Earth-friendly bamboo is becoming the go-to choice of top interior designers. Intricate artwork for walls and handsome natural bamboo area rugs for floors are gracing more homes and offices. And if you think decorating with bamboo is restricted only to Asian-inspired rooms or beach bungalows, you’ll be surprised to see the ways contemporary interior designers are incorporating the material into chic, updated spaces. Well-loved for its natural durability, resilience and neutral, earthy aesthetic, bamboo is one of the best resources for homeowners and designers who want to create a stylish and eco-friendly space.
This flowering evergreen is one of the fastest renewing plants on Earth, meaning that when you choose to use it in your home, you’re not contributing to deforestation or overconsumption of water and energy. Think of it this way: When a 60-foot tree gets cut down, it takes — on average — 60 years to replace. On the other hand, when a 60-foot bamboo gets cut down, it takes just 59 days to replace.
There are many ways to enhance your home with the benefits of bamboo. Replace your synthetic carpeting with beautiful bamboo rugs finished with the plant’s natural golden hue. Ideal for earthy living spaces or rooms that strive to bring the outdoors in, bamboo rugs provide a stylish, inviting foundation for any home décor scheme. In addition to their desirable natural texture, sheen and color, bamboo fiber rugs are also exceptionally durable and stain-resistant, making them a fine choice for busy rooms.
Because bamboo is so strong and versatile, its shoots are often left whole to create truly unique décor art. Bamboo blinds, furniture, planters, room dividers, headboards and even light fixtures display the material’s appealing knots and natural grains for a one-of-a-kind way to turn a room into an inviting, inspired oasis. Live bamboos are also popular in home décor, as they’re easy to care for and enjoyable to look at. Bamboo house plants are said to be symbols of good luck, so it can never hurt to place a few around the house.