From traditional styles to modern reinventions, woven pieces are here to stay, says James Treble.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Mix and match finishes, like this natural bedhead with grey bedside table.
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.