Green remodeling has proven this year to be more popular than ever. Luckily for both the environment and your home, it’s more doable than ever, too. The displays at this year’s Denver Home Show showcased 10 green remodeling ideas for 3 different areas of your home—all while staying firmly on-trend for 2015.
Green Remodeling Ideas for: Cabinetry
Update your cabinetry the ecofriendly way by opting for pieces made from fast-growing woods or recycled materials.
Bamboo was the Home Show’s greenest choice for wooden cabinetry. Because of its extremely quick growth, bamboo is more sustainable than traditional wood choices and—bonus for your wallet—generally much more affordable.
Wheat board cabinetry, made from the recycled stalks of wheat or other grains, was also on display at this year’s Home Show. Recycling these stalks not only benefits farmers by increasing the yield of their crop, but reduces pollution by eliminating the need to burn or otherwise dispose of this material.
Salvaged wood cabinetry can be a show-stopping conversation piece. While it can be more expensive than the other options, if you’re planning to splurge on your remodel, this is the greenest way to do it!
Keep It On-Trend
While colorful kitchens weren’t totally absent from the Denver Home Show, the most popular trend was a classic white kitchen with small pops of color in the form of cabinet knobs/handles and sparingly-used decorative elements. Following this trend will extend the “life” of your new (or used!) cabinetry by staying away from colors-of-the-moment whose moment may soon be over. By restricting colors to the easily changeable elements, you can add personality to the room in just the right dose and keep up with trends as they come and go.
Green Remodeling Ideas for: Flooring
Green flooring options are plentiful today and were out in force at the Denver Home Show.
Cork is a sustainable flooring option that is both durable and hypoallergenic. As an added bonus, cork is an excellent insulator, meaning that a cork floor will also help you save on heating and cooling costs.
Marmoleum is a linoleum alternative made from natural materials. The fact that installing it doesn’t require adhesives, which are often toxic to the environment, makes it extra-ecofriendly.
Concrete flooring is an increasingly popular option for its durability and insulating properties. And since recycled concrete has come into its own as a reliable building material, it is now generally less expensive than wood flooring. Recycled concrete is also an excellent option for allergy or asthma sufferers, since it can’t harbor dust or other allergens.
Keep It On-Trend
Opt for a patterned or polished concrete floor, if going that route, to keep your home from feeling like a warehouse. For other flooring types, simple, large-tile patterns dominated this year’s Home Show. Simple patterns composed of large pieces have a sleek, modern feel and help add a sense of space to a room.
Green Remodeling Ideas for: Countertops and Backsplashes
Countertops and backsplashes may be the area where we saw the most new green innovations this year.
Vetrazzo countertops were common at the Denver Home Show this year. Made from recycled glass, Vetrazzo mimics the look of terrazzo tile. While glass recycling is hardly new, it remains one of the least-often recycled materials. By choosing a Vetrazzo or other recycled glass counter top, you’d be doing your part to show businesses that there’s a demand for these products.
Paperstone countertops are a newer addition to the green remodeling game. While it looks like soapstone, this material is made from 100% recycled newspaper. A “paper” counter top might sound like a recipe for cracks, but paperstone is every bit as durable as traditional materials.
Recycled Glass & Salvaged Stone
Recycled glass can be used to update your backsplash, but since stone backsplashes were all over this year’s Home Show, opt for salvaged stone to incorporate this hot trend in the greenest way.
Keep It On-Trend
If the Denver Home Show is any indication, texture, rather than color, is 2015’s go-to for adding visual interest to a room. Whether you choose recycled glass, salvaged stone, or some other green material for your backsplash, opt for a rougher, more naturalistic texture, instead of the traditional flat-tile look. Combine this textured backsplash with spot lighting (using ecofriendly bulbs, of course!) to add even more depth and interest to the piece.
The Denver Home Show isn’t just the place to be for the newest and best in home and garden design. It can also be your source for inspiration on updating your home in an ecofriendly way. As you prep for your own green remodeling project, we encourage you to recycle your old stuff wherever possible—or upcycle it into something new! Debris you can’t recycle? We can help you find the most affordable dumpster rental in Denver.