It suffered a period of being a bit kitsch for a while, but rattan wicker is back and as stylish as ever. It's had quite the history since first being discovered as remnants from the days of ancient Egypt, but these days is as common as the best of things and makes for some truly stylish and handy additions to the home. But where to use it? We've go you sorted...
The dining room
The best thing to note about wicker made from rattan reed is that it's a natural fibre, so significantly cheaper than other manufactured timber and materials, but is also naturally durable. Gone are the days where you're limited to keeping wicker furniture outdoors only and you can now bring it into the warmth of inside where the kids and even you can put it through its paces with it living to tell the tale.
There are some stylish options available to buy from BHG Shop, pictured below. Click this link to see more.
Wicker is a wonderful, hygienic option to store essentially anything. We all know it's durable, but because it's treated and sealed, it does a lot better for storage because it's not as porous and warm as upholstery. Use it for towels in the bathroom, a washing basket for clothes ready for the washing machine, or just something pretty to keep your old issues of Better Homes and Gardens in (get a year's subscription (13 issues!) for 24% OFF here...), it's an easy option.
There's nothing quite like the delicate patterns across a wall and other furniture in the room you get from a woven rattan lampshade. It adds a new dimension to any room and can casually take the tropical or beachy feel you're going for at home to the roof! They come in many colours and many room-commanding styles, so take a look at some of the ones available for purchase from us at BHG Shop by clicking this link.
Despite how hard and boney casual chairs and stools made of rattan might look, sitting on them can be one super comfy experience! Most of the time, they're woven to ergonomically work with the curves of the body, meaning it snugly hubs your back and bum as you move around on it. And the best bit? Unlike other materials like leather and cotton, it won't absorb too much of your body heat, so they're a perfect perch for the summer months.
It can take on essentially any shape, any height and any level of reliability, depending on whether you want it to hold up heavy things, or whether it's just for your cups of tea and coffee, like this adorable coffee table. The bets bit? They're sealed, so they're easy to wipe-up spillages off!