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Home Ideas: Living Rooms

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Minimalist 

Simple forms, clean lines and uncomplicated finishes are the epitome of minimalist design, where negative space is as important as positive space. Accessories are sporadic, with a focus on sculptural pieces over decorative ornaments.  

Get the look by teaming sans colours, patterns, and textures with large roman vases and a plethora of natural light.  

Scandinavian 

Easy-living, functionality and an affection for all things natural are the key factors that outline Scandinavian design.  

With a heavy influence on the great outdoors, Scandi incorporates bright, airy spaces with wooden floors, live plants, and white-washed walls. Furniture is usually simple in design with fully upholstered sofas teamed with natural, wooden, or organic accent chairs. 

To achieve this look, keep colours neutral, using bright whites with hints of black and tan, adding chunky knitted blankets and faux fur to create a warm and inviting hygge atmosphere. 

Bohemian 

Carefree layers of patterns, texture, and colour. Bohemian interior design is characterised by a complete lack of structure. The origin of this look is that it is relaxed and personal, as well as being centred around art, music, and literature. 

Capture bohemian vibes by layering eclectic patterns, several types of lighting, and saturated colours. Original or handmade art, flea market finds, or travel souvenirs teamed with rattan, and plush throws and cushions are a must to perfect this look.  

Transitional 

An elegant and timeless approach that combines both old with new, and feminine with masculine motifs, transitional design bridges the passage between traditional and contemporary interior design. This design approach retains the classic lines of traditional styles with contemporary colours, materials, and furniture. 

To get the look team a neutral colours scheme such as creams, taupes and greys with bold furnishings – classic simple lines, in plush velvet materials, keeping accessories to a minimum.  

Cottagecore 

Simplicity, comfort, and self-reliance are the primary principles that forms the framework for Cottagecore life and design. This romantic, countryside style calls for cosy spaces with rustic touches and chintzy patterns such as florals and tartan.  

Get the look with botanical prints, real plants, wicker baskets and vintage furniture.  

Contemporary  

Today’s contemporary living room is comfortable and welcoming without being dark and cluttered, this design trend is defined by subtle sophistication, deliberate use of texture and modern silhouettes.  

To get the look choose uncomplicated furniture with luxurious finishes focusing on colour, space, and shape. Keep tones neutral, black, and white with the option of adding bold shades with your accessories.  

British Colonial 

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In this room: Natural Royal Side Table 

Entrenched in classical design principles, the British colonial look fuses the formal elements of the Victorian era with tropical touches from distant lands as the British empire expanded in colonial times.  

Give your living room a British colonial feel by teaming rich Victorian shades with rattan furniture, adventurous coastal or exotic prints and plenty of greenery.  

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How to Create a Calm and Relaxing Living Room

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As life starts to get back to normal, our lives are becoming busier than ever! Whether moving work back to the office or settling into a more flexible approach to remote working, our homes are once again becoming our homes. And now is the time to reclaim our living room as the relaxing, safe space it once was to express ourselves, wind down and catch a breath from the crazy word that surrounds us. And, let’s not forget we want it to look good too! 

So, for a space that feels as good as it looks follow our simple steps… 

Neutral Shades 

Bright colours are a terrific way to express our personalities, however bold and garish tones can create a stilted and unsettled environment. Softer, earthy, and muted shades can be much easier on the eye and will promote a calm and tranquil space.  

When decorating with lighter shades and white, add dimensions to your living room with different textures. Layering fabrics, throws and cushions with subtle patterns in gold, tan or soft brown will keep neutral tones from looking sterile. 

Natural Light 

Natural lighting is known to boost productivity, improve our moods, and creates a peaceful ambience in our homes. Large mirrors are a fantastic way to double the amount of natural light in our living rooms. Strategically place these in dark reading corners and areas far from any windows – the result a light and airy space that will reduce stress. 

