A bamboo-themed living room brings a feeling of serenity for homeowners and guests. Bamboo is a quick way to incorporate Asian designs into your personal space. If you have been looking for inspiration on how to use bamboo in your living room, then you have come to the right place. This article features twenty charming bamboo-themed living rooms that will not only give you ideas for redecorating your place but will also get you excited to start your next home project.
Though the design of this living room is predominantly rustic, the bamboo painting on the mantle gives it the slightest touch of East Asian aesthetic. The bamboo pole looks like it was painted directly on the tile.
From the unique bamboo coffee table to the coconut tree painting, it is clear that the designer was going for a tropical feel for this living room.
The living room chairs made of bamboo and rattan complement the mint green designs of the cushion and walls.
Even though the wall decors steal the show in this living room, the bamboo tree and the whole look of the room makes you feel like you’re being transported to East Asia.
The small and cute bamboo poles in the middle of the table go harmoniously with the modern design of the room.
Definitely one of the most astonishing bamboo-themed living rooms, this masterpiece looks like extra homey thanks to the eye-catching woodwork on the ceiling and floor.
The bamboo seats in this living room are perfectly positioned beside the rattan sofa.
The entire room looks like it was inspired by Victorian-era designs, but the added touch brought by the two bamboo poles balances the whole look.
Bamboo is used for several furniture pieces in this room, including the chairs, coffee table, and lamp!
Thin bamboo poles look absolutely gorgeous bundled together on one corner of the room.
The furniture in this room are simple enough to let the polished and painted bamboo poles on the right stand out.
The adorable coffee table at the center of the room is certainly a scene-stealer.
The sun-themed mirrors on the wall go well with the contemporary designs of the furniture.
This is not your average New York living space! But it definitely is one of the most unique ones out there thanks to the stunning bamboo ceiling.
This living room area in Bali is absolutely beautiful. It is the perfect place to unwind in this popular tropical destination.
The bamboo ladder adds a nice modern touch to this living room.
A living room does not need to be extravagant. You can opt for a small and cute guest receiving area that is perfect for the family as well.
The living area of this beach house is both homey and pleasant.
The painting in this room only adds to its elegance and class.
A simple bamboo chair set is positioned on the corner of this living room. It creates a nice relaxing area for house guests.
Hopefully, you have found your bamboo dream design on this list of equally elegant bamboo-themed living rooms. Bamboo is an affordable and easy material to work with, you can even grow your own plantation in your backyard! All it takes is a little research on how to make them grow strong and healthy. You might want to consider the conditions you are growing them as well. Every bamboo specie is unique, but you’ll be able to get the most out and maybe even create that home you’ve always been dreaming of.
There are numerous bamboo buildings from around the world that have withstood the test of time. This is because bamboo is one of the strongest plant-based building materials. Its naturally hollow structure allows it to have a strength factor two times stronger than solid wood. There are even bamboo species that are known to be stronger than steel. Bamboo is flexible as well, with numerous bamboo buildings around the world built to withstand winds that go faster than 170 mph.
Bamboo is also the largest member of the grass family that has countless uses. You can press, mold, flatten, slice, burn, or carve bamboo according to your liking. In Asian cuisine, the shoots of bamboo are used as a key ingredient for meals, allowing bamboo harvesters to make the most out of this amazing plant.
Countries with warmer climates like the Philippines are optimum environments for a majority of bamboo species. It is extremely fast-growing and can grow up to 3 inches per day in these conditions. For colder climates, particular regions with frost and snow, the Phyllostachys varieties are more ideal. This bamboo species can survive in temperatures as low as negative 5 degrees Fahrenheit, but do keep in mind that they tend to grow more slowly in these conditions.
As part of our bamboo series, here are popular bamboo buildings from around the world.
Roewu architects from the United Kingdom completed the Bamboo Forest House back in 2008. It is designed to accommodate large groups and extended families, with a modern bamboo screen serving as an exterior.
The structure was built in 2008 for the traveling photo exhibit of Gregory Colbert.
The roof is supported by five bent Guadua poles, each of which run from the ground to the roof. The slenderness of the bamboo was done by stiffening braces that prevent buckling.
Definitely one of the most attention-grabbing bamboo buildings from around the world, this bamboo bridge is located at the Crosswaters Ecolodge in China. It is a project by Colombian architect Simon Velez, who uses Guadua in construction.
