TEXTURE SPOTLIGHT: WICKER
As summer winds down, I thought I’d profess my love for wicker. Though many people think wicker is an actual material, it really refers to the process of weaving materials together. The wicker category includes rattan, bamboo, reed and many more.
I love this texture because it's extremely tactile. You can see the depth and craftsmanship from across the room; it truly catches your eye. People tend to think it's a summer material but I’m a big fan of using it year round, inside and outside.
Wicker comes in all shapes and sizes but some classic uses are lighting, furniture and decor. Here’s some inspiration on how to use the material both in your home and beyond.
The great thing about lighting is how you can play with the quantity. Group fixtures together or hang one all alone; both methods make an impact. You can see the contrast in that sort of stylistic choice in these photos. The patio has dozens of twine-wrapped lanterns hanging way above eyesight and the bedroom uses one super handcrafted pendant as a bedside light. For both spaces, the lighting elevates the design and brings in a laidback feel.
Furniture is another great way to introduce wicker into your home. It’s classically used outside because of how durable and weather resistant both natural and synthetic wicker is. It also adds a cozy and rustic feel, which a lot of people crave for their outdoor space. I love bringing it inside too. Check out the french rattan table in the room above; it instantly adds comfort and casualness, and makes the classical paintings and historical sculptures more approachable than if the table was marble or glass.
Wicker decor is used more often than you think. Almost every house these days has a woven basket filled with something, whether it be magazines or logs for a fireplace. It's a great alternative to wood or even plastic storage. Wicker baskets are light, flexible and durable. The fabric works in all styles of homes. Check it out in my Greenwich Village project holding logs next to a striking marble fireplace.