Abode Embraces Natural Beauty

Good morning and welcome to Abode. As this Sunday the 22nd of April marks Earth Day this year, at First 4 Blinds we thought we would use our knowledge as interior advisors to share some inventive and easy ways to make your home more sustainable. Earth Day is the perfect time to reflect and embrace the power we all have as consumers in terms of affecting the planet. If everyone makes a few small adjustments to their homes, as a collective, we can impact the world around us, for Earth Day and hopefully long into the future! To support our article today, we have sourced a few images from Pinterest to help illustrate our tips on making your home more eco-friendly in three simple steps.

Step 1: Choose Cotton for Bedding and Textiles


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When it comes to bedding, it’s important to prioritise comfort as we spend so much sustained time in bed. Cotton sheets and blankets not only provide excellent comfort and softness but are also better for your health. As cotton is a natural compound, if it is ethically harvested it won’t be treated with any harsh chemicals. Making cotton hypoallergenic, sustainable and beneficial to your health. Organic cotton is considered to be the best as it is handpicked and washed in natural soaps before being woven into sheets. However, organic cotton can be expensive, so a good alternative is anything marked 100% cotton as this will not contain harmful chemicals and is not synthetic. And with the weather hopefully warming up soon, cotton can help to keep you cooler at night, promoting better sleep.

Step 2: Be Strategic in Window Dressing


At First 4 Blinds, we love to make windows of all shapes and sizes look their best. One of our favourite parts of the interior design process is finding the perfect product that benefits the client and has a positive environmental impact in the process. Wooden blinds are a practical and stylish choice as they work as natural insulators. Wood can reduce heat loss by up to 50% making it a cost-effective and energy efficient addition to your home. Our wooden blinds at First 4 Blinds include the Timberlux range, a brand that uses high-quality Basswood for a luxurious finish from a sustainable source. To see some examples in person, why not come and visit our showroom at our Northampton store?

Step 3: Use Sensible Scents


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Our final step towards being more environmentally friendly is with sensible scents within your home. We love the ambience and warmth of candles especially ones with floral scents. But conventional scented candles can be harmful to your health due to artificial scents and chemicals. As part of embracing natural beauty, Abode suggests using candles made from natural compounds such as beeswax or soy. There are numerous benefits to using soy candles including; a longer burn time, no dangerous toxins and they even hold their fragrance for longer than conventional candles. You could also try using an essential oils reed diffuser in your home as an alternative to air fresheners for a natural and long-term source of fragrance.

We hope you have found our article this week interesting, if you would like any advice on decorating your home or on any of our products, please feel free to get in touch here; https://www.first4blinds.com/contact-us/

See you Soon!

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