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Rattan furniture is timeless – it is as glamorous as it is bohemian and can do all or both when used to accent both spacious and tight homes. And while some eras have dismissed its glamour, rattan is now having its deserved moment in the sun. In every room of the house, from the bathroom — create a day spa without leaving home! — to the kitchen, rattan can create a 70s Hollywood spread, a contemporary hippie vibe or bring the Mediterranean into spaces that come to life with the sense of salt and air. Go Casual and Luxuriate Rattan with wood or white are classic combinations. A giant ottoman can bring depth to mostly white spaces. And with a set of light, yet luxuriously structured dining chairs, a long, clean white dining table becomes the setting for the longest lunch-into-dinner parties where the only rules are enjoyment and no rules.
Let Rattan Reign from Above
Rattan makes glorious lampshades, no matter how casual or creative an impact you’re going for. Voluptuous rattan pieces can hang as a central feature – like a hanging sculpture - in a kitchen or dining room. Or light an otherwise busy or fancy space with a feminine piece that doesn’t need to dominate.
Rattan Every Which Way
The natural and neutral aesthetic of rattan means that it can never be too much — style lots of different pieces together in an outdoor area that will get plenty of action and needs to stay airy. Or base a large room around rattan furniture that has no sharp edges and will quietly bring story and personality when many styles cohabitate.
Chill Out a Bright Space
Add a couple of cosy chairs or a few ottomans — and don’t be afraid to mix styles; rattan comes in a world of designer shapes — to a room that is styled with bold, bright furniture or painted with primary colours. Rattan is the perfect balancer for any metallic, industrial or polished decor or any room that pops, and just needs a few toning elements.
The Cleanest Bedroom Comfort
As breezy as it is stylish, and functional as it is decorative, Rattan in a bedroom brings a natural “Shhhhhh” and its earthy tones always feel gentle and clean, so are especially a good choice for those who struggle with clutter or are decorating small spaces that look easily dishevelled and need extra light.
Embrace the Natural Retro
While it can be as clean and contemporary as white and silver, Rattan is retro by virtue of its long, versatile history — providing comfort for decadent garden parties and bringing the outside in when the 70s was all about house parties in every room. Could you get more cosily retro than this living room — a couch basking in Rattan glory, a finely woven, yet full and curvy lampshade are just two elements and yet they anchor the full spectrum of mustards and shades of brown that are both alluring and quietening the space.