Why Southerners Have Always Loved Wicker
Despite suffocating humidity during the summers and paralyzing ice storms in the winters, Southerners still cling to the notion that it’s our “mild climate” that fosters our highly covetable, indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Though we continue to propagate the Southern fantasy of a year round porch season, truth be told, most of us are “porching” on screened in porches (possible to do even in a rainstorm) or better yet, we’ve mastered the practice of bringing the outdoors inside. A-ha! That explains our Southern obsession with wicker—it’s a decorator’s testament to the porch. Just a small touch of wicker brought inside brings even the most formal rooms a little more down to Earth. Wicker has a versatile texture—the thicker woven wicker furniture seems designed for serious lounging and the smaller, classic style wicker patio sets are great pieces to makeover either for your proper porch or for an inside room. The porch dream and the wicker furnishings never get old. Here are 6 exemplary ways Southerners have used wicker furniture.
Keeps Things Familiar
When you’re creating an eclectic, collected look, you must include a traditional piece or two to keep the combination from being too overwhelming. In here, that’s the green wicker chairs and the blue and white striped rug.
Bring a Room Down to Earth
All that white! All that furniture! This living room could have quickly become uptight without some key, low-key elements like the wicker lampshade which was actually found at a thrift store for nearly pennies!
Stocky Weave, Sturdy Loungers
Thickly woven wicker lounge chairs like these arranged in a seating arrangement that you’d expect in a living room with accessories to match round out a completely comfortable porch sitting area.
This old green wicker rocking chair set looks right at home on this recently renovated Tennessee mountain house when in fact, it came from the homeowner’s relatives. When in doubt, opt for wicker.
Giving a wicker console a fanciful, skirted table effect can help but lighten the mood in any setting. Plus: it divides the room quite nicely!
Make it Over
There’s a surplus of old wicker furniture that should not be overlooked as makeover candidates. Shiny red paint and a thick box cushion took this chair from the trash heap and into the office.