Bamboo decor might conjure up memories of your family’s 1950s room divider, or that cheap, lightweight furniture that filled every room of your college frat house. But it’s time to forget everything you know!
Bamboo is making a comeback in a big way—but with a modern touch—from woven wallpaper to flooring to bathroom accessories. Builders and designers alike love working with the lightweight but sturdy grass, and luckily there’s plenty of it to go around.
“Bamboo is extremely fast-growing, making it one of the more sustainable materials for furniture construction,” says Annabelle Joy, an interior designer and co-founder of Trim Design Co. in Boston. “And since it’s hollow, it’s even lighter than rattan. This makes it easy to move, which is appealing to renters, inexpensive to ship, and a family-friendly choice.”