21 Raffia, Rattan + Wicker Decor Finds for Summer

Celebrate summer with these playful, tropic-inspired furniture and home decor steals.

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May 30, 2022

Rattan, raffia and wicker furnishings are our secret for inviting organic texture and warm, coastal appeal to any space. The tropical materials and age-old technique are enduring and versatile, creating one-of-a-kind pieces fitting for Palm Beach Regency, Victorian, French country and bohemian interiors alike.

Outdoor Woven Armchairs

Outdoor Armchairs and White Coffee Table

Woven rattan armchairs get a snap of pattern from black-and-white pillows. The simple seating arrangement is completed with a round white coffee table and black woven lanterns.

Photo by: LCo Design

LCo Design

Two-Toned Baskets

Two-Toned Baskets on Patio

Two-toned baskets bring texture and contrast to this chic patio.

Photo by: LCo Design

LCo Design

Popular rattan, raffia and wicker finds include lively lounge chairs, dimensional wall art, woven storage baskets and sun-bleached tableware primed for summer.

Eager to add some organic accessories to your home? Say less. Read on to get the scoop on rattan, raffia and wicker, then peruse our top picks for each in the links below.

Rattan

Rattan is a climbing palm plant native to tropical forests scattered throughout Asia, Africa and Australia. The woody, vine-like plant attaches itself to existing vegetation and creeps toward the sun; Some rattan palms grow to astounding heights, measuring up to 500 feet at length at harvest.

Fast-growing rattan is often confused with bamboo reeds as rattan poles share similar horizontal nodes and a warm, honey-tone finish. Unlike the hollow-yet-unyielding bamboo, rattan plants have a solid core and are malleable. It's woven into baskets, bent into chair backs and webbed into decorative cane paneling.

Incorporate rattan decor into your home for summer (year-round) with a mix of easy-to-swap rattan accessories and furniture pieces. Rattan serveware adds a distinctive coastal appeal to your dining table; webbed cane light shades and cabinet doors add softness to any space.

Wicker

Unlike rattan or raffia, wicker is not a plant, it's a weaving process. Wicker is a technique that dates back thousands of years to the furniture makers in ancient Egypt.

The historic process involves weaving and plaiting natural, water-soaked materials such as raffia, rattan, willow or seagrass to create furnishings and decor pieces. This tried-and-true technique is also used with manufactured materials like polyethylene resin to create durable, all-weather outdoor furniture.

Wicker furniture and accessories are versatile and timeless, fitting for traditional, cottage, coastal and French country interiors. Use your home to guide your wicker shopping process and select woven pieces in silhouettes and finishes reflective of your style.

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Raffia

Turn up the texture on your walls or tablescape with breezy raffia accessories. Raffia is a lightweight material made from palm trees native to Madagascar and tropical locales in Africa and Asia. The wispy fiber creates home goods like woven baskets, rugs, decorative twine and tableware.

The organic material lends itself to bohemian and beachy interiors alike. Bring raffia into your home with a collection of one-of-a-kind wall baskets, fringed placemats or wrapped glassware.

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