There are many growing trends throughout the interior design industry, but one of the fastest growing and most persistent is sustainable design. Homeowners looking for materials to use throughout their homes want not only style and on-trend looks, but materials that are healthy, and that have less of an impact on the environment.
For this reason, bamboo, a fast-growing grass, has skyrocketed in popularity within the last several years. While first gaining traction as a flooring material, bamboo can now be found throughout the home in a variety of different areas and uses. These eight bamboo interior design ideas will help you see just how easy it is to incorporate this green material into your home.
1. Adding Dimension to Contemporary Cabinetry
Modern kitchen design is also at an all-time high in popularity. Slab-style doors in particular, with their clean lines are beginning to turn up everywhere. Unfortunately, a plain slab door or one that’s been painted tends to fall a little flat in style. By using bamboo lumber to create the cabinets, you get instant style, depth, and dimension added to the sleek lines of the doors and drawers. The vertical grain of the bamboo complements the clean lines of the slab-style cabinets perfectly, enhancing the overall design.
2. Stepping Up Your Soffits
For kitchens with high ceilings, it’s common to use soffits or light fixtures to help bring the ceiling down visually in height, helping to create visual proportion within the room. A plain drop ceiling or soffit, however, leaves a lot to be desired in warmth, texture, and style in the room, which means that it sometimes has the opposite effect of what was originally intended.
Adding bamboo veneer to your soffits, dropped ceiling, or light fixtures instantly adds character and warmth to the room, while still providing that visual balance that tall rooms need. This honey-colored bamboo light fixture glows with the warmth of the lights below it, instantly making the room appear warmer and more comfortable.
3. A More Appealing Butcher Block
Butcher block table and countertops are a nice way to add a little warmth and texture to your kitchen. They also make an ideal surface for those that like to cook and bake to prepare their dishes on. You can find butcher-block style table and countertops in a variety of different wood species, each with their own grain and characteristics.
Bamboo’s knuckles and naturally visible lines make an appealing complement to the butcher block style. With a slightly more updated and contemporary appearance, using bamboo in this style helps give your home a more modern look.
4. Rethinking the Farmhouse Table
Rustic modern design is one of the most popular types of transitional interior design right now. Blending contemporary lines with raw materials and edges, rustic modern homes have a lot of style and dimension. One component of this design that receives a lot of use is the contemporary farmhouse table – a sleeker rendition of the old favorite meant to hold a number of diners at once.
Bamboo veneer helps bring even more style and interest to this dining room favorite. With a raw edge that helps meet the rustic modern criteria, and lots of clean lines in the surface, a bamboo farmhouse table helps make the transition between rural and contemporary design effortless and complete.
5. Updating the Bathroom Design
Bathroom design has been becoming more contemporary over the last several years, as people gravitate toward cleaner lines and more texture within the space. For bathrooms that include a cabinet in the design, bamboo makes the ideal addition to the room. This floating vanity in a chocolate brown bamboo veneer helps make the room appear larger by increasing visual floor space. At the same time, the color and pattern of the bamboo contrasts with the tile backsplash for a lot of depth of design.
6. Wall Board with Style
It’s been common for centuries to use wood or types of wall board to protect the walls and add interest and detail to a room at the same time. Most wall panels, however, are fairly traditional in style ranging from raised panel to bead board. For a more contemporary look that still packs just as much interest and detail, consider using a bamboo wall. Added as an accent wall to any room, the texture and lines of the bamboo instantly draw the eye.
7. The Sleekest of Pocket Doors
Pocket doors have long been used in small spaces where privacy is at odds with the amount of room necessary for a traditional door. Most pocket doors, however, are either plain and utilitarian or else heavy and traditional in style.
This bamboo door effortlessly bridges the gap between function and fashion. Edged in metal trim, this sleek door slides out when needed to create a unique barrier between rooms, then tucks away to reopen the space again.
8. Raw and Real Shelving
Floating shelves have become popular in many types of contemporary and transitional design as people look for more ways to store and showcase items without detracting from the space in the room. Bamboo board with its raw, yet contemporary edging adds a stylish touch to anywhere you need to hang some shelving. Bamboo is also durable enough to stand up to whatever you need to it to hold without sagging or supports that could detract from the style.
Update Your Home with Bamboo
Bamboo lumber and veneers can create countless looks in and around your home or office. Rethink your interiors and consider sustainable, attractive bamboo for your next interior design project.