Rattan is a beautiful, natural material that adds texture and elegance to any room. We have always been a fan of a rattan bed frame for our French style beds, starting with our best-loved Chateauneuf Rustic Rattan Bed.
Rattan is incredibly versatile, at home in both rustic and chic interiors, adding that touch of bohemian relaxation or an air of effortless elegance when painted in neutral tones. With such a range of choices, how do you choose the style that’s right for you? Luckily, we’re here to answer all your questions on how to keep your rattan bed the star of your bedroom. But first, let’s quickly look at where this amazing plant comes from and what makes it such a popular furniture choice.
Where does rattan come from?
Rattan was first discovered buried with the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt (pre-dating pottery!) There was an abundance of reeds available around the Nile, and the Egyptians soon learned how they became flexible and durable when dried out. This led to rattan being used mainly in basket-weaving, but as its influence spread around the world, it began to take on different forms.
The Ancient Romans painted their rattan with neutral tones of beige, white and grey. From there the fashion spread to China, and eventually rattan became popular in Europe in the 19th Century. It was then that the demand for rattan furniture surged. With popularity peaking in the 1970s with the bohemian trend, rattan is now enjoying a modern revival. From rattan beds, to seating, to storage and everything in between; we love using this material throughout our homes, styling it for all looks and themes.
What makes rattan beds so popular?
Rattan is a timeless material in more ways than one. It is lightweight yet extremely durable, and the plant grows year-round, providing a sustainable source of raw material. It’s also very easy to clean, requiring no more than a little attention and some gentle dusting. Read more on how to maintain your rattan bed.
So, it’s no wonder rattan is so popular as a French style bed and as furniture in general. Our favourite interior styles blur the lines of rustic and sophisticated with a careful selection of unique, handcrafted pieces to create the perfect fusion of classic and opulent. Read on to find out our answers to your rattan curiosities.
How do I choose a rattan bed frame for my French-style bed?
Whether you choose a fine single-layer rattan or a defined two-layer weave for your headboard, it is a show-stopping texture that makes your bed the (rightful) star of your bedroom. Opt for a natural tone, like in our Dreaming Spires Rattan 4-Poster Bed , or a romantic antique white such as our Provencal Lit Lit White Rattan Bed.
How can I incorporate rattan in my accessories?
Add a rattan chair in with your existing furniture to create a beautiful contrast in textures. As well as being a striking visual, rattan chairs with a dense weave like our Pondicherry Rattan Armchair are really comfy to sit on. Style with cushions that match the current room theme and voilà! A stylish and comfortable reading corner.
What furniture can I pair with my rattan bed?
Complete the look by matching a bedside with your rattan bed. For extra impact, choose one with a standout feature such as a unique silhouette or white-wash tint. Our Vignette White-Washed Bedside Table features curved cabriole legs and a subtle whitewash finish, ideal for a shabby-chic French bedroom.
How can I add a pop of colour to my rattan bed?
If it was good enough for Ancient Rome, right? A coat of paint on rattan can transform the styling of a room. Go bright white for a crisp, modern look, or why not try grey for a delightfully vintage feel? Our French Grey Painted Rattan Bed is stained in a lightly distressed pale grey, creating a luxurious, elegant statement piece.
Can I mix rattan with different styles?
To reinforce the natural beauty of your rattan bed, you can style it with floral or botanical print bed linen and cushions. For larger accessories, try pairing with other natural materials such as wood textures and jute. Our handloomed Prana Jute Oval Rug is made from 100% natural jute, making it the ideal bedside rug next to natural wooden or rattan French furniture.
Now you know how to style a rattan bed, have fun experimenting in your home with our top tips:
- - Accessorise with matching bedside tables
- - Consider a painted rattan bed for a different look
- - Pair with floral or botanical printed bed linen
- - Add complementary cushions and a bedspread
- - Combine with accessories such a jute rug or well-designed vase