Plant Power 

From improving air quality to lifting our moods, bringing plants into our homes can enhance our overall health and happiness. A study by the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that having plants in our homes can make us feel more comfortable, soothed, and natural. They can also reduce feelings of loneliness and depression, by nurturing a living thing as it grows. 

Clutter-Free Living 

Clutter can off-balance the peaceful flow of our living spaces, producing feelings of chaos and disorderliness. Keep ornaments to a minimum, instead display items that will bring you joy – such as family photographs and trinkets for past trips. Be sure to place these in areas you will notice every day, this will capture the eye and focus the mind during a hectic day.  

Wicker baskets can provide a simple solution to store away extra blankets and cushions when not in use but will also be close by for movie night. 

Happy Scents 

A soothing aroma is a sure-fire way to relax and feel at ease, during the evening burn scented candles in your downtime or place fresh flowers in a high traffic area so you will smell their sweet scent each time you pass by. 

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4 Top Tips to Create a Hygge Home

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Hygge – pronounced hoo-ga is a Danish life-style concept, creating joy, well-being and cosiness in every aspect of life. It is a state of mind to be present in your environment, using your home to reflect that life is filled with family, friends and nostalgia. The idea of Hygge is to create a home that is full of love, cheerfulness and most importantly comfort. 

In this blog we look at the four top tips to create a Hygge home. 

1. Choose a Natural Colour Scheme 

Too much colour can become distracting, evoking unsettling sensations for mind and body. Sticking to a neutral colour scheme will create a unified and balanced feel throughout the house. Natural furniture is also a great way to bring a Nordic touch to your interior, adding warm tones to your home. 

2. Less is More 

Rattan furniture can be both subtle and functional and will bring nature into your home. The Hygge trend is dominated by white or neutral walls when used throughout the house can produce a calm and tranquil atmosphere. Accessorise with your favourite books, candles, or a simple vase. 

3. Add Cosy Blankets and Cushions 

To encompass the true meaning of Hygge you will need to invest in an abundance of cosy blankets and cushions, these can be added to any space to create comfort. Soft textures like cashmere will allow you to indulge your senses. 

Styling tip: Change up your throws depending on the season. During spring/summer go for linen blankets and in the autumn/winter chunky knitted blankets are perfect for cuddling up on the sofa. 

4. Nostalgic Memories 

Bring in your own personal touches. This design trend does not need to be perfect, add in your own trinkets, photographs, and keepsakes that make you feel happy.  

Our selection of wicker furniture will be a great addition to any Hygge interior, shop the range here

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How to incorporate rattan into your home

How to incorporate rattan into your home

No longer resigned to conservatories and summer houses, rattan furniture has had a resurgence in the last two years and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down.  

For its durable and versatile qualities, the material has earned its rightful place in our homes providing elegance and sophistication as well as a casual laid-back look that works wonderfully with all interior design themes.  

However, if you haven’t yet brought this natural vine-like material – grown sustainably in tropical rainforests into your home, we’ve put together a few ideas to get you started. 

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Bring a touch of nature into your living room 

Lightweight and durable, rattan furniture is a great addition to any living space, whether that be country chic or modern minimalism, you’ll find a stunning wicker piece that will match all tastes and styles. Whether it be a Nordic living room or a bohemian staircase the paired-back, casual feel of rattan furniture will bring a touch of nature to your home. 

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Natural Shanghai Chair

Add texture to your bedroom 

The intricate weaving and cane detailing of rattan furniture will bring texture and allure to any bedroom interior. Place a statement chair in a unused corner to create an unusual reading space or as a finishing touch to a vintage dressing table. As the material is extremely lightweight, you’ll be able to move the furniture easily from one room to another, if needed. 

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Use wicker baskets to create nifty storage 

Available in a range of sizes wicker weave baskets can be used to create extra storage in any room of the house. Larger baskets can be used in living rooms to store blankets and cushions or in bathrooms to store towels and toiletries. Baskets can even be used in children’s bedroom to store away toys and accessories. 

