No longer just for patio furniture, rattan is taking over as a trendy material in home decor. We'll show you how to get the look by infusing your space with rattan furniture, lighting, and accents.

By Katie Bandurski and Jennifer OBrien

Derived from palms, rattan is a gorgeous natural material used to make furniture, baskets, and home accents. Rattan is highly versatile—it can be painted any color—and its durable woven pattern brings lush texture to any room. We've rounded up dazzling ideas for decorating with rattan, including swinging pendant lights, comfy chairs, and intricate accents, that will encourage you to use the tropical material in your own home. 

Cozy Chic

Bye-bye, boring metal bed frame. This widely woven rattan frame is what bedroom decorating dreams are made of. A navy accent wall helps the natural texture of rattan stand out, while plush accents (looking at you, giant pile of pillows and faux fur ottomans) keep the bedroom cozy.

Tropical Vibes

Rattan is the perfect neutral because its pretty wooden color can be dressed up or down. Plus, it looks good with both light and dark accents. This rattan bench pays homage to tropical style with its key-lime-colored cushion and punchy pink pillows. A nearby lamp, storage basket, and area rug complement the natural texture of the rattan seating.

Basket Beauty

Rattan isn't limited to furniture. The material can be worked into many shapes and styles, and it is a popular choice for baskets. This handy rattan bowl is perfect for catching keys and other entryway knickknacks. It also pairs well with boho accents, such as this vintage ostrich hanging.

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Warm and Dark

Transition rattan furniture from summer to fall with cozy details and an inviting autumn-inspired color scheme. This rattan chair and ottoman set is dressed to impress with chic black accents added to the weave. Matching neutrals—like a gray couch and brown rugs—provide a subtle base, while burnt orange pillows add a pop of warm color.

Neutral Charm

Just like wood, rattan can be stained or painted to fit the decorating style of any space. These white rattan chairs complement the room's neutral color scheme and sleek contemporary dining room table. 

Nursery Style

A rattan bassinet will help your little one drift off in style. The woven furniture piece brings vintage style to an otherwise contemporary space. Colorful modern accents in this nursery, like an eclectic rug and embroidered curtains, contrast a rattan children's bed and straw seating.

Petal Power

Rattan chairs can be found in a number of unique shapes—we can't get enough of this vintage flower-inspired piece. Surrounded by other midcentury accents, such as bold graphic pillows and hanging baskets in shades of orange and pink, the rattan chair is a funky nod to retro style.

Bright Lights

Looking to add a little texture to your room? Opt for a rattan pendant light. Sizes range from sleek to cylindrical, and the lights work well alone or in a grouping.

Swing Forward

A rattan porch swing is the epitome of comfort. Layers of plush pillows and warm throw blankets join with a comfy footrest to create the perfect nook to curl up in and read a book outdoors.

Have a Seat

Rattan and wicker chairs can be found aplenty at tag and yard sales and even on Craigslist. By giving them a fresh coat of paint, you can easily update the look and pair them with existing furnishings, such as these brilliant aqua-blue chairs with this traditional dining table.

Light it Up

We love original lighting ideas! Taking an old woven basket or bowl and creating a light fixture is a simple & inexpensive way to incorporate this style into any room.

Mirror, Mirror

What could be better than layering your walls with texture? Try using shallow baskets as a collective grouping of art. You could also add a round mirror to a basket for a fun DIY project.

Shelving Unit

This rattan shelving unit adds so much interest to the wall through its warm honey tones and circular shape. You may not find this at a yard sale, but spring and summer are the BEST times to score some rattan goodies, so be sure to keep your eyes open. It's a stylish & fun way to get that vintage modern look.

Head of the Bed

There is so much you can do with a rattan/wicker headboard these days. You can leave it natural for a coastal-bohemian feel or spray paint one to fit any design preference.

Aged to Perfection

Embracing vintage rattan with its original worn patina is a great way to create a casual vibe. These aged bar stools are the perfect addition to this crisp and coastal inspired kitchen.

Fresh Paint

When on the hunt for rattan or wicker, remember that there's nothing a good can of spray paint can't fix. Paint changes EVERYTHING. This boldly painted gold stool compliments the space and gives a fun punch of color.

Comments (2)

May 30, 2019
What happened to the photos after the rattan porch swing?... :-(
May 30, 2019
What happened to the photos after the rattan porch swing?... :-(