In this open living space with bamboo floors and soft, gray walls, a seating area flows seamlessly into the kitchen. Tucked in between, a neat workspace features a set of black cubby-style shelves to keep office supplies close at hand.
"Bamboo has been around for a long time, but what we are seeing lately is an explosion of colors and styles," says Dean Howell, president of Atlanta-based MODA Floors & Interiors. While technically a fast-growing grass, bamboo is as hard or harder than most hardwoods when dried. Newer products called strand-woven bamboo, a highly engineered product using the inner fibers, are twice as hard as traditional bamboo flooring. Dean says that in addition to the common thin-banded styles shoppers have become accustomed to, bamboo is offered in wide-plank styles that mimic the look of classic hardwoods. As with all wood flooring, it's best to keep bamboo out of moisture-prone rooms like kitchens and baths.
Warm bamboo flooring contrasts with the cool blue wall color and bright white cabinets in this spacious kitchen. Slim metal barstools allow the focus to remain on the white cabinets and stunning wood floor.
A flood of natural light beams down on a large island with a built-in microwave in this contemporary kitchen. Bamboo flooring adds texture to the clean lines of the neutral cabinetry and simple fixtures.
Contrast is key in this bright white bar and dining area. Dark bamboo flooring, black barstools and a black dining table create bold focal elements in the space. A mix of dark and light furniture adds visual interest in the space for a sophisticated design.
This blue entry hall features a lovely pairing of rustic and elegant design. A sisal-style hall rug protects strand-carbonized bamboo flooring from heavy foot traffic, while built-in bench seating is made more useful with underneath storage.
Gorgeous bamboo flooring in this modern living room goes wall to wall then takes a turn north and becomes paneling behind the large flat screen TV. The contrast between walls in this room is stark but feels natural. Low-profile furniture makes it simple to sink in and relax.
A sisal-style hall rug — elegant yet hard-working — protects strand-carbonized bamboo flooring from heavy foot traffic in the HGTV Dream Home 2013 entryway. The entry's pairing of rustic and elegant hints at the home's overall design scheme.
The kitchen flows straight into the dining room — a floor plan ideal for entertaining. An antique-style area rug anchors the dining area and softens the dark-hued bamboo floors. Sheer linen drapes can be drawn when privacy is desired.
Caramel bamboo floors, streamlined lighting and Valspar Seafoam Storm paint make this bright and open space feel like anything but a basement. A pool table covered in platinum felt and a sectional in charcoal fabric complement the room's steely palette.
A floating desk and acrylic chair in this bedroom play into the home's design concept of weightlessness and optical illusion. Topsy-turvy mirrors, an abstract pendant light and a richly textured woven pouf break up the strong lines in the modern space. Small pops of color and bamboo floors add warmth to the otherwise cool, white room.