Thinking of rattan as only for the outdoors really limits the possibilities and creativity of furnishing a special room indoors, or the entire house in rattan furniture. Rattan is available in both synthetic and organic material. The synthetic material normally contains vinyl, making the furniture easy to clean and water resistant, which is perfect for outdoor use. However, for use inside the home, many people prefer the original organic fibers without the chemicals necessary for outdoor use.
Rattan furniture is very popular for using inside the home because of its simple elegance and ease of maintenance. The usual items that people select first for indoor use are loveseats, chairs, sofas and rocking chairs. Recently, however, new bedroom furniture styles have become available, with beds, night tables, wardrobes and mirror frames in fashion.
Furniture made from rattan can easily be incorporated into a home’s decor because of the many styles, designs and colors available. Usually supplied in its natural color, rattan can be varnished, painted or stained with a good wood stain. The airy, uncluttered look and feel of the various pieces gives a feeling of beach or island living. Whether a home is close to the beach or in the mountains, furniture fashioned from rattan material will conjure up a feeling of its native tropical home in areas such as Asia and Africa.
Rattan for Relaxed Elegance
Anyone furnishing his or her home with rattan furniture will be in good company, as many five star hotels, high end condominiums and resorts are now completely furnished with indoor rattan furniture, accessories and fixtures. Rattan gives a feeling of relaxation and calm and the simple designs are restful and soothing. After the main furniture pieces are selected, anything needed to accessorize a room is available in rattan with endless choices in coffee tables, planters, shelves, serving carts, ottomans, wicker baskets, benches, magazine racks, lamps and mirrors.
For anyone not quite ready to furnish an entire home, separate pieces are available which can be added to at a later date. Start with a comfortable chair and a side table as a place to relax with a good book. Or place two chairs and a coffee table in an alcove or corner of the living room to chat with a friend. Choose rattan furniture not just for the outdoors and create a delightful island paradise inside any home, or design the relaxed atmosphere of a beach house in any location.