Sustainable DIY Apartment Decor Projects

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. This mantra can be applied to almost every aspect of your life—even your interior decorating. Here are some of our favorite do-it-yourself home décor projects to make your apartment a healthier, happier place to live.

Give furniture a facelift with a fresh coat of zero VOC paint.

A little imagination and a few coats of zero VOC paint is all it takes to transform a piece of furniture into something completely new. You might consider:

Whether you are painting a piece you already own or hunting for a fabulous flea-market find, the design possibilities are endless.

Transform cabinets and drawers with repurposed knobs and pulls.

Nickel, iron and other metals are abundant in our Earth’s crust, but the mining process scars the land and often contaminates the water. Instead of buying new metal hardware, consider up-cycling different objects into knobs and pulls and injecting some personality into your furnishings. You may even be able to reuse your existing screws to get the job done. A few fun ideas include:

Just because your décor is modern doesn’t mean you have to use shiny metal hardware. Mixing and matching materials is trending in the world of interior design, adding visual interest to any space.

Go green—inside and out—with an indoor herb garden.

There are many benefits of incorporating plants into your home decor. They clean the air, boost your body’s healing power, and improve your memory. Herbs naturally give off fresh scents. And of course, you get to eat what you grow, knowing your chives, thyme and anything else you plant is pesticide free. All you need to get started with this indoor herb garden project is a piece of reclaimed wood, a couple of empty candle bottles or mason jars and some dryer clamps.

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Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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