Wicker. Rattan. What's Your Take on the Boomerang Design Trend?

Get our favorite ideas for incorporating wicker and rattan into almost every room in the house.

As the boho trend has continued to grow in popularity over the past few years, wicker and rattan are both enjoying a comeback on the design frontlines. And if you’re thinking of Golden Girls-style wicker and rattan patio furniture that you would find out on your Grandma’s lanai…think again. 

Curved Wicker Swings

Curved Wicker Swings

A pair of curved and cushioned wicker swings offer a place to sit back and relax on the elevated, lakeside deck.

Photo by: John Bessler

John Bessler

As a 70’s decor lover, I've been lately feeling like the self-appointed president of the wicker and rattan lover’s fan club. If I see a piece at a thrift store or the flea market, I have to use all of my self-control not to buy it. (And truth time: I’m often not very successful in that endeavor.)

Often available at very reasonable price points, wicker and rattan decor are versatile enough to work with a variety of different design styles. You can find both vintage and modern pieces, either of which would easily fit into your home.

Storage

A super easy way to add wicker into your space is through storage. Wicker baskets are readily available and always manage to bring in a warm, natural element to a room. You could also add more graphic or tribal baskets to use as decor, a hamper or even to hold some extra towels in your bathroom.

Black and White Wicker Baskets

Black and White Wicker Baskets

Large wicker baskets provide storage space over the warm golden hardwood floors.

Photo by: House of Jade Interiors

House of Jade Interiors

Outside

While I do stick by my Golden Girls comment, I will admit that an outdoor space is the perfect spot to introduce some wicker or rattan. Wicker outdoor furniture is readily available (I would recommend sticking with more modern shapes and styles), as well as fun accessories like the wicker egg swings (above).

Mediterranean Outdoor Dining Room

Mediterranean Outdoor Dining Room

Tucked inside an elegant covered patio, this Mediterranean-style outdoor dining room will make guests line up for an invitation. Large wicker chairs and a stylish overhead light fixture provide practical comfort.

Photo by: Tammy Randall Wood

Tammy Randall Wood

If you’re in a milder climate, wicker tends to do fairly well outside, even when it’s exposed to the elements.

Bedroom

If you love the look of vintage pieces, consider trying something bold like a wicker bed. When you pair it with modern decor (like a collection of round gold mirrors or a simple reclaimed wood side table), you avoid things looking dated or fussy.

Blue Wicker Bed with Dog

Blue Wicker Bed with Dog

Round mirrors and man's best friend accentuate the cozy feel of this coastal master bedroom. A wicker bed frame encases the mattress, while a soft wall color and wicker bed create a peaceful summer retreat.

Photo by: Eric Roth Photography

Eric Roth Photography

Living Room

Here is another example of using wicker or rattan in a very modern space and keeping things fresh and unique. These two rattan tables take the place of a single coffee table and allow a lot more flexibility in this narrow, beachside living room.

Modern Oceanfront Living Room With Rattan Ottomans

Modern Oceanfront Living Room With Rattan Ottomans

Vintage rattan ottomans pair perfectly with a sleeper sofa from Linea and lightweight linen sheer drapes in this modern living room. The neutral space has large windows for letting in natural light and enjoying the oceanfront views.

Photo by: Brad Nicol

Brad Nicol

Clean, simple furniture pairs very well with the detail of the rattan.

Dining Room

Here’s an example of an "all in," super bold and bright yellow breakfast area. This space includes a big nod to vintage, 50s or 60s spaces but also maintains a fun and updated vibe. Painted rattan chairs and a table base pair with a largescale, low-hung wicker light fixture.

Bright Yellow Dining Room

Bright Yellow Dining Room

This dining room calls your attention with the bright yellow color scheme. The wicker furniture and lamp shade add a rustic vibe to the space.

Entryway

This is another great example of a bold, vintage wicker piece in the form of a completely unique monkey console table. Since the table makes such a statement, the decor is kept simple so none of the design choices conflict with one another.

Eclectic Hallway With Monkey Table, Glass Stars & Bird Sculpture

Eclectic Hallway With Monkey Table, Glass Stars & Bird Sculpture

An eclectic, wicker monkey table adds a fun touch to this white hallway. A vintage white mirror highlights the space while glass stars and a bird sculpture give a nod to the beachfront location.

Photo by: Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Entertaining

The dinner table is also a perfect spot to easily add some wicker details. These neutral placemats work well with a variety of different styles and colors, either for a simple dinner party or a holiday meal. You can also find a variety of other wicker table details including trays, cup holders and small baskets to hold silverware or other serving accessories.

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©Rustic White Photography

Rustic White Photography

Accent Pieces

You don’t necessarily need to be room specific when bringing in wicker and rattan. Choosing an accent piece or two will allow you to bring this material into any space in your home. This graphic chair is a fabulous piece and could work in an entryway or mudroom, around a small dining table or even as a sidechair in a master or guest bedroom.

Coastal Gallery Wall and Striped Wicker Chair

Coastal Gallery Wall and Striped Wicker Chair

Metallic gold frames pull together this gallery wall of paintings depicting coastal life. Beneath them, a wicker chair echoes the colors of the artwork; chevron stripes help it feel current and chic.

Photo by: Chipper Hatter Photography

Chipper Hatter Photography

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Chevron

Could stripes and polka dots be poised to take the throne once again? Or are you still a loyal subject of these zigzags?

