Wicker & Rattan Done Right

Wicker & Rattan Done Right

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Kim R. McCormick
Jul 29, 2011

Wicker and rattan furniture can easily look like it belongs out on grandma's back porch. But with the right lines and styling, this seemingly outdated furniture can bring in good-looking natural and textural elements.

Rapidly-growing rattan includes hundreds of vine-like palms found mostly in Indonesia, and wicker is woven from rattan, water hyacinth, reeds, or other natural or synthetic materials.

In your home, wicker and rattan can add a vintage vibe that balances out more formal parts of a room — such as how the hanging chair contrasts with the white tufted sofa and antique mirror in the first image. I also love how it looks on chairs with dark metal legs (Image 5).

Images: 1. and 4. via Emily Henderson 2. Ditte Isager for Design*Sponge 3. Paul Costello 5. Design*Sponge

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