Most of us think of bamboo as an “outside only” decorative device. However, with a little creativity and some DIY know-how you can use bamboo fencing and bamboo borders indoors for a resort style home whether you are out enjoying the sunshine or in hiding from a storm. Here are a few tips to give inspire and guide you:
Form and Function.
Obviously, you must first decide what look and feel best suits your tastes. Bamboo is perfect for creating an authentic island getaway or just for splashing touches of the tropics around your home. For example, if you are striving for a tropical hut-like atmosphere, consider covering an entire wall or ceiling with rolled bamboo fencing. Only choose one wall or the ceiling, too much covering will make the room feel smaller; plus it will take as much as 4 inches out of a rooms open space.
If you are simply adding some tropical accents, consider using parts of a bamboo fence as shutters as opposed to traditional blinds over a window. To do this, attach the fence piece to the outside of the window frame for more privacy or the inside frame to allow more light to penetrate.
Divide the Space. Use a fence to create a border, divider or hiding space. Literally fence off your work space to physically separate home and work or cover an unsightly air conditioner or furnace. Short bamboo fences or bamboo borders work well in small spaces like bathrooms while taller fences make great room dividers.
Easy Maintenance. When using bamboo indoors, there is no need to keep the bamboo from touching the floor (as with outdoor fencing) and the attachment does not have to be as secure, as there is no wind or rain to worry about. The color of the bamboo will not fade if it is not placed in direct sunlight so the overall effect will make a lasting impression for years to come.
So when shopping for bamboo products, remember to consider the indoor possibilities in addition to the outdoor. Bamboo is an eco-friendly, beautiful and versatile decorative material and there is no reason not to exploit it to its full potential.