Give your interior a facelift with paintings that are both environmentally friendly and decorative, it's possible! Discover the solutions available to you. Often, in the consumer's mind, green rhymes with ... not beautiful. As if it were impossible to respect the environment and obtain pretty decorative effects. Is that what you think? It is high time to change our point of view. Example with paint, whose manufacturers have made real efforts to reduce the impact on nature. Better still, the new products available on the market add real decorative advantages to these environmental qualities, by playing with colors and the effects of material. Proofs ? Follow the guide… Natural colors and effects Paint manufacturers are inspired by nature. They offer consumers colors directly drawn from the palette of colors of Mother Nature. Two main trends stand out: on the one hand pastel shades, which recall water, undergrowth, autumn, (Clay, The Little Greene, Ripolin Harmony), and on the other, very pronounced, lively, which evoke more the sun, the fruits, the summer (Pure Wall Colors of V33, Lumière & Soleil by Dulux Valentine…). While they seem to be in opposition, these two tendencies can on the contrary unite in the same interior. Playing oppositions and contrasts makes it possible to enhance spaces, to create a dynamic in the house. The effects of matter also have the role of bringing a style to your interior. Again, manufacturers tap into the diversity of nature. Tadelakt, metal effect, wax, lime, there is no shortage of sources of inspiration (Esprit Tadelakt de Tollens). New materials and natural products The container also matters: to reduce waste, the pots are made smaller, more economical. On the other hand, European standards oblige manufacturers to comply with strict VOC (volatile organic compound) discharge thresholds since January 1, 2007. From January 1, 2010, these rates will be further lowered to further respect the environment. Conscious of the impact of their products on nature, suppliers play the game, and see their efforts crowned by obtaining the European Ecolabel (recognizable by its logo in the shape of a flower) or the NF Environment Standard. The trend is therefore towards a gradual disappearance of glycero paint, in favor of less harmful alkyd and acrylic solutions. It is also possible to find paints based on natural components, such as lime, linseed oil, chalk and natural pigments (KEIM, Farrow & Ball). The products offered also have greater hiding power, which avoids multiplying the layers of paint. Other manufacturers go further. They offer "intelligent" paints, capable of absorbing volatile matter contained in the atmosphere, or odors, by photocatalytic effect, ie pigments which break down pollutants under the effect of light (Photocal, Air Frais de Ripolin ). What to prove, if it were still necessary, that the paint adapts today to all the constraints.