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:
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.
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:
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.
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?