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Mason Jars

Crafters and bloggers have turned these practical vessels into just about anything you can imagine, from vases to the ingenious desk organizer shown here. So, are Mason jars playful or played out?

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Monograms

Are monograms and initials a capital (letter) idea or just excessive branding?

Birds

We know where Portlandia comes down on the issue, but what say you, design fans? Are they still hot or not?

Chalkboards

They're handy in the classroom, but the trend of using chalkboards and chalkboard paint at home shows no signs of slowing. Do you think chalkboards are cool or should they stay in school?

Tree Branches

Tree branch motifs have been hot for the past few years, but people are going more modern and less rustic these days. Are you still a tree-hugger or do you wish this trend would make like a tree and leaf?

Mustaches

Pillows, wallpaper, mirrors and more have been emblazoned with whimsical whiskers. Do you think the bristles are brilliant or should they stay on Tom Selleck's face?

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Photo By: Jonny Valiant; styling by Heather Chontos

Macramé

The '70s classic is back. We're seeing the technique being used not just for planters, but for wall art, room dividers and much more. Are you ready to tie the knot or would you rather not get tangled up with macramé?

Sunburst Mirror

Big or small, mirror or wood, gold or silver, these age-old decor pieces create a focial point and add sparkle to your home. Are you ready for this look to (sun)set or should it stick around for a while longer?

Taxidermy

Whether it's a "trophy" on the wall or a glossy, magestical unicorn, taxidermy has adorned both nurseries and man caves. Is this trend overplayed or just plain wrong?

Lucite Furniture

This see-through trend seemed to be dormant for a bit, but there's evidence of it returning to the scene. Is acrylic furniture clearly elegant or transparently tacky?

Brass

Designers are bringing on the glam with brass. Can you make it work or does it need to stay in the past?

Graphic Prints

"For Like Ever" is this year's "Keep Calm and Carry On." Do these phrases keep you inspired, or do you already need some fresh encouragement?

Tie-Dye

From modern shibori prints to more classic takes, tie-dye is making waves again. Do you think tie-dye's totally groovy or can it stay in the '60s?

©Rustic White Photography

Wicker

Wicker furniture was big up until the late '70s, and then it seemed to be relegated to the backyard. Now it's making its way back indoors. Are you pro-wicker furniture or do you think all this rattan looks ratty?

Poufs

It seems the pouf has always been a divisive piece. What are your thoughts on the pouf? Is it a fun, versatile accent? Or is it a lumpy waste of space?

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Burlap

This natural material has made its way into just about every home and craft project. But now we ask: are you ready to safely step away from the burlap?

Decorative Maps

They've been plastered on walls and are now all over accessories. So, are maps sophisticated or stuffy?

Granite

The granite trend is simple — supply and demand. With stunning alternatives like quartz, ceramic, concrete, marble and wood to choose from, granite may be just a distant memory. Can you let go of your granite obsession?

Balloons

Balloons are everywhere: blogs, magazine shoots, entertaining spreads, even engagement photography (especially engagement photography). Are balloons fun or overdone?

Dark Walls

Black walls have been black sheep in the design world, but they're starting to make some inroads. Are black (and other super-dark) walls gorgeous or too goth for your taste?

Open Floor Plans

This trend ranks high on the list of must-have amenities for lots of people looking for homes. Does an open concept give a home an appealing flow and extra light? Or does it make you feel lost in space?

Fiddle-Leaf Fig Trees

Designers staging spaces love to throw these trees in the mix. But does their ubiquity make them tired? Or is it just evidence that they look good everywhere?

Decals

Wall decals can be cute and are definitely convenient (especially for renters) but they seem to have reached peak saturation. Are you tired of this trend? Or are you still stuck on decals?

Photo By: Courtesy of Mykea

Denim

Is denim in the home jean-ius (sorry!) or is it better on the body?

Barn Doors

Barn doors have been making their way indoors and have landed on top of trend lists in the process. What do you think of these rustic accents? Are they a big yes or an E-I-E-I-No?

Florals and Chintz

Chintz typically refers to a type of floral fabric, but blooms have been gracing wallpaper, china — even tech accessories. Are you a fan of all this flower power or do you wish floral patterns would wilt and die?

Animal Print

Leopards and zebras and Dalmatians?! Oh my! They're all over the runways, but do you want animal prints in your home?

Tree Stumps

Are you a fan of the tree stump as a home accent? Or are you stumped by their appeal?

Photo By: Regan Wood

Concrete

Concrete and faux concrete finishes have steadily been gaining popularity. But is it industrial chic or way too bleak?

Tapestries

Though tapestries have been around for centuries, recently we've noticed a rug revival of sorts. Are they woven wall art or dust magnets?

Busts

Busts have been around for a long time, but seem to be popping up in unexpected places. Are these statues classically cool or, well — a bust?

Colorful Appliances

Pick a color, any color — designers are outfitting kitchens with appliances in a rainbow of hues. Do you dare try a pink fridge or would you rather stick with stainless steel?

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Sheepskin

Toss it on a chair, sofa or even the floor and your room is instantly cool and comfortable. Agree, or can you just not get on board?

Big Letters

EAT. Do you need oversized letters to remind you of life's daily tasks, or do they add the perfect touch of whimsy?

Photo By: Sean Litchfield Photography

Mirrored Furniture

Mirrored tables, mirrored dressers, mirrored accents — they're everywhere. Can you handle the reflection?

Faux Paint

Natural materials are in, faux finishes are out. Are you ready to trade in your faux paint finish for a solid coat of paint?

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