An insightful quote on interiors by William Morris continues to resound today. It pays, the textile designer said, to have nothing in your home that you do not either believe to be beautiful, or know to be useful. As an increasing number of homeowners are realising, rattan is one of few home decor trends capable of ticking both boxes. Once a staple found in the most modern of homes, the multifaceted material fell mysteriously out of favour in the 1980s. Now, after appearing at the prestigious Parisian design fair Maison & Objet last year, it's making a long-awaited comeback.
The environment is a salient topic in the world of interior design. Cutting-edge materials should be sustainable, innovators in the industry believe, while exuding an eco-friendly feel. Once again, rattan fits the mould.
Bringing the outdoors indoors is a technique favoured by environmentally conscious designers. By including eco materials into your interior decor, you can forge a connection with nature that will resound throughout your property.
Part of the appeal of rattan is its versatility. Not only can the sturdy material be crafted into unusual shapes, it can also be weaved into entrancing patterns. While rattan's most popular use in home decor is for constructing furniture, particularly wicker chairs, it's also aesthetically pleasing as wall art.
Rattan can be crafted into some spectacular shapes but is particularly effective when used to create confident lines, evoking an idea of Bauhaus design. Look out for furnishings with elongated arms, exaggerated backs and soft curves for the most up-to-date take on this throwback trend.
As a rule, it pays to offset the complexity of your rattan furniture with the rest of your home's decor. Pared-down, minimal interiors welcome this bold, outlandish design. Conversely, the inclusion of understated pieces made from the material can provide busy spaces with a sense of balance.
As rattan first became popular in the 1970s, it offers modern interior designers ample opportunity to experiment with styles from this era.
Rattan also complements vibrant floral hues and striking prints. Those eager to build on the eco theme can even work real flowers into their designs. Climbing plants such as ivy and sweet peas look fantastic when threaded through rattan fixtures – indoors or outdoors.
Tapping into trends
Incorporating the latest interior design into your property could be the key to unlocking success in the real-estate market. It pays large dividends to keep a finger on the pulse of the home decor world, particularly when you're sprucing up a property for sale. The resurgence of a material such as rattan highlights an opportunity for property owners to place themselves a step ahead of the competition.
As a leader in the property industry, Engel & Völkers has a wealth of experience advising homeowners on how to incorporate the latest trends into their interior design. Visit one of our branches across 36 nations for help with selling your home or take a look at the E&V website for more information on what we can do for you.