Rattan Redux: Updating an Old Favorite

We are witnessing a serious resurgence of rattan. Highly versatile as furniture, it can read as elegant, funky or down-to-earth organic - which means it crops up in all settings. Add to the fact that it's lightweight, and can often be found vintage for a good price, and its appeal grows.

Here are a few ways to indulge your love of rattan, while avoiding the kitsch factor, or going all Golden Girls on your decor:

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1. Step away from the palm tree barkcloth. Cut the vintage vibe with upscale fabric or faux fur.

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2. Forego the rattan on rattan action; mix it in with different styles.

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3. Say no to rolled arms and fussy detailing. Try a cleaner, more modern shape or chrome details.

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4. Paint it. Don't be shy.

(Images: Weekday Carnival; Angie Hranowsky; Lonny; Honestly...WTF; Afflante; Cottages & Gardens; Emily Henderson; and Lilac and Grey.)

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