If you thinking of redecorating your house, you might be considering a completely different theme.

This could work out very expensive if you are thinking about replacing all of the furniture, but it doesn't have to be that way.

Rattan is a very on trend material right now, being not just sustainable but also very natural and fitting perfectly with shabby chic. 

We take a look at the versatility of rattan and how it could offer great value for money. 

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A cosy looking rattan chair

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Suitable for outdoors use

Unlike many other materials, rattan is suitable for use in the garden and is totally weatherproof which means you can leave it outside all year round.

This makes it perfect for outdoors living, and means that if you want to enjoy a spontaneous al fresco dinner, you don't have to go to the hassle of dragging all of the furniture out of the shed. 

It won't fade in direct sunlight, and is unaffected by water or cold temperatures, so you don't need to worry about your furniture degrading. All you need to do is bring in your pads and cushions (as they won't be quite as resilient) and you will have a four-seasons garden set, ready for use whenever the mood strikes.

Easy to clean

One of the difficulties with furniture is how to keep it clean and the ease of which you can remove stains. 

Delicate fabrics can be very hard to manage and harsh chemicals can damage the material when trying to remove stains or treat scratches.

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Rattan furniture, eco-friendly and easy to clean!

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Rattan is particularly easy to clean because it usually just requires a wipe down or dust in order to stop debris and grime from accumulating. If a piece of rattan furniture is particularly dirty or if there's been an accident, it can be cleaned with warm water and a gentle detergent. 

This means rattan is the ideal material for furniture where there are children or pets as it's far more stain resistant and spillages are easily wiped down. 

On trend

Some of the hottest trends right now incorporate natural materials and minimalist designs and rattan slots into this perfectly. 

As a finish which is typically unpainted, furniture made from rattan fits right into décor which is based on sustainable materials. This type of eco-friendly design is increasingly popular and provides a very contemporary end result, with clean fresh lines and no fussy details.

Rattan furniture often comes with plain, neutrally-coloured upholstery and cushions, complementing the understated elegance.

Continuity of design 

Rattan furniture is suitable for both indoors and outdoors use and can be used to great effect all over the house. Matching accessories can be purchased which allow rattan to take centre stage in the décor. 

However one of the particular benefits of rattan is that it allows the décor to flow seamlessly from inside the house into the garden, creating the illusion of space and blurring boundaries. 

Whether you opt for a conservatory, or a lounge with patio doors, choosing rattan inside and out really embrace the idea of flexible living and fusing modern design with nature. 

Great value

Rattan is used for furniture all over the home, and it's clean and simple lines which are so attractive to look at don't mean a compromise on comfort and quality.

But the best part is that although rattan furniture is practical, stylish and comfortable, it's also relatively cheap.  

A high quality material, rattan is not a wood which is at a premium (and in many cases the rattan is made from synthetic products to maximise the benefits). This means it is far cheaper to source and manufacture, allowing the savings to be passed onto the customer. 

Conclusion

Rattan has been used for many years and has proven time and time again to be a versatile material suitable for furniture in every room of the house, as well as the garden. Practical, long-lasting and great value for money, rattan furniture can help your home look classy, stylish and elegant. 

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