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Rattan and Bamboo Furnishings

When the weather starts to get warmer as we get further into spring, I gravitate towards rooms that have a more informal and summery feel. One of the elements that is almost always in these rooms is something made of rattan or bamboo.

In this post, I highlight a few rooms in which rattan or bamboo is featured.

Below, the chair and window blinds provide nice texture and a summery feel:

Mark D. Sikes

In the rooms shown in the next several photos below, natural rattan chairs and coffee tables contribute to a vintage and casual vibe, in addition to adding texture.

one kings lane_pencil & paper_LIVING ROOM
Pencil and Paper via One Kings Lane
Mark D. Sikes
Mary McDonald via Laurel Bern Interiors (header image as well)

In the photo above, the bamboo table reflects chinoiserie style.

Below are a couple of additional examples of rattan pieces–a vintage love seat and a chair:

Claire Brody Designs
T magazine via the Inspired Room

Sometimes, bamboo or rattan furniture is painted, as in the photos below, which gives the pieces a different look and feel, providing a pop of color and modernity to the space where the furniture resides. I like it best when the paint is very glossy and looks highly lacquered.

New England Home via Home Away
Katie Rosenfeld via Home Bunch
Style Your Senses


Flea Market Trixie

I am always on the lookout for vintage rattan pieces at thrift stores,  estate sales, and on Craigslist, but I have not had any luck yet! I found a perfect natural rattan arm chair at an estate sale in the suburbs a few weeks ago for $25 and was so excited—until I saw a little tag on it that said, “sold.”

There are plenty of new rattan furnishings available for sale if you prefer them to vintage. Serena & Lily  and One Kings Lane have great looking chairs, beds, coffee tables, mirrors, stools and more available in rattan.  I am holding out for a bargain, so I will keep thrifting!

What do you think of rattan and bamboo furnishings?

10 thoughts on “Rattan and Bamboo Furnishings

  1. Oh I love rattan furniture, these pics are gorgeous! Like you said, a real casual, Summery feel! Lovely post!


  2. Have you ever tried spray painting rattan furniture? I have a small love seat that I’m thinking of painting.


    1. Denise, I think spray painting would be a great way to paint your love seat! I spray painted an outdoor wicker set once and it worked beautifully. It would be the easiest and quickest way to go. I love using spray paint–but unfortunately you can’t buy it in Chicago (graffiti issues). Good luck!


  3. So I have a silly question. The home magazines lead me to believe I should be switching out my furniture, drapes, rugs etc. according to the season of the year. Is this normal? “Should” we be doing this? I feel accomplished to switch out a few throw pillows!

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    1. Hi Joan, you absolutely should not feel compelled to switch out any furnishings for the seasons! The magazines are just trying to get us to buy more things that we don’t need. Since we live in an apartment we have no storage so this is definitely not an option for us. I’m hard pressed to find a place to store our Christmas decorations! I try to add a few small decor items seasonally–seashells in summer, pinecones in winter, little pumpkins in the fall,etc. but that is about the extent of my changes. Thanks so much for your question! 💙

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  4. I definitely can’t change decor every season, but sometimes adding a new element or two to a room can make it seem fresh again. I love the idea of bringing the outdoors in by using traditional “porch” furnishings for indoors. I’ve always loved rattan, but have also always associated it with lounging in the sun. This unique way of decorating puts a new spin on an old idea.

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