TREND ALERT

From tra­di­tional styles to mod­ern rein­ven­tions, wo­ven pieces are here to stay, says James Tre­ble.

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Cane and wicker are in this sea­son.

ONE TREND THAT STANDS the test of time is wicker and cane. This look cre­ates a sum­mery, com­fort­able feel in any space, and it’s a great way to add tex­ture. There are so many ways to in­cor­po­rate wicker and cane into your style, so it’s the per­fect ad­di­tion for al­most any in­te­rior: be it tra­di­tional golden tones or pop­u­lar greyed-off fin­ishes and mod­ern dip-dyed ob­jects, the op­tions are end­less.

1 FUR­NI­TURE

Wicker so­fas and large arm­chairs pro­vide an in­door/out­door vibe per­fect for trop­i­cal and coastal ar­eas, but one or two fea­ture chairs can have a great ef­fect with­out break­ing the bank. Ta­bles also lend a coastal feel and, of course, wicker and cane work so well for the pop­u­lar Hamp­tons style. A wicker bed­head can add a sub­tle nod to Sin­ga­porean resorts, and light­weight wo­ven bed­side ta­bles trans­form the sim­plest room into an invit­ing re­treat. Stools work ef­fec­tively in kitchens

– they soften the straight lines and add tex­ture. In the hall­way, a wicker side­board adds stor­age and style. One of my all-time favourite pieces is the pea­cock chair. I’m not sure why, but I al­ways sit in one when I cross its path. For a state­ment piece in the liv­ing or bed­room, this is def­i­nitely the one!

2 LIGHT­ING

Cane and wicker fit­tings can cre­ate really dra­matic light ef­fects. They cast the most amaz­ing shad­ows on walls and ceil­ings, and only be­come more in­ter­est­ing as the sun goes down. Try one over the kitchen is­land, as a sooth­ing bed­side lamp or as a fea­ture light in the cor­ner of a room. Light­weight at any size, cane and wicker are per­fect for over­sized styles in the en­try foyer or over the din­ing ta­ble. Such ver­sa­til­ity makes it cost-ef­fec­tive and easy to in­cor­po­rate this trend into your ex­ist­ing colour and de­sign scheme.

3 OUT­DOOR SPACE

Cane and wicker out­door fur­ni­ture has a re­sort feel, cre­at­ing re­laxed el­e­gance that in­vites peo­ple out­side. Large, rolled-arm so­fas are per­fect for sum­mer af­ter­noons. Team with comfy arm­chairs and a wo­ven cof­fee ta­ble for a co­he­sive look. To up­date on a bud­get, add wicker bas­kets to your ex­ist­ing set­ting for tex­ture, or cane pots painted in the lat­est colours. Hang­ing bas­kets are a great way to add sum­mer colour at the front and rear of your home, trans­form­ing it for Christ­mas in one af­ter­noon.

4 AC­CES­SORIES

Use dec­o­ra­tive cane and wicker bas­kets for stor­age, or large open ones to dis­play fruit. They work in walk-in­robes, on open shelves and placed in or on larger pieces, such as con­soles and buf­fets. Wo­ven stor­age adds char­ac­ter to even the bland­est bath­room, and round or odd-shaped bas­kets in groups can give style to those dif­fi­cult ar­eas, such as by the fire­place, next to the stairs or on the land­ing. But be­fore you buy those funky bas­kets, check out that garage sale or Gran’s shed – you may find an amaz­ing piece to rein­vent.

Hol­i­day feel

Mix and match fin­ishes, like this nat­u­ral bed­head with grey bed­side ta­ble.

Tex­tu­ral touch

Wicker soft­ens hard lines in a mod­ern kitchen.

TALL OR­DER Is­lan­der screen, $490, from Life In­te­ri­ors.

Let it shine Light­weight wo­ven fit­tings make a se­ri­ous style state­ment. ROUND IT OUT Koko wall shelf, $229, from Life In­te­ri­ors. HANG IN THERE

Florida 450mm wicker pen­dant, $189, from Bea­con Light­ing.

Hang in there

Wo­ven egg chairs go in­side or out. Nowhere to hang one? Find them with built-in stands at Bun­nings.

Out­side world Cane cre­ates an in­stantly chilled vibe for bal­conies - and is so easy to re­ar­range.

BOX­ING CLEVER Raised wicker planter, $39, from Kmart.

NICE SEAT Paris bistro chair, $195, from Early Set­tler.

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