Think of Bohemian (“Boho”) design style like a mixed cocktail: one part shabby chic, one part eclecticism, topped off with a dash of artistic and theatrical vivaciousness–shaken, not stirred. Boho is witty, whimsical, and reflective of a free spirit. Boho lets you break away from trends and focus more on individuality. A style all its own, Boho is perfect for the person who has an old soul, a gypsy heart, and big dreams. Let’s take a look at some key elements that make this style so heartwarming.
Elements of Bohemian Design Style
Some typical elements of Boho style include:
- Lack of trends (it’s a state of mind, rather than look)
- An abundance of art
- Boldness with color, texture and pattern
- A nook to foster creativity
- A beautifully decorated bed
- Mixed–not matched–furnishings
- Soft lighting
- Lots of decorative accents
Bohemian interiors are full of life, culture, and interesting items for everyone to see. It embraces things that are relaxed, carefree , and sometimes, unusual. Decorative accents are proudly displayed, not hidden away. Boho interiors may share similarities with other spaces, but no two rooms are completely alike.
Furniture within in bohemian space has generally been collected over time. Second hand and vintage items fit right into this design style. Each piece is special–often having a story to tell.
Warm, earthy tones are common in bohemian decorating, but that doesn’t mean there’s lack of color. In fact, color is a huge part of this design style, and these earthy tones, such as brown, terra cotta and gold, merely set the stage for the layers of color to come. Jewel tones, fiery oranges, and electric blues often take center stage. Metallics are often used in accents and white–as a stand-alone color–is typically non-existent.
Textures and Patterns
Boho style craves textures and patterns almost as much as it does color. Area rugs, hanging tapestries, and layers of throws are generally used to bring in lots of texture. Patterns are abundant and really have no rhyme or reason. If it speaks to you, then use it. Tribal, drawings, and vintage chic are just a few ways to describe the type of patterns found on fabrics and accents.