The boarding school for the deaf is a serene living place for young girls and boys suffering from this disability. The architects behind the building’s design aim to explore a special reflection of patterns and materials.
The owner of the restaurant informed the architects his vision of creating an outdoor Japanese noodle restaurant. He requested that the design could be easily assembled and disassembled as he wished. Those requests were taken into consideration, so the design team decided to use bamboo as their main construction material due to its flexibility.
The Leipzig Zoo hosts around 1.3 million visitors per year. In order to provide the zoo’s visitors with enough parking space, a competition was held for the design of the parking garage with an economical design concept. In the end, the designers who decided to go for bamboo to create this stunning facade emerged as the winner.
The site is a 100 x 45 parallelogram oriented north-south with an urban park located on the west. Each side of the building is provided with a 1.5 meter wide terrace along the full exterior. These terraces are enclosed with bamboo louvers mounted on folding frames that act as protection against sun exposure.
Architect and designer Benjamin Garcia Saxe built this bamboo house for his mother in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
The most eye-catching piece in this home are the horizontal bamboo slices.
The compound consists of a carports and three sleeping pavilions located in each of the four corners of the site. At the center is a two-story pavilion containing dinning and living room facilities and an elevated studio. The staircase connecting the second and first floor rises from an elliptical pond.
This eco-friendly bamboo house was designed by a team of student from Tongji University in Shanghai. The home operates with solar power in order to compete in the Europe Solar Decathlon Competition back in 2010.
Amazingly, unlike most of the bamboo buildings from around the world that has gained fame, this structure was created by nonprofessionals—in a matter of two days. Each of the cropped rice streams were wrapped together at the top of the structure and covered by overlapping it with another layer.
The nipa hut is considered as a national symbol of the Philippines. It comes in a variety of names that range from kamalig to the more popular term bahay kubo. It is often associated with the rural areas of the country, specifically highlighting the Austronesian cultures of the Philippines. The bahay kubo even inspired the widely popular folk song often sung in schools. In terms of tradition, it is used to symbolize bayanihan or the sense of community.
Nipa huts were made long before the Spanish colonial era, and they were designed to withstand the strong tropical winds during the monsoon season. As time went on, the native house design has transitioned from using bamboo plants to utilizing stones and pebbles to build what is locally called bahay na bato, which became prominent during the Spanish occupation. Today, designers from the Philippines and around the world have added a modern touch to the traditional bahay kubo. The examples below illustrate just how far this humble Filipino icon has gone.
The Philippines encounters a wide array of climate changes, from harsh typhoons to heat waves. Building bahay kubo has become their way to protect themselves from nature’s wrath. It has been proven that the bahay kubo, having a sturdy foundation and support, is strong enough to withstand all this.
There is no specific design for the bahay kubo; its style and construction is known to vary throughout the Philippines. Customarily, most bahay kubo are on stilts, and the living area is accessed by ladder. This naturally divides the house into three areas: the living area in the middle, the area below known as the silong, and the ceiling known locally as kisame.
Filipino architect Joven Ignacio advises owners of any bamboo living spaces to be culture-sensitive to the province or area they live in. “Culture of a people is very important . . . look at the behavioral patterns of the ones who will be living in it, the historical background of the family,” says Joven. “If your family grew up in Metro Manila, iba ang kultura, mas harassed, yung nasa labas ng Metro Manila, medyo laidback.”
The walls of nipa hut’s living area are typically made of light materials. The thatched roof is often constructed out of nipa, anahaw, or other local plants.
If you wish to construct a nipa hut for you and your family, always consider the materials used as well as the area where you plan to put up the home.
Decorating your home with natural elements will breathe new life into your personal living space. Even if your home is more on the contemporary side, it is never too late to play with natural materials to turn an uninspiring nook or cranny into an aesthetically pleasing corner.
For those looking forward to decorating their homes with natural elements, you should know that wood isn’t the only option out there. Decorating and building your dream home using bamboo has long proven to be a good idea as bamboo is eco-friendly, lightweight, and durable. The exotic look of bamboo is also perfect for creating an Asian-inspired space. In the Philippines, you can purchase bamboo at a low price from reliable sellers. You can choose from a variety of species that are perfect for outdoor and indoor decorations. So without further ado, check out the gallery of DIY projects using bamboo below.
1. Bamboo can be used as a flower planter. The best thing about bamboo is that it does not require additional planting and can easily be shaped according to your preference—this is one of the main reasons there are a lot of DIY projects using bamboo sprouting everywhere.
