How to Properly Use Wicker in your Interior Design

Wicker can be a lovely addition to your home, but only if you use it correctly.

By Connie Smith

 

The key to most décor concepts is to use them in the right amounts. For example, a house that’s painted yellow with a yellow porch and a yellow door would probably catch interest in an unpleasant way because passersby would rightly judge that it’s just, in fact, too much yellow. Mixing that yellow with different trim and porch decisions, though, would balance things to allow the yellow to shine through without becoming overbearing.

 

That’s the idea to keep in mind with any décor notion: Don’t make it overbearing!

 

This is an easy problem to spot in the aforementioned yellow-house example, but other decorative details might come with more uncertain territory regarding how much is too much. Wicker is a perfect representation of that issue since it’s a distinguishable feature that can either boost or ruin the appearance of the room, depending on how well you utilize it.

 

So, should you choose to use wicker in your designing, follow these guidelines to ensure that you don’t go overboard!

 

Limit the Furniture (and Accessories)

You know how it’s great to look at a porch or a patio and see a set of wicker furniture where you and your friends can sit, laugh, and enjoy a day outdoors? That appearance doesn’t translate so well if you bring a similar combination of elements into your living room.

 

The table and chairs fit outside, but inside, a room full of wicker furniture can make your home feel incomplete — as if you’re still in the steps of decorating and what you currently have is just a stepping stone. For these reasons, don’t let go of any of your traditional furniture to replace it with wicker. Keep most of your home’s interior as more sophisticated, sturdy pieces, and only bring out the wicker chairs and tables as minor contributions in areas.

 

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Essentially, use wicker furniture only as accents in your home, not the primary pieces of furniture. Your more established pieces of furniture should occupy most of the room, like your bed in your bedroom, but feel free to set a wicker chair or chest across from the more dominant furniture piece. This way, the wicker isn’t the main focus. It’s just a fun bonus.

 

Consider Your Room

The way that you use your wicker can vary depending on what room you’re decorating, but you should still keep the wicker element low enough in any room to stay in accent territory. In general, baskets can be great décor options to scatter throughout your home, and you might think of adding a couple of them here and there with purposes that mirror the purpose of the area they’re decorating.

 

For this idea, you can use a wicker basket or two to hold things that you’re already planning on having in a room, like remote controls in the living room or cookbooks in the kitchen. Filling wicker containers with artificial flowers would also make great centerpieces for tables, shelves, and windowsills in your home, and they would offer a comforting welcome to guests if placed by your house’s entranceway.

 

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Another interesting possibility for using wicker in a specific room is in a nursery. Buy a wicker stroller to use as a decoration in your baby’s room to act as a similar accent as the chair already referenced for a bedroom. Offset by more modern features, like a contemporary crib, such a simple, old-fashioned design for a decorative piece can add a unique aspect to the room’s design, and that simple accent can enhance your whole room in a very good way.

 

Overall, think of the room’s purpose, and use your wicker to represent it.

 

Vary Your Colors

While you might automatically think of wicker in a tan coloring, wicker accents can come in numerous hues, and not all of them are neutral. This is something that merits consideration when choosing the best wicker pieces for your room, and it’s a great way to sneak in a few extra pieces without overpowering your room with a sense of wicker. All you need to do is vary the colors of your wicker accents, and what could’ve been too much of a simple thing becomes a series of colorful, vibrant pieces that are welcome in higher numbers throughout your room.

 

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Whether in solid colors or multiple ones, choose the right hues to complement your room’s theme and color, and if you keep those colors away from standard tans and beiges, you could fill up an entire shelf with different wicker pieces without it feeling overbearing. That change in color provides the differentiation that’s needed to make numerous representations feel lively rather than redundant.

 

So if you find you just have to have more wicker, vary the look by varying the colors!

 

Use Your Holidays

Wicker, believe it or not, can also be used to showcase holidays, meaning for any given time of the year, you can employ a wicker accent or two under the guise of celebration. Again, these are small additions to your room, but they’re great techniques to embrace a love of wicker in a way that’s hard to criticize as long as they’re handled tastefully.

 

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When Easter rolls around, decorate your mantle with wicker baskets filled with eggs to mirror the egg hunt that’s going to happen in your backyard. For Fall, use a wicker piece to build a harvest-looking cornucopia. Have a series of flags in a white wicker container for the 4th of July, choose orange and black ones to hold candy near Halloween, or pick a red one to showcase a series of Christmas ornaments in December. Throughout the year, you can exchange your wicker décor from one holiday to the next.

 

Think about Your Theme

It’s worth noting that all of these limitations can be tossed out the window if the theme you’re planning on fits with a heavy amount of wicker. As an example, there’s really no limit to how much wicker works on a patio or a porch, so choosing to have an outdoor theme in your dining room would open the possibility of showcasing more wicker in the area. If it works well outdoors, in the end, you can’t logically say it isn’t suitable for a room with an outdoor feel.

 

Similarly, if you were going for an Old West theme, additional wicker could be employed to make the environment feel more Western because it’s linked to the simplicity of barns, horse ranches, and elements of that culture. It’s a neutral color with a basic composition that’s great for taking a home’s guest back a few decades, so it works in bulk to express that kind of historical, rustic theme.

 

Essentially, if you can rationalize that larger amounts of wicker make sense (more than just accents) then feel free to wicker up your room!

 

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To Sum Up

Keep your interior wicker fitting for your theme, while reeling things in enough so that the wicker itself doesn’t become overbearing. If you can follow those general guidelines, you can make great use of wicker in your home.

 

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