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Life, inspired: Get The Look: Retro Rattan
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Get the look: Retro Rattan

Praised for its versatility in almost any decorating style, rattan is making a comeback and we are totally here for it.

No longer just a worn-out remnant of the 1970s – rattan décor is back, and we couldn’t be more pleased about it. If you’ve been anywhere near a furniture store recently, you’ll most definitely have noticed a rattan renaissance.

Originally, rattan was defined as the stem of a certain kind of palm used to make furniture. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see the term ‘rattan’ used to describe any type of material – natural or synthetic – that has a twig or stick-like quality.

Irrespective of your decorating style, rattan’s biggest drawcard is its versatility. Pair it with bright whites, macramé, and potted palms, and you’ve got yourself one very dreamy coastal boho look. Used as an accent, it’s perfect for rustic farmhouses or Hamptons-style homes. 

Feature furniture

The trick with rattan is to not overdo it; otherwise, your room may end up looking like a tree-house. If your budget permits, we recommend selecting a few key pieces of furniture or, alternatively, accentuating what you’ve already got with some smaller decorative items.

An absolute showstopper for a bedroom space is the Home Republic Georgia Natural Rattan Bedhead available at Adairs. Constructed out of natural rattan, its curved form with vertical rattan vines creates an interesting focal point.

Throw it on

Creating texture in your bedroom doesn’t need to be so hard when you’ve found a good quality throw blanket. Contrast your dark bedding, or achieve a monochromatic look with the Mercer + Reid ‘Macrame Knot Throw’ in Natural from Adairs. Lightweight with trending macrame fringing, this throw will give you only the best spring vibes in your bedroom.

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The more the merrier

Too many pillows? Never heard of it! If you’re more of a ‘pile on the pillows’ person or just love a good statement pillow here and there, Domayne’s range of colourful and textured pillows and cushions are sure to draw you in. This Linen House Boulevard Bronze Cushion at Domayne is a great statement cushion to add to your collection.

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Spring tidings

As it warms up, it’s hard not to daydream about warm days at the beach with family, relaxing in the sea breeze. Why not bring part of the feeling home with these Tide Lanterns from Pillow Talk to light up the nights when you wish you could sail away to beach bliss.

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Throw it on

Creating texture in your bedroom doesn’t need to be so hard when you’ve found a good quality throw blanket. Contrast your dark bedding, or achieve a monochromatic look with the Mercer + Reid ‘Macrame Knot Throw’ in Natural from Adairs. Lightweight with trending macrame fringing, this throw will give you only the best spring vibes in your bedroom.

STORE PROFILE

The more the merrier

Too many pillows? Never heard of it! If you’re more of a ‘pile on the pillows’ person or just love a good statement pillow here and there, Domayne’s range of colourful and textured pillows and cushions are sure to draw you in. This Linen House Boulevard Bronze Cushion at Domayne is a great statement cushion to add to your collection.

STORE PROFILE

Spring tidings

As it warms up, it’s hard not to daydream about warm days at the beach with family, relaxing in the sea breeze. Why not bring part of the feeling home with these Tide Lanterns from Pillow Talk to light up the nights when you wish you could sail away to beach bliss.

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Balmy afternoons and beachside vibes

Rattan is excellent for bringing that beachside vibe, and its natural look goes hand in hand with outdoor spaces. Style rattan outdoor furniture with big cushions to create a laidback sun-lounging area.

Flaunting a retro-inspired aesthetic, the Talara Collection from Domayne instils a sense of calm in every setting. With an earthy appeal, further complemented by beige and natural tones throughout, you’ll find yourself blending into the serenity of your own backyard as you take a seat. With multiple seating options and combinations, the Talara Collection caters to all occasions.

Lighten up

As the weather heads towards the balmy summer season and warm nights, freshen up your living spaces accordingly. Go light or go natural and welcome in the sunny days right into your very living room.

Bring in the light from floor to ceiling quite literally by hanging a new copper pendant up in your bathroom as well as a bright yet cosy rug in the living room to achieve the look you’re going for. 

Mixing up the lighting decor with contemporary pendants can instantly modernise a traditional space without have to spend the big bucks. Copper or brushed steels great for reflecting light, opening up a space and making the room feel more spacious. 

The little things

You don’t always have to go all-out on the big items when you’re heading towards a different interior style in your home. Little steps can contribute to the overall look, so start by getting the smaller items first such as candles, planter baskets and wall decorations like clocks and rope hangings.

Slowly incorporating decor items will make the transition from zero to one hundred more seamless and less noticeable, while still effective. Particularly for the ‘retro rattan’ look, invest in that one hallway table and gradually decorate it with frames, candle holders or plants over time to achieve the look.

  1. Abby 1 Light Pendant in Solid Brass $249, Beacon Lighting
  2. Cayman Rattan Collection Honey 2 Tiered Console $499.99, Adairs
  3. Old Town Clock $99.95, Provincial Living
  4. Anthea Rattan Lantern $99, Domayne
  5. Norway Natural Rug $249, DecoRug

Add some plant stand pizzazz

Is your space lacking life? Rattan is a great option when looking to bring an organic element into your home. Planters are a nice, understated way of adding rattan without going overboard, making them the perfect choice for minimalist spaces too!

Rattan planters, plant stands, and baskets are experiencing a resurgence, so you should be able to find one perfectly suited to your home almost anywhere. These stylish Sonora Baskets from Pillow Talk would be a perfect fit for a corner in your house, or to spruce up your ever-growing plant collection that you’ve accumulated throughout the year.

Find the on trend Rattan looks in-store at Penrith Homemaker Centre today.