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When you think rattan, do you think of old-fashioned conservatory furniture that is ugly and definitely not very comfortable? Well, get ready for a 2020 update, as au naturale rattan is having a moment.
Born from all that Instagram love, rattan has been given a makeover, it is no longer about the chunky styles that made rattan so popular in the 70’s, now it is more refined, think sleek furniture with see-through panels of cane mesh, and you have the choice – you can go light or dark.
It is also no longer just contained to conservatories and gardens, rattan is being used for stylish, side tables to elegant, bed frames, and everything in-between including chairs, cabinets, bookcases, wardrobes, shelving units, drawers, and even lampshades.
It’s popularity has been growing in part due to people wanting to use more natural materials, but it is also due to how the natural element adds an organic feel to any setting, adding a sense of calm and relaxation, as well as how great it looks with teamed with other natural textures such as natural woods, and linen, and earthy colour palettes.
Rattan in the bedroom
One of the main focus on rattan is in the bedroom, from the complete bed frame to a bold, ornate headboard, and even storage solutions, from chest of drawers, wardrobes, and baskets.
To make sure your bedroom doesn’t look like a 70’s throwback, add crisp white linen bedding, a colour pop, whether with cushions or on the wall, and layer up with textures and prints, with rugs, artwork, and a throw draped over the end of your bed.
Rattan in the dining room
One of my favourite ways to use rattan in the home has to be in the dining room, especially perfect if you have a neutral coloured dining room or kitchen, as rattan dining chairs can add a beautiful accent to the room, dress up any table, as well as add a calming and cosy feel – perfect for hosting dinner parties.
Rattan for your pets
When making any interior trend work I have to consider my pets, I have a dog and three cats, and lucky for me, rattan works perfectly. Whether it is a dedicated dog or cat bed, or a statement chair for them to cuddle up in.
Want to test out the trend, but not too much, elevate your lighting. From standalone tall lamps to bedside table lamps and statement lampshades, there are so many options to add a natural flair to any room, and I just adore how they cast beautiful patterns across the room.
Want to make a statement with your rattan interior addition, then there is only one thing I can recommend – a rattan peacock chair – it will add an exotic statement with a boho twist to any room. Soften and make it modern by layering up luxurious touches, like faux fur throws, fluffy cushions and a gorgeous rug.
If I could only add one piece now – a rattan sideboard
It would have to be a rattan sideboard, I love how they add a retro touch to any room, while making a statement. I especially love this black wood and natural rattan webbing sideboard from Cult Furniture, perfect for a vintage style living room at a great price, under £200.
Where to buy
There are so many retailers on the high street and online are embracing the rattan trend, including H&M, Anthropologie, La Redoute, Homesense, Dunelm, Next, Cox & Cox, John Lewis, Debenhams, Cult Furniture, Zara, Wayfair, and specialists like The Rattan Company.
All you have to do is shop around!!!
For more inspiration, check out my dedicated Rattan interiors board on Pinterest.