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Create a statement with sculptural pieces 

Sleek and timeless designs, adding a sculpted chair to your living space will create drama and intrigue. Look for striking contours and organic forms that work best with luscious house plants, botanical prints and other wicker pieces, such as mirrors, tables and footstools. Sculptural rattan furniture can be both beautiful and functional. 

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Team rattan furniture with modern interiors  

Rattan furniture can produce a remarkable focal point without being too intrusive in a modern space. The traditional wicker weave of rattan furniture provides textural contrast in rooms that are dominated by white walls, smooth surfaces and exposed wood or brick. For more of a visual impact look for furniture with shapely silhouettes and curved designs. 

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Natural Porto Bar Stool

Create a vibrant space for the kids to play  

As a natural material, rattan is easy to clean making it ideal for a children’s room. Both, durable and fun rattan chairs are available in a range of funky colours that will brighten up a children’s bedroom or playroom. You can also add a fluffy blanket to create a cosy reading area. 

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Kids Wicker Loom Chair in White

Our woven rattan furniture is hand-crafted from natural, sustainable material and is easy to maintain. Look at the collection here.  

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Is rattan furniture sustainable?

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With Earth Day taking place on Thursday 22nd April and this year’s theme being ‘Restore our Earth’ we decided to look at the eco-friendly benefits of buying rattan furniture over other materials such as wood or plastic.  

This year’s theme – Restore our Earth not only reminds us of the harm that climate change is having on our planet but also looks at the rejection that we must adapt to the impact of climate change as the only option to combat the issue. Instead, we need to focus on natural system processes and emerging green technologies to restore the world’s ecosystem and rid our oceans of plastic waste.  

What makes rattan so sustainable?

Rattan, a tree climbing vine-like plant can only exist growing amongst established trees in the tropical terrains of Asia, Africa, and Australia and is harvested without interrupting the structure or balance of the rainforest. 

Typically used for furniture, the super vine not only benefits the rainforest but the atmosphere as well, converting CO2 into clean air. As a superior eco-friendly material, rattan has the ability to renew itself within five to seven years.  

The production of sustainable rattan not only ensures long-term supply of the material, but also acts as a safeguard for ecosystem processes, endangered animal habitats and the livelihood of rural communities that have become reliant on this plant. 

Compared to wood, rattan grows exceptionally quickly, at a rate of 2cm per day, this means the vine is fully grown and ready for harvest within two years – a process that can take up to 30 years when growing wood. Once harvested, the tip of the vine is re-planted so the plant can grow again and protect the forest from degradation.  

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How is rattan harvested?

Rattan is much easier to harvest than other types of wood and is done by hand using a few simple tools, leaving the surrounding rainforest intact. This is essential for the re-growth of rattan that needs other trees and plants to climb up and grow.  

The vine is cut into 13-foot lengths and left to dry in the sun without the use of industrial machinery. Once the drying process is complete the rattan is stored for seasoning and graded before being shipped to furniture manufacturers. The vine is remarkably flexible, an ideal property for making intricate designs for tables, chairs, and sofas.  

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Does rattan produce waste?

Unlike other materials that can produce a lot of waste during the manufacturing process, every part of the rattan vine is used to make durable, luxury furniture. The outer skin of the vine is peeled back and used for weaving items such as baskets, chair seats and tabletops while the solid core of the cane is cut into sections and steamed, making it easier to manipulate into shape. Containing nothing but recyclable fibres, rattan doesn’t emit harmful gases into the atmosphere, helping to reduce our carbon footprint. 

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Is rattan biodegradable?

Unlike synthetic furniture, natural rattan is 100% biodegradable meaning it will naturally decompose without causing harm to the environment. However, you should be mindful of any finishes that may have been applied to your furniture during the manufacturing process and make sure you dispose of any old or unwanted furniture at your local recycling centre.

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What is Desser and Co’s commitment to sourcing sustainable rattan?

