Decorating with Eco-friendly Fabrics

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If you want to create a designer look in your home using eco-friendly materials, one way to accomplish this is to use organic cotton and hemp fabrics.  They are grown without the use of harmful pesticides, chemical fertilizers and herbicides, which make them healthier for the soil, air, water, farm workers and you!  The low-impact dyeing and finishing processes of these materials is environmentally-sensitive as well. 

You’ll find an assortment of colors, as well as natural hues and whites that complement any decor.  I’ve found design inspiration from this year’s HGTV dream home in Sonoma, California (pictured here).  Many of the rooms are painted with rich, saturated colors and the draperies are done in contrasting, crisp whites.

You can easily find organic cotton and hemp fabrics by the yard from a host of online retailers.

After purchasing enough fabric (1.5 – 2.5 times the length of your drapery rod), you can make the drapes using an easy, no-sew approach.  Simply fold over the rough edge of fabric along the entire side and place fusible web tape inside the fold. Next, iron along the edge for a perfect bond.  Then, attach drapery clips (like the one shown here) to the top of the drape and hang on your favorite recycled drapery rod.

Tag(s): Green Furnishings, Greening the Home


One Response to “Decorating with Eco-friendly Fabrics”

  1. Anne Walk on March 21st, 2009 2:55 am

    Some excellent suggestions! I love those drapery clips. they are so handy, especially for people who don’t sew. If you use sheets, you don’t even have to use the tape!

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