When I think of incorporating Bamboo into my home, I think of traditional Bamboo furniture.
But now a days there are so many other options…
People paint it, people incorporate it simply as it is, in plant form…
I love the natural feel of this bamboo shower…
One thing I didn’t realize is that they even make dishes & kitchen items with bamboo now…
What a wonderful, green, versatile product!
Today on Snippets we have a guest poster.
Jonathon Ensor is a freelance design blogger for Empire Today.
While a midst his home renovations, he and his wife debate the difference between “egg shell” and “ecru”.
He is sharing with us some great ideas for incorporating bamboo into our own homes…
Panda bears aren’t the only animal on the block getting a kick out of bamboo these days. The word is out: bamboo is not only the fastest growing plant on the planet; it seems to be the fastest growing trend in the eco-friendly design world.
The regenerative grass is lightweight, strong and grows continuously, meaning there’s no need to re-plant after harvesting. In addition to all that, bamboo converts about 35% more CO2 into oxygen than other trees. So…what can you do with it?
The simpler question would be: what can’t you do with it? Bamboo is apparently used in everything from major construction projects to tee-shirts and beer. I saw a picture of a Lexus with bamboo interior the other day. No joke.
It’s an ideal material for many projects around the house. My wife and I are in the middle of a slow-going home remodel and we’re strongly considering bamboo flooring instead of the rustic, hand-scraped laminate we originally planned on. My wife claims it’s not so our friends and neighbors will think we’re ‘going green’, but for the overall look of it. (I think it’s partly the former.)
Other ways to integrate bamboo into decor at home include fencing (both indoor partitions and outdoor) and building trellises or water fountains. I, personally, haven’t got this far yet, but there’s so much inspiration out there, I plan on attacking this idea in the spring.
Bamboo window shades have been around for years, but having your curtains or throw pillows made out of the textile seems really cutting edge. Though the fabric is generally blended with cotton or some form of polyester.
Obviously, bamboo furniture abounds and has for years. From stately looking desks to cutting boards, you can find basically any piece of home furniture in some form of bamboo. The colors are more contemporary these days: organic neutrals, rich mahogany-stained, natural black. It’s not just green or yellow.
Most importantly, bamboo gives a sense of serenity to a home. Certain textures have the capability of transporting us to a different time. Or at least tricking our brain into thinking we’re kicking back and relaxing on the beach, when really, we’re landlocked in our living room on a Tuesday night.
I’m all for it.
Thank you for such a wonderful article Johnathon!
You had some wonderful ideas I had never thought of before.
Hopefully you all got lots of ideas to incorporate into your home…
Thank you for stopping by dear friends!