piece by giving it a modern update.
When you need to find everyday items, like baskets and tubs for storage, charity shops will always be your affordable, sustainable living best friend.