I’m not talking about pickles – I mean caning as in caned furniture!
In my world as an Interior Designer I use pieces that have a section that is woven to make a material. We usually see caning on chair backs or seats but new design trend applies caning in new ways. This blog post is the first in a new series of interior design trends for our new decade starting in 2020.
Caning blends beautifully with traditional and modern design which is why I offer it to many of my design clients. Southerners here in Chapel Hill love that it works well with traditional design. The open weave and airiness of the material lets a room breath and adds visual texture. French caned chairs are hugely popular in dining rooms with French country design flair.
In more modern styles it softens the hard edges and creates visual tension in rooms with slick and metallic finishes. The natural grass adds a bit of tropical or exotic mystery. Adding it to cabinet doors and store pieces highlights the weave and intricate design in mid-century spaces.
Caned furniture is affordable and can be found in thrift or vintage furniture stores. Unfortunately repairing existing pieces with tears or holes in the weaved grass can be pricey due to the labor and artistic flair needed to match an existing design. Touching and testing pieces is important before you purchase older pieces. Painted caned pieces are eclectic and are a great bridge piece in transitional style rooms. Give me a call to chat more about using this design trend in your own spaces!
First Impressions by Julie Wagner
Chapel Hill, NC