Have you noticed rattan furniture making appearances in magazines lately? I’ve spotted it everywhere from Coastal Living to Elle Decor, and am hunting for rattan outdoor furniture to create a Palm Beach chic space. I envision sipping Perrier-Jouet or a cocktail in a martini glass wearing an original Lilly Pulitzer shift dress, huge Jackie O. black sunglasses, and gab about tennis, handbags, and Mad Men style with girlfriends. It’s fabulously and eloquently retro. And it’s making a come back, because you can find it outside of antique stores.
What is Rattan?
First things first. WWF.org explains,”Rattan is a naturally renewable palm that grows in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Australasia, and is used for furniture, handicrafts, and building material among others.”
I tend to think it’s always more fun to have a unique piece from an antique store with a story than a new piece of furniture, but these will either give you a guide to spot in an antique store or buy online!
If money grew on palm trees…
This would be the rattan outdoor chair to purchase if your budget exceeds $1000. One Kings Lane has a wide selection of pieces in this quatrefoil collection including a Lounge chair with an retractable shade. And big, bold striped fabric. It’s gorgeous and priced accordingly. – Shop Rattan Outdoor Chair from One Kings Lane
Rattan Coffee Table
Serena and Lilly’s rattan coffee table is on point with the cool 70s vibe – this is perfect for a garden room or covered patio, surrounded by bright fabrics and bold patterns and possibly a parrot. Warning: this exquisite table is not cheap. – Shop Serena and Lilly’s rattan coffee table
A reasonably priced Rattan furniture collection
Admittedly, this picture to the left looks like a decorator from the Golden Girls set… however, the sofa and chairs in the collection would be pretty if properly accessorized. Wayfair’s wooden rattan sofa could be a stand alone centerpiece to a covered outdoor patio or garden room – or could be paired with the side chairs, coffee table, and smaller sofa for an entire set. I personally do not love matching sets and prefer to mix different pieces, but I think a balance of three like two chairs and a sofa with a different coffee table would be ideal. Certainly would at least want to add aqua striped throw pillows or a loud floral print. – Shop Wooden rattan sofa from Wayfair
Typically modern is not an accurate description of wicker furniture, but there is always an exception, and I found one in the wild from Hayneedle: dress up this modern wicker Lounge chair with preppy throw pillows for a cool Palm Beach vibe or a neutral pillow in a modern pattern for a refined coastal style. – Shop Modern wicker outdoor chair from Hayneedle
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