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Rattan rising



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

image: photographer Line Klein / image: Lene Bjerre Clara Couch at Sweetpea & Willow

… and shapely woven armchairs, instantly transformed, cosy Hygge-style, with a casual sheepskin and/or throw. Rather apt for the weather here right now.

image:  rattan wing chair at Graham and Green / image:  Scandi-style via My Scandinavian Home

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…

image:  natural rattan mirrors at The Estate of Things	/ image:  Linares mirror at Maisons Du Monde

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

image:  rattan offerings at Elsie Green / image:  Peacock headboard at Maisons Du Monde

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.

image:  rattan clothes hanger at tinekhome / image:  rattan wall hook on EtsyThis 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.

images:  rattan bed, wall basket and shelf with rail, all AnthropologieI 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!

image:  Ladurée LA, photographers Sam Frost & Trevor Tondro	 / image:  white rattan lampshade at vtwonen


  • 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.

mage:  “Rattan” paint by Little Greene


Emily Chalmers

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.

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