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Photoessay: Being Earthy Chic – cane, wicker and rattan in home decor

With words like ‘sustainability’ and ‘environment friendly’ becoming buzz words in every sphere of our lives, home décor cannot be left far behind.  It is therefore no surprise that designers today are increasingly using materials that are natural and eco-friendly.  Earthy chic and rustic materials like cane and wicker are seeing a comeback like never before.  Here are some ways you can use these materials to lend your house a unqiue aesthetic and earthy chic.

Pic courtesy Danube Home
Pic courtesy Danube Home

Cane furniture is no longer confined to the outdoors but slowly taking centre stage in homes given its natural, warm aesthetic, resilience and the fact that it is light weight.

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Pic courtesy_Design Cafe

Apart from chic sofa sets, tables and book shelves, woven cane can also be used in sliding wardrobe shutters which is set within a wooden frame which could be covered with clear glass.

Pic courtesy_Minnie Bhat Designs
Pic courtesy_Minnie Bhat Designs

Statement arm chairs either in modern or vintage colonial silhouettes have a charm of their own and can be used both in the living as well as dining spaces.

Pic courtesy_Minnie Bhat Designs
Pic courtesy_Minnie Bhat Designs

Cane planters, cane plates on a statement wall as well as garden furniture are yet other ways to use this versatile material.

Pic courtesy_Minnie Bhat Designs
Pic courtesy_Minnie Bhat Designs
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Pic courtesy_Design Cafe

Light fixtures made from cane are sure to add some warm glow and cozy vibes to your home.

Pic courtesy_Minnie Bhat Designs
Pic courtesy_Minnie Bhat Designs

It is important that cane surfaces must be varnished or polished for ease of maintenance. Cane and wicker must be avoided in wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens.  Also, cleaning cane and wicker panels can be a bit of a challenge; since it is woven with small crevices it tends to collect dust.

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Pic courtesy_Danube Home

An edited version of this article was originally published in The Tribune.

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