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Unbe-weave-able: A Guide for Decorating with Woven Accents

A lot of people have horrible flashbacks when they think of macrame and rattan.  But between the growing popularity of bohemian style and houseplants, woven accents are back in a big way.  Woven accents can work in a variety of decors.  Depending on their setting they can give off tropical, rustic, vintage, or eclectic vibes.  They add amazing texture and dimension to a room, and they come in every shape and size imaginable.  Today we’ll take a look at how to decorate with different types of woven accents.


Not actually a specific material, wicker in fact refers to a type of woven construction.  Wicker goods can be made from a variety of plant fibers, including bamboo, willow, and abaca, and can be constructed from synthetic materials as well  The use of wicker dates back as far as ancient Egypt, and it became incredibly popular in Victorian England and North America.


One easy way to add some wicker to your space is through baskets.  Almost everyone could always stand to have a little more storage space and baskets are a great way to do that.  They’ll keep things out of sight while adding great woven texture to the room.  You could also hang them from the wall in place of artwork.


A perhaps unexpected way to add some wicker to your decor is through lampshades.  Wicker allows light to pass through for ambient lighting while providing more texture than metal or fabric shades.



Rattan, meanwhile, is a vine-like species of palm found throughout Southeast Asia.  The fast-growing tropical plant can be used for furniture in several ways.  The woody stems can be cut into sections and shaped and the softer core can be woven and worked into wicker.


The best way to add rattan to your room is by finding a fabulous piece of accent seating.  Rattan chairs are durable and sturdy so you don’t have to worry about breaking it, even if it appears delicate.  Adding a few pieces of rattan to your space is a quick way to make your decor boho chic.



Macrame is a textile-making art that uses knots rather than knitting, stitching or weaving to make patterns and hangings.  Macrame had its first bout of popularity during the Victorian era, and regained interest again in the seventies, which is when many people remember it from.  And now this ornamental fringe has been rising in popularity again.  Those with a DIY spirit may want to make their own macrame pieces, but you can also easily find beautiful pieces to buy.

Wall Hangings

Those who remember the macrame hangings of the ‘70s may be hesitant to introduce it into their decor, but don’t count out macrame just yet.  The overly fussy hangings and figurative designs of the past have been replaced with more organic styling.  Macrame wall hangings are versatile and can fit nearly anywhere in the home.

Hanging Planters

Perhaps what sparked the macrame comeback in the first place, hanging planters are a popular woven accent.  The natural tones of the fibers used for macrame perfectly complement the greenery of your plants and allow them to shine.  The planters allow you to hang your plants closer to light sources where you may not otherwise have space for them, so everyone wins.


While woven accents are frequently associated with bohemian style, they’re also a great addition to minimalist spaces.  They add wonderful texture and visual interest while working within a monochrome color scheme.  Whether you love the DIY nature of macrame or beachy vibes of rattan, it’s time to add some woven accents to your space.