by EMILY CHALMERS
Rattan - the material of beach houses and sun rooms - friendly, welcoming and full of the promise of warmer days.
This Spring I’m enjoying this natural, strong, fibrous material popping up in my Instagram feed and on Scandi-style blogs in the form of beckoning bohemian daybeds…
… and shapely woven armchairs, instantly transformed, cosy Hygge-style, with a casual sheepskin and/or throw. Rather apt for the weather here right now.
If you’re just dipping a toe into the realm of rattan, there are wonderful mirrors to be found, old and new, each with a knowing nod to the ’50's and ’60’s. French seaside town-stylie…
All rather sweet and simply less of a style commitment, unless you plan a wall-full to pair with your matching headboard. Oh, I do love a rattan headboard…
My idea of rattan heaven can be found at Elsie Green. Thankfully we can admire Elsie’s well chosen rattan collections from afar. I’d also like to add I have it on good authority that Maisons Du Monde are well-versed at shipping to the UK, if you fancy that French finishing touch delivered directly.
This Spring Ikea have treated us to a wonderful selection of rattan, including “that” Stockholm chair. Back on the high street, Anthropologie can be relied on to have their eclectic finger on the pulse. If you missed out on the amazing (creaky?) full rattan experience bed, there are now more handy accessories to introduce to your home.
I shall leave you with LA’s very own woven paradise, the beautiful white rattan and lattice interior of Ladurée, Beverley Hills, designed by India Mahdavi. Just look at the prettiest pairing of pink and pistachio, clever linear use of gold, and simple yet graphic monochrome floor covering. Perfect!
- Fancy freshening up your finds? A few tips on painting rattan furniture here.
- No room for extra bits, perhaps you prefer paint? Little Greene have their “Rattan” in a pot.
Our columnist Emily Chalmers has published seven books on interior design and has authored features in leading magazines, such as Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and the Sunday Times Style Magazine. She also runs her own interior design business Caravan. Emily regularly contributes to the Top Drawer Academy on styling and trends.