Evangeline Lilly's Hawaii home epitomizes island life – from her intimately designed kitchen to her neutral bedroom – seamlessly celebrating the slow living design trend.
The latter space recently became the focus of our attention after the Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania star shared a look inside the room while she prepared to go 'on the road again.' And, while her bedroom ideas offer much to be admired, we admit that her rattan bed (pictured below) is our favorite feature – and design trend experts agree.
In the footage, the actress (also known for her role in The Hobbit franchise) is seen packing and relaxing before working out in front of the camera. A rattan bed stands in the forefront of the space – paying homage to the retro-favorite material that has dominated the design industry in previous years.
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While it is no secret that rattan is in vogue (and has been for some time), Evangeline Lilly's space invites you to think about rattan as more than a retro staple. What's new, however, is that it simultaneously taps into the slow-living design trend (that will continue shaping homes in 2023).
'As #slowliving trends on Instagram with over five million hashtags, creating a peaceful space for mindfulness to take place will be at the forefront of interior decisions in 2023,' says French Bedroom's interiors expert, Georgia Metcalfe. According to Georgia, muted color ideas (such as the white walls shown by Evangeline) will 'always be a 'popular choice' when creating a slow-living aesthetic – but the materials are just as crucial for success.
Georgia recommends bringing in 'wicker and rattan furniture' alongside 'houseplants and subtle beachy motifs of blue and white colorways' to create a well-rounded, therapeutic space with a refined '70s aesthetic.
And Georgia is not alone in her admiration for this soothing '70s space. Lick's trend specialist, Matilda Martin, adds how the color powerhouse has recently observed a 'revival of the popular 70s interior aesthetic' – adding that the style is evocative of the free-spiritedness and optimism of the 70s era.
'There is a biophilic element to 70s decor that appeals to a modern-day market,' Matilda says. 'A lean towards natural materials like rattan or cork, handcrafted ceramics, and macrame wall hangings. Not to mention a house plant or two.'
To accentuate your rattan (whether you invest in a bed such as Evangeline or choose another element), Matilda recommends combining it with an eclectic mix of textures and patterns – such as velvet furnishings, geometric shapes, and soft curved edges. 'All of which we can expect to see returning to the home.'
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Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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