Renewable, natural, sustainable, beautiful… rattan is taking our interiors by storm. Let the soft blond tones this must-have material make a statement in your home. Rattan may have hit the market with a boom but it’s a trend that continues to feature on the interior design landscape, keeping this soft, neutral colour on our decorating palette, lending itself to furniture styles that range from fun to sophisticated, trending to timeless. Similar to bamboo and grown in Asia, Africa and Australia, rattan is a strong, fast-growing wood that is light in colour but heavy duty in style. Because it can be curved and shaped easily, it can take many forms, from accents pieces such as mirrors, side tables, baskets or handy shelves to larger statement pieces such as a screen or oversized chandelier. It’s so easy to use in every area of interior decorating - storage, seating, accent pieces, even nursery furniture, keeping this versatile material at the top of our must-have list!
Here’s how to bring the beautiful tones of rattan into your home.
Embrace the resurgence of 1970s style by combining the curved forms of rattan in armchairs and seating with soft, natural fabrics and finishes. Add a burst of life with a healthy collection of indoor plants in baskets and ceramic pots.
Channel the handmade look by incorporating woven cloths, rugs, cushions and wall hangings in your décor to compliment your rattan furnishings. Natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and jute all work well with the blond tones of rattan.
The natural attributes of rattan lend it to the creation of softer curves in furniture and object design. Look to include other beautiful round shapes in a space to work in with your rattan pieces – circular tables, round mirrors, curved furniture forms and generous handmade baskets.
Pair with heavier timbers for a sophisticated edge
Rattan goes next level in design when combined with other timbers to refine the overall look and feel. Think of more solid furniture construction such as a sideboard, coffee table or bedside drawer units, with panels of woven rattan as a feature.