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Bring a rustic feel to your home.

Nature lovers not only have a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of the outdoors, but chances are they also wish to be surrounded by that beauty even when they are indoors. It makes sense, as well, that people who have this relationship with the natural world would also be concerned with the environmental impact they have on the planet. Lucky for them, there are many options for recreating the look of nature in the home. This can be something as simple as a dresser redesign in the bedroom or installing new wood grain cabinets in the kitchen. It is easier than ever to purchase furniture that utilizes natural materials that are locally sourced and which do not contain many of the harsh chemicals typically found in the wood finishes of factory made furniture.

You can easily recreate a natural and rustic look for any room of your home by incorporating a few ideas inspired by nature. Why not start in the kitchen? The kitchen is the one room of the house where many people spend most of their time. If you are thinking about a redesign with a natural look in mind, consider wood grain cabinets, tables, and chairs. When choosing a type of wood for your project, there are few things to keep in mind. Wood is classified as either soft or hard. Soft woods come from evergreen trees. Cedar, pine, and spruce are soft woods that have a beautiful color and will add a natural look to any kitchen. Hardwoods are cherry, oak, and maple. Hardwoods have their own natural beauty and style. Whether you chose hard or soft wood, there are many variations found in the color and grains of both types. The grain of the wood can also play an important role in the overall look of your cabinets or custom wall units. Pick a style that appeals to you.

Let’s move on to the living area. Here again you have similar choices in furniture and shelving. You can chose to have custom wall units to fit a certain corner of your room and have them constructed with wood grown in the area where you live. The nature theme of your home can be as detailed as you like and may include as many natural materials as you wish. If you are on a budget, you have options for repurposing old materials and fashioning them into new, natural looking pieces for any room of the house.

In the bedroom, you may choose to have a custom dresser redesign or have a sitting chair constructed using locally sourced wool or recycled and repurposed wood. There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint and the best place to start is in your home. Purchasing handcrafted furniture is a great way to make sure that you achieve a natural look that will have a low environmental impact. These types of home furnishings will likely not contain Teflon or harsh fire retardant chemicals. Repurpose & reuse, and stay green in the process.