Bam­boo of­fers va­ri­ety of ‘green’ decor uses

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

BAM­BOO has be­come a pop­u­lar com­po­nent in many home-decor prod­ucts. Be­cause of its sus­tain­abil­ity, it is a great sub­sti­tute for items for­merly made from less-re­new­able re­sources like hard­wood.

Bam­boo is a grass that re­news it­self within a five-to seven-year span, com­pared to hard­woods, which take up to 60 years. It is a very hard ma­te­rial, which makes it a great source for con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als, fur­ni­ture and floor­ing. It also has some anti-bac­te­rial qual­i­ties, which make it a good choice for use in tex­tiles for the home.

The ‘green’ fac­tor of bam­boo is mak­ing it a pop­u­lar op­tion for home ren­o­va­tions and home decor. There are a wide range of prod­ucts avail­able made ei­ther with or from bam­boo for your home. New prod­ucts are com­ing out all of the time, which makes this an ex­cit­ing decor trend. Bam­boo is such a ver­sa­tile plant that the pos­si­bil­i­ties seem to be end­less for its use. slices of nat­u­ral dried bam­boo that are about one to two inches wide and six feet long that can be con­fig­ured to just about any de­sign you can think of. With these slats, you could make a head­board, cover the front of a bar, reface kitchen cab­i­nets, cre­ate a wain­scot­ting ef­fect and so on. One site I hap­pened upon that had good pho­to­graphs and ideas is www.cal­ibam­boo. com

A bam­boo ta­ble and cab­i­nets with white Zeus Sile­stone, which is en­gi­neered from crushed stone par­ti­cles. Left:

bam­boo wok and steamer.

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The main hall­way fea­tures ceil­ing sky­light­ing that will catch the win­ter sun. The floors are con­structed from

bam­boo.

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