Your home, your temple: How to create a healthy living environment
A pleasant wall colour can contribute to a sense of wellbeing at home. However, when it comes to a healthy living environment, more important than any decoration style is what your walls emit into the ambient air of your house. Checking the fine print of your wall decoration for toxins can be quite revealing.
Healthy walls: It comes down to the mixWhen choosing your wall paint, not only the pigments, but also the additives used, such as binding agents and solvents should be considered. Many conventional paints contain chemical solvents, whose volatile organic compounds (VOC) can emit harmful substances. An increasingly common alternative are water-based products – these however may contain additives and preservatives such as volatile oils (terpenes) for the improvement of quality and durability. These can irritate the mucous membranes and trigger allergic reactions.
More nature – Greater living comfortPaints that are designated 'natural paints' have no or only very few synthetic traces, because their contents are of mineral or plant origin. Pioneer in the field of ecological natural paints is paint manufacturer Auro, whose product range includes toxin-free organic plasters and primers and, of course, a wide array of paints. If you prefer user-friendly emulsion paints, you can opt for variants that use natural resins as a binding agent. In general, any product that does mainly without preservatives, softening agents and artificial solvents, such as Volvox Top White, make for a great choice when it comes to healthy wall decor.
Healthy interior furnishings for your home
Natural materials for a healthy living environmentMineral paints such as whitewash and clay-based paints offer an entire spectrum of ecological and healthy living benefits. Consisting solely of inorganic substances and water, their alkaline properties cause them to act as a disinfectant, regulate the interior climate, and prevent the formation of mould. When it comes to clay-based paint, its natural binding agent is responsible for this positive effect: the more clay the paint contains, the better. Pure clay, also known as healing clay, therefore would be a logical choice for healthy wall decoration. Austrian manufacturer Emoton specialises in clay-based paints and plasters of this type. This completely natural living environment can be rounded off by Gira's Esprit linoleum-plywood switch range, for example.
Seal of quality as a guideMineral silicate paints and plasters have properties that are equally beneficial in terms of healthy living, provided that the silicate paints are not emulsion paints, which can contain up to five percent VOCs. It is also worth looking at the wallpaper’s packaging: wallpaper from Vlies-Rauhfaser in Erfurt for example has no softening agents, PVCs, or solvents. Test marks and quality labels such as Naturplus and eco-Label are generally reliable guides for health-conscious interior decorating. The different meanings of the labels can be found on Label-Online. And now all that is left for you to do is to have fun turning your home into a healthy living environment.
What do you look for when decorating your home? Are ecological or healthy living factors important to you? We look forward to receiving your comments.