Wicker Bedroom Furniture
Create a rustic look for your bedroom with wicker
Wicker bedroom furniture is perfect for creating an outdoorsy, rustic look in your bedroom, which is probably why it's so popular with lovers of the garden-inspired shabby-chic look.
The great thing about having wicker furniture in your bedroom is that it gives the room the feel of a garden before you even begin to accessorize. Wicker is most commonly used for furniture in conservatories, but it can work well in a bedroom too.
How far should you take the rattan look?
If you've chosen wicker or rattan bedroom furniture, it's tempting to go all-out with the rustic look and complement the furniture with floral drapes, carpets and bed linen. This is a bad move; too many florals will push you over the boundary between shabby chic and chintz. Either mix and match your fabrics for a vintage, bohemian, shabby-chic look, or aim for freshness and simplicity. Shades of white and green work well with wicker, probably because they help to convey the look of a garden room. Choose plant-like shades of green rather than mint shades, and accessorize with a few pot-plants.
An alternative to this look is to combine your wicker bedroom furniture with fabrics in trendy neutral colors: camel, taupe, cream and coffee. The rustic, old-fashioned look of wicker contrasts well with this season's shades, and neutrals are very easy to live with.
Wicker is also an important element of the colonial look...
This look combines the exotic and the old-fashioned, mixing animal prints and large plants with dark woods and vintage fabrics. If you want to go really over the top with the look, place a tiger-skin rug at the foot of your bed. Décor should be in shades of brown and cream. Rattan furniture works with the colonial look too.
The only problem with wicker bedroom furniture is that it isn't as sturdy as solid wood furniture, and it isn't always very comfortable. Like rattan, it also has a tendency to creak, which may be a problem if you are trying to read quietly in a room where someone is sleeping. Part of the problem is the dryness from central heating, so wiping your wicker bedroom furniture with a damp sponge every now and then may help. Wicker should also be protected with a thin coating of furniture wax to ward off mildew and brittleness.