The rattan vibe

Jayne Morgan from The Finishing Touches shares her ideas and inspirations for using rattan, or wicker, to freshen up your space and create a refreshing spring look.

Have you noticed more and more rattan appearing in the home stores and garden centers recently? It’s a trend that’s been making its way into our homes of late and is only set to continue. I just can’t get enough of this versatile, natural material made from the stems of palm trees. Not just reserved for outdoors, you can use it in just about every room.

What inspires me most about this furniture is that whichever style you are drawn to, rattan is undoubtedly taking hold. From coastal to retro, hamptons to bohemian, rattan enhances any space with ease.

Hamptons or coastal style

The classic Hamptons’ hallmarks of white furniture and thick tailored bed linen lend themselves beautifully to rattan. For instance, a rattan headboard would look great with some navy blue and white linens on the bed.

Whether you love the fresh white interiors, soft grey tones or warmer biscuit tones, a rattan piece of furniture or accessory will add texture and grace to your space.

Bohemian style

Bohemian style interiors sing of eclectic patterns, textures, and colours, all mooching around for your attention. This is a look where nothing needs to match, and the pieces usually have a story or some personal meaning. So the texture of a rattan piece is perfect for this style. Try including a one-off chair or sofa in rattan to instantly introduce a relaxed element to your lounge or bedroom.

You can add an accent piece or bold accessories such as a round woven tray with handles or some farmhouse woven rattan baskets. You could use the large baskets as planters for tall leafy plants.

Outdoor space

Rattan furniture is absolutely perfect for a covered outdoor living space, porch or veranda. It’s one of those materials that doesn’t go out of style so that it won’t feel dated in a few months. It’s timeless, so make the most of that by rounding up a few rattan pieces that you can easily work into your outdoor space.

If you have a conservatory, some lighter rattan chairs with a white trim might look inviting and calm. Along with some rattan planter pots with plenty of green foliage, you’ll have a fabulous conversation spot.

So what do you think? Are you ready to incorporate some natural goodness into your home this spring while enhancing a space with beautiful textures and designs?