4/1/09

Bamboo Shades Bring Nature Inside

After a visit to a park, or a camping trip, so may people want to extend that visit by using some design elements of nature in their homes. Some will bring in house plants. Others ay change from metal or laminate furniture to wood furniture. Some may even use paintings or other art. While all of this is fine and well, it can also be easy to use the natural design features of bamboo shades, and when using real bamboo, it will not only be a beautiful product, but it will also be an ecologically kind window treatment.

As a real wood from real forests, bamboo is a natural product. The real bamboo used in comes from a tree that is a real marvel. The source trees are known to grow as quickly as four feet each month, and many grow even faster. As a result of this quick growth, consumers of bamboo shades may feel ecologically correct while bringing some of this natural beauty into their homes or offices.

The natural stylings of bamboo shades comes from, among other sources, the fact that the pieces are woven together in a traditional style. The process is not much different from the actual weaving of fabrics, but the bamboo shades use full bamboo sticks as the fill, so the “fabric” is a random looking assortment of various colored bamboo reeds and tubes to make a real fresh from the jungle look.

In addition to the above, bamboo shades look natural because of the way in which the sticks are colored. While most traditional wood products are stained or painted so that they hide any imperfections, the real bamboo processing which is used for the sticks in bamboo shades is done in a manner to try to maintain the many imperfections in the wood itself. The rough edges, the hard bamboo grain, and the large bumps and joints all lead to an inconsistent finish, and make the sticks unable to accept a uniform coating of the colorants. This means that every stick will have an entirely unique color and appearance.

When the bamboo shades are finished, the final shade is presented in the windows are a natural hand made product. This is distinctly different from the tailored and crisp roman shades made from fabric. Bamboo shades will often have a twist, a bump, or irregular folding. This is minor, and not unattractive, but just enough to help one perceive the custom crafted, forest cabin look of the natural shades that are bamboo shades.

Of course, the sales of the designs, and the taste of the consumers are fully related. Consumers have voted their tastes with bamboo shades through their choices in colors. While there are a few white patterns available in bamboo shades, these happen to be the lowest selling colors in the category of woven wood shades. As white is the most important color range in shutter, shades, and particularly wood blinds, it is among the lowest in popularity for bamboo shades. Consumers are choosing these shades for their beauty and their natural appearances, as evidenced by the inverted sales of more dark colors than light paints, as compared to other products in this product group.

Because we have focussed on the natural look of bamboo shades, let’s discuss what the use of them can do to nature. That is to say, what is the environmental impact of using bamboo shads, particularly as opposed to other alternative window treatments. Remember that the bamboo tree grows very quickly. As a result, the forests are rapidly re-growing and as the trees are cut, they are growing to replace the amount that is cut. The upshot of this is that the use of bamboo shades using real wood sticks is not a direct cause of deforesting. This is the most ecologically sound window treatment, as a result.

Relax in nature, enjoy the hike, the beauty and the sensation of being out there, “in it.” That is what a bamboo shade will help you do when you design your home spaces. These incomparable shades can allow you to decorate and bring in the great out doors, ming that back to nature look real. At the same time, the transplant of that outside beauty to the inside, will not hurt the environment, so consumers will not have extra “eco-guilt” when they choose bamboo shades.
By: Judith Persit

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