Now-a-days, people are significantly aware of the "3 R's" - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Why shouldn't home decor/design adopt this trend? It could even have its own "3 Rís" - Recycle, Re-purpose, and Reclaim. Thankfully, people all over are ﬁnding ways to use "reclaimed elements" when decorating/designing their homes.
Salvaged/reclaimed wood furniture is sturdy and built to be passed down for generations (eliminating waste and cheap "disposable" furniture in landfills). Using reclaimed wood in the building/design process of your home creates beautiful re-purposed applications - like for a counter-top, flooring, exposed beams or staircase. Reclaimed wood lends history, character and warmth to any room. The best part is you have a unique - bespoke actually - rustic item in your home. Not only is this a environmentally friendly option, the wood is salvaged from places like century old deconstructed buildings and barns so its also Sustainable! There are even dining room tables made of reclaimed wood from old railway ties. All works are one of a kind, original so the designs are personal and not made for the masses. The possibilities for recycled and reclaimed wood in your home are endless!
You may be surprised at the ways you can re-purpose reclaimed lumber: doors, stair railings, room dividers - These are only a few ideas for the construction of your home. If you don't want to do such a "permanent installation" you can always opt for reclaimed furniture ideas. Furniture using reclaimed wood (or salvaged wood) is more affordable, and there are plenty of "do-it-yourself" ideas online that would be fun and family friendly.
If you like the idea of lowering your "environmental footprint" and want to incorporate some ideas into the design of your home, click the 'Decoholic' website below to see 44 of our favorites from around the web.