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.
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.
This modern great room features a wall of windows extending from the bamboo floor all the way to the ceiling for a view of La Jolla, California. A wood stove offers heat during cooler weather, and curved red couches provide comfortable seating.
Converted attic space now serves as an eclectic loft for kids and guests to relax. Beautiful pine wood floors warm up the all-white space. A bamboo sofa with white seat cushions nestles perfectly against the sloped ceiling.