There is nothing like having a good rest in a peaceful abode. One of the best ways to create a place of solemnity and peace is to incorporate the serene elements of nature. Bamboo has developed from being a common garden plant to being a construction and design material used in a variety of homes. And now home decoration with bamboo has become a trend houseowners don’t ever want to leave behind.
If you want to learn more about bamboo home interior design or are just seeking new ways to make the most out of your bamboo, then you have come to the right place. Below you will find 15 inspiring ideas to decorate your home with bamboo.
Building your own pergola can become go from being a simple plan to a challenging project depending on your design. Bamboo is one of the easiest construction materials to work with, you can create a stunning pergola and position it anywhere in your yard by following the design below.
Bamboo is an attractive plant to use for a privacy screen or hedge. It also happens to be one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, making it an easily accessible and inexpensive option for creating a privacy screen.
The next two items will explore how you can create wall dividers out of bamboo. You can create different styles with various designs, sizes, and colors, anything that works according to your own preference.
Home decoration with bamboo isn’t for big rooms only. Your bathroom deserves that little touch-up too! And using bamboo to do it is nothing short of impressive.
Bamboo is an eco-friendly way to create rooftops as well. Just make sure that the bamboo has proper support to hold it.
Alternatively, you can opt for bamboo flooring (or even both!). Bamboo is a natural surface-covering material that shares the properties of actual hardwood.
Bamboo furniture is durable enough to withstand everyday use. It is known to be far more resistant to damage than traditional hardwoods. For instance, it can take the beating from repeated knife use and still remain unscathed. On the other hand, the bamboo won’t end up damaging the knife blade compared to other woods.
For a tropical feel without needing to leave your own home!
Give a drab bedroom an island-inspired upgrade with the help of a bamboo headboard. Bamboo bedroom ideas like this are perfect for your kids and would make a great concept to incorporate into your guest rooms and master bedrooms too.
Bamboo art began in Japan, making it a ubiquitous part of Japanese culture. Today, interior designers have incorporated bamboo into their overall layout, adding Asian flavor to modern homes.
Bamboo is a construction material commonly associated with Asian culture and tradition. In most Asian countries, bamboo is used to create structures like suspension bridges, fences, and even houses. This fast-growing tree is known to be even stronger than oak, making them more than ideal for typhoon-prone countries like the Philippines.
Today, you’ll be taking a glimpse of the most stunning bamboo structures around Asia. Check out the photo gallery below.
Mason Lane Farm Equipment Building, Goshen, Kentucky made from locally grown bamboo by De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop
Mason Lane Farm Equipment Building by De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop
The structure above was built to hold hay and farm equipment, with the open lattice design intentionally done to allow the hay to dry.
Great Wall House, China, by Kengo Kuma & Associates
The Great Wall House is a multi-dwelling project near Beijing. Part of the construction requirements was to make use of local materials, so the designers opted for the inexpensive bamboo.
Inside the Great Wall House, China
Bamboo ceilings, bamboo walls
Dining room at the Great Wall Commune
The design of this bamboo building was inspired by the Great Wall itself, which lies straight ahead from the house. According to designer Kengo Kuma, “The Great Wall in the past partitioned off two cultures, but this Bamboo Wall would not only partition but also unite life and culture.”
Passive House by Karawitz Architecture closed on the north side, open on the south
Close-up of bamboo shutters by Karawitz Architecture.
Bamboo spiral – Green School by Ibuku.
The Green School is a large complex filled with stunning bamboo buildings. From the main center aptly named the Heart of the School to the Turtle Classroom, there is no shortage of wonder and awe in Bali’s Green School.
Green Village is a community of private bamboo living spaces made by the Ibuku Group. It is located on the Ayung River valley in Bali and serves as an extension of the Green School community. Each bamboo building in the area was made unique and custom-designed for their owners.
Black Bamboo walls at the Green Village, a planned community adjacent to the Green School.
A bamboo and canvas library with spinning oval door by Ibuku, Indonesia
Bamboo walls made from the center slice (cross section) of giant bamboo by Ibuku
Bamboo walls and ceiling beams
Bamboo with printed paper backdrop. Kid’s Den by 24H Architects, Thailand.
Dutch architecture firm 24H teamed up with bamboo specialist Jörg Stamm for the project. The Kid’s Den, which serves as a centerpiece, is in the shape of a manta-ray and is made of local Thai bamboo.
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