Deep shades of bamboo work nicely with moody colors, a combination that's perfect for a cozy home office. In bamboo, even functional objects -- letter trays, storage boxes -- add organic texture.
Bamboo Pieces: Shelby writing desk with bamboo-fronted drawers, mgbwhome.com. Blow-Up citrus basket, nest-living.com. Stacking letter trays (on desk shelf ), and recipe-card boxes (on wall shelf, right), containerstore.com. IPad case and holder, bambooipad.com. Small shallow round bowl (on wall shelf, right), in Forest, corebamboo.com.
Other Items: Brass and glass lamp, journeydumbo.com. Brass brackets, hooklady.com. Antique Orkney straw-back chair, bunnywilliams.com/treillage.
Striated bamboo -- which shows up on the walls, sink, and furnishings -- gives this bathroom its spa-like feel. Once available in only a few earthy hues, bamboo textiles can now be found in all kinds of elegant colors, such as these muted towels.
Bamboo Pieces: Cubes, set of 3, kalonstudios.com. Above-counter sink, lenovasinks.com. Structure bench, in Amber, alsdesigns.com. Natural-edge grain 3-ply plywood (on wall), 4'-by-8' sheet, plyboo.com. Boardwalk jar, by Martha Stewart Collection, from macys.com. Spun-bamboo tray(on cube), velocityartanddesign.com. Wash, hand, and bath towels, in Amethyst, cassadecor.com.
Mixing and matching different shades of bamboo adds depth to a room. Here, dark tables contrast beautifully with light baskets. Bamboo is also woven into the bedding and the rug, which is so lush that it softens the blow of getting out of bed.
Bamboo pieces: Bamboo Dreams queen sheet set, in Almond, yaladesigns.com. Quilted coverlet, in Lotus, beyondbeds.com. Strand flooring, by Foundations, from greendepot.com. Plush rug, 8' by 10', in Beige, vivaterra.com. Hazel bench, in Warm Caramelized finish, and Nandina bench (next to bed), in Warm Caramelized finish; hayneedle.com. Radio, conranusa.com. Smoked-bamboo kitchen basket, tenthousandvillages.com.
Other items: Minwax water-based wood stain (on floor), in Slate, minwax.com. Atlantico queen bed, in American black walnut, delaespada.com. Paint (on wall), in Orchid, by Martha Stewart Living, from homedepot.com. Tang-style plaster horse, flairhomecollection.com.
Bamboo can wick away moisture better than cotton, making it an ideal bedding textile. Plus, it has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which help keep sheets fresh longer. Not to mention that it looks like silk. "Bamboo fibers add a beautiful sheen to textiles," Kevin says.
Clockwise from top left: Pillow: This concave rattan cushion is surprisingly comfortable and good for keeping cool. Rattan hollow pillow, pearlriver.com. Throw: Light enough for warm months but snuggly enough for cooler ones. Current throw, in Grass, inhabitliving.com. Pillowcases: The muted colors create a lovely dreamscape. Bamboo Dreams pillowcases, in Almond and Green Tea, yaladesigns.com. Bamboo quilted sham, in Ivory, beyondbeds.com. Rug: Extra-soft and easy on bare feet. Bamboo plush rug, 8' by 10', in Beige,vivaterra.com. Radio: Far more decor-friendly than a plastic version. Bamboo radio,conranusa.com. Flooring: Simple to install and wipe clean ( just mop with a standard floor cleaner). Strand bamboo flooring, unfinished (far right) and finished (in American Walnut, second from right), by Foundations, from greendepot.com. Minwax water-based wood stain (applied to unfinished Strand flooring), in Winter Moss, River Stone, and Slate, minwax.com.
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