At Desser and Co we take great care in sourcing all our natural, quality rattan in Indonesia, working closely with local factories and growers to protect its stunning landscape. Rattan farming provides a sustainable income to some of the poorest people living on the fringes of the forests, helping generate employment and build communities. 

So, you can buy Desser’s conservatory and wicker furniture knowing that it is produced in an ethical and sustainable way – we promote Fair Trade and follow a low carbon emission business plan. 

References: 

https://greatermekong.panda.org/our_solutions/projects/sustainablerattan/factsinformation/

https://www.thespruce.com/what-is-rattan-furniture-made-from-2736315

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What is the difference between rattan and wicker?

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Do you know your rattan from your wicker? Rattan furniture is bang on trend right now for its versatility in a range of interior decorating styles. From super-modern city apartments to suburban semis, you will find stylish rattan furniture to complement any space.  

But let’s not get in a tangle! Before we look at the benefits of rattan furniture, we need to clear up the confusion between rattan and wicker. Rattan, a naturally grown, vine-like plant fibre is lightweight, durable and flexible. It’s native to the tropical regions of Asia, Australia, and Africa that can be bent into a variety of delicate shapes. Where wicker is a type of weave used for making products woven from a variety of pliable plant materials. 

A brief history of wicker

So, let’s start at the very beginning, wicker was first discovered buried with the pharaohs in ancient Egypt. Inspired by this technique, the Romans adopted the practice of basket weaving, which soon spread across the entire Roman Empire. 

The rise of trade with Asia saw the explosion of wicker goods in Northern Europe during the 19th century. Rattan furniture soon spread across the British Empire, from India to the West Indies, and then to England, where the Victorians were captivated with rattan’s civilised exoticism. 

Learn more about Desser’s history with rattan dating back over 100 years.

So, why is rattan so popular? Let’s look at some of the benefits of this versatile material that has lasted the test of time. 

 Why is rattan furniture so timeless?

Admittingly, rattan is a traditional material used to create woven pieces of furniture. However, it has evolved to create a contemporary aesthetic with the introduction of minimalistic colours and patterns on the upholstery, modern rattan looks very different to the furniture of the past and is undeniably a fashion-forward piece of decor. 

The blend of traditional techniques and contemporary styling means that rattan furniture is in the fortunate place of working with all types of decor. Whether you have a minimalist loft or a mid-century modern barn, rattan furniture will complement any interior concept, adding texture and an eclectic twist. 

Is rattan furniture great value for money?

As a premium material, rattan isn’t cheap, but compared to other materials it is an economical buy. Not only does the rattan market offer a competitive price, but the material is also long-lasting. Rattan’s durability means it won’t need to be replaced as often as other types of furniture, making it a worthwhile investment.  

How lightweight is rattan furniture?

As a lightweight material, rattan has a smaller carbon footprint when shipping the vine from its native Southeast Asia to other parts of the world. This also provides many benefits in your home – rattan furniture is easy to move from room to room. 

Is rattan furniture durable?

The ideology that rattan furniture is associated with occasional use in conservatories, isn’t the case. Modern rattan furniture is far more robust and is capable of withstanding heavy and regular use and is suitable as lounge furniture in spaces such as living rooms and bedrooms. 

Is Rattan Sustainable?

Rattan grows similarly to a weed, growing up tree trucks in the rainforest. The material used to manufacture furniture grows seven times faster than wood from a tree, with rattan vines growing up to 200 meters in length. Harvesting is done by hand with the tip of the vine being replanted to repeat the process. 

To produce our natural rattan furniture, we work with partners that promote Fair Trade ethics, meaning that rattan farmers are always paid a fair wage for their work. Our strict rattan sourcing policies ensure that farmers and factories in some of the world’s poorest countries are supported. 

If you’re looking to invest in a piece of rattan furniture visit our collection of modern designs inspired by traditional wicker making. Made from natural rattan, we have a huge array of items including chairs, sofas, baskets and planters to choose from.