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Retro Home Trend Returns: Rattan Furniture

As we near the end of the year, let’s take a look back at one home trend that bounced back into our lives in 2014: rattan furniture. While rattan furniture was popular in the 1960s and 1970s, it has never made such a larger comeback than today. Before 2014, you probably saw a rattan chair in grandma’s house – but look out – your best friend is probably ordering a rattan piece right now. Online. Here are some tips to help you incorporate rattan furniture into your home:

What is rattan?
Rattan is created from palm species found in Africa and Asia and is the primary material used to create wicker. Its cross-cultural style exudes an exotic feel. Many people categorize rattan furniture into a tropical style collection, but I think you could also describe it as a tribal piece. Either way, many associate rattan furniture with relaxation. Thoughts of imagining yourself lounging in an African retreat or tropical oasis come to mind when surrounded by rattan (but when don’t these thoughts come to mind??).

Mix the old with the new
Combining antiques with modern pieces inside your home is going to be a trend to watch for in 2015. You’ve probably already seen the wave, but the tidal wave is coming soon. You may already have modern furniture or pieces in your home. If so, head over to a vintage shop or antique store and search for rattan furniture to add to your collection. On the weekend, explore yard sales or online local sites like Craigslist. A quick search on eBay generates over five pages of rattan furniture! And, don’t be afraid to mix and match fabrics and patterns. Take a look at this modern rattan chair for some inspiration:

Photo by Rachel Whiting

Photo by Rachel Whiting

Your room doesn’t need a ‘tropical’ feel
I recently read a Zillow Q&A about a woman who wanted to put rattan furniture inside her living room to create a ‘tropical’ theme. A Zillow agent responded back that if the house has a traditional feel, stay away from using rattan furniture inside. This post was from 2011. In 2014, we are ignoring this statement! Go ahead and be bold: add a vintage rattan chair to your traditional home. I’ve even seen ceiling fans like’s Oil Rubbed Bronze Nedmac Outdoor Ceiling Fan with Aged Rattan Blades paired well with modern and traditional furniture. The fan’s rich color and texture is eye catching and it makes for a great addition to your room.'s 52" Oil-Rubbed Bronze Coix Outdoor Ceiling Fan with Aged Rattan Blades’s 52″ Oil-Rubbed Bronze Coix Outdoor Ceiling Fan with Aged Rattan Blades’s 52″ Oil Rubbed Bronze Nedmac Outdoor Ceiling Fan with Aged Rattan Blades


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