The “green design” trend is transforming the design industry, and having a major effect on interior design plans. As a home decorator, you have a responsibility to the environment as well as your client’s health, and both can be improved through green design. In this final unit of your online interior decorating course, you’ll learn about the environmental impact of appliances, water, and other materials used in home design plans. Learn about the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) stamp of approval and the Green Label Plus certification, and how to select the right furniture items based on these identifiers.

Discover how hazardous interior painting can be, and find out how to select eco-friendly paints that don’t contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Explore how carpeting and wood can contribute to pollution, and learn how to reuse old materials when creating custom home interiors. Ensure your clients are healthy through the improvement of indoor air quality, and find out how to make every area of the home greener with a room-by-room guide.

Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) is a third-party certification that encourages the selection of eco-friendly materials and certifies individual home designers. Become a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) by completing an exam and obtaining a certification, with instructions outlined in this unit. Adding this designation to your interior decorating certificate is an excellent way to expand your knowledge and create greener homes for your clients.