Even though priority numero UNO while on vacay last week was rest and relaxation, I wasn’t without some of my favorite design mags. I get flooded with magazines each month and usually only have time for a quick flip. Thankfully while listening to the sounds of laughter and waves, I got to indulge in months worth of reading and flipping.
One trend that I saw featured in multiple recent design magazines is the use of wicker. And not just for the outdoors, but instead for the indoors. And not just for sunrooms, but also in the living room, dining room, and even the bedroom. Always thought of for exterior use only, wicker is being used in very stylish and creative ways for inside the home.
From beds to tables, from chairs to trays, wicker is truly in-style and on-trend for the home. It can easily be incorporated into a casual beach setting or a traditional aesthetic. With it’s three dimensional weave and natural coloring, it brings a whimsical, organic, and textural look to any space. And if color is added, it gets even better!
In this round of Seven Series, I’ll be sharing 7 of my favorite wicker items. Some with color. Some left natural. All with great style that will bring a casual elegance to any space.
Here are my 7 exclusive picks for wicker:
1. Wicker Coffee Table – Z Gallerie
2. Wicker Chair – Ikea
3. Woven Wicker Pendant Lamp – Pier One
4. Wicker Mirror – Lucine Vintage
5. Wicker Bed – Anthropologie
6. Woven Rattan Table – Layla Grace
7. Wicker Lounge Chair – Ikea
Some of my most favorite inspirational vignettes & spaces have wicker elements. Check out a few…
Crisp white dining space with wicker chairs at a farmhouse table – via Milk Magazine
Two beds. Two Ways. One is dramatic with a striking fuschia wall with bold accents, while the other is a more quieter, serene space. via Serene and Lily
What a fun restaurant space! All white and clean with large, bold wicker pendant lights above. via Boex
Farmhouse table + wicker chairs = country chic. This setting is by Pottery Barn. The wicker chairs by PB are somewhat costly, but the Ikea style shown above my 7 Favorite Picks are just as nice at $100/each.
A little wicker can sometimes go a long way. A cute painted wicker table in a room might be all you need. via Urban Outfitters
A unique wicker side chair can also be the perfect compliment for any style space. via Shop Society Social
Wicker in color – this is a favorite! Love the unique blue hue. via Maine Cottage Blog
Wicker furniture for the indoors comes in all shapes and styles. How adorable is this bassinet? via L’atelier du petit parc
And check out two favorite spaces by Bloggers that use wicker…
Laura of Finding Home created an awesome DIY playhouse / poolhouse for her soon-to-be Teens. It is such a fun, whimsical, and unique space. One of my most favorite elements in the room are the two wicker chairs she incorporated. They are from Ikea and are less than $70/each. Laura dressed them up with a seat cushion and back pillow, and they are the perfect addition for this outside retreat.
Another uber-creative space that has incorporated wicker is the recently remodeled bedroom by Mandi of Vintage Revivals. Taking a thrift store find, Mandi made a personalized unique headboard and added a splash of spearmint color. Amazingly dramatic, don’t you think?
I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting both Laura and Mandi at Haven, and I have to say, both rooms completely reflect who they are. It’s kind of amazing how that happens. Each space makes total sense for who they are and has complete meaning to them. It’s always important to create a space that reflects you and who you are. You know how I feel about creating a meaningful home!
Anyway, I hope you’re inspired by how wicker, as referred to sometimes as rattan, can truly be incorporated into any style space. Mostly thought of only for the outdoors, wicker furniture and decor has no limits. As the barrier between the indoors and out continues to lift, there is no right or wrong as to what “has” to be used where.
- Outdoor rugs are now brought indoors for use under a dining table or in foyer.
- Oversized, sofa like lounge chairs only thought of for indoor use are now seen outdoors on patios and decks.
- Dining tables that look like indoor farmhouse styles are now being made to look like wood but made with outdoor-friendly materials
My opinion on wicker.
For me, I like the look of wicker in small doses. I have a wicker stool in my front entry and I love it’s texture and coloring. That being said, I personally wouldn’t design an entire living room with wicker. Sofa, chair, table, etc. all in wicker – actually all in one style of anything – isn’t my cup of tea. I love the look of wicker / rattan in the dining room and have been thinking (especially with having kids because it’s so durable) that wicker chairs might be a great compliment to my dark wood table. We’ll see.
Are you a fan of wicker for the indoors? Do you have any wicker elements in your home? Is it a trend or something that’s always been around, but is now more popular? Share your thoughts…