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Save the Forests: Decorate Your Home with Bamboo

written by: Jennifer Claerr•edited by: Lindsay Evans•updated: 4/9/2011

One of the best ways to help save the planet's forests is by using bamboo products to decorate your home. Find ideas on how to use this fast-growing renewable resource for decorating both indoors and outdoors.

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    Facts About Bamboo

    Bamboo is a fast-growing woody, tree-like plant that is used today as a renewable resource. Decorating with bamboo is stylish and trendy, yet inexpensive. Bamboo is abundant in the tropics, primarily in Asia. Many things such as houses, furniture, flooring and blinds are made from bamboo. Live bamboo plants also have become popular decorations in homes. Bamboo makes an attractive, elegant, trendy and stylish decoration. Decorating your home with bamboo plants, furniture and accessories is relatively inexpensive. Using bamboo decorations can also help to save the forests, since it will prevent the depletion of slow-growing hardwood species. Bamboo can make your home greener, and at the same time give your home decor an exotic Asian feel.

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    Ideas for Indoor Decorating with Bamboo

    Bamboo furniture and other decor is available in stores such as Asian furniture stores, Target and Crate and Barrel, and online on websites like and Styles range from very simple pieces with a slatted design to highly ornate woven bamboo designer furniture. Bamboo is most commonly used in living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and dining rooms. Bamboo blinds are an essential piece for any bedroom or bathroom with an Asian decor. However, many bamboo window blinds are not effective at blocking light, so if you're trying to darken a room, you must install special light-filtering bamboo shades or blinds. Bamboo screens make an inexpensive yet attractive decoration for an empty corner of a bedroom.

    Installing bamboo flooring in a room can revitalize the space. In addition, bamboo floors are just as sturdy as hardwood yet are less likely to move around with changes in temperature and humidity. Bamboo furniture such as sofas, tables and chairs are available in a variety of styles. There are also bamboo storage containers, some of which double as tables or benches. To make sure that the pieces match each other, consider purchasing them at the same furniture store. You can purchase many bamboo accessories as well. You can decorate your home with simple accessories such as bamboo picture frames and bamboo planters that you can make yourself.

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    Ideas for Outdoor Decorating with Bamboo

    Because of its sturdiness, bamboo is an ideal material for decorating an outdoor space. Consider getting lightweight outdoor patio furniture made from bamboo stems. You can make your own bamboo birdhouse, bamboo windchimes or bamboo fountain to decorate your outdoor room. Bamboo pieces intended for the outdoors should be finished with lacquer or varnish before being placed outside. You can also plant live bamboo densely around the periphery of your yard to create a privacy screen. If you place a bamboo rug down on the ground, walking barefoot outside is much more comfortable. Potted bamboo shoots and plants also make a welcome addition to a patio or backyard.

    Bamboo has many advantages over traditional materials for decorating a home. Ultimately, making an investment in bamboo makes sense both for enhancing the decor of a home and for protecting the world's forests.

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    A very brief Bamboo Glossary,

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