Bohemia is more than just a trend, it’s a lifestyle. First appearing in France as a counterculture after the French Revolution, the Bohemians took up a nomadic lifestyle, lived within their means and wore worn out and used clothing. Free spirited, laidback and artistic, they expressed their creativity and individuality in the way they lived and looked. Borrowing many of their fashion ideas from Parisian Bohemians, hippies embraced the boho chic trend during the 60s and 70s and it’s been popular ever since.
The bohemian trend is an eclectic fusion of rich patterns, vibrant colours and natural elements that embraces a wide selection of cultural styles and ethnic influences. When it comes to styling the trend in your interior, there are no rules, so you can make this look completely unique to you and really let your personality shine. Let us show you how to welcome boho chic into your home…
Embrace Natural Materials
Furniture made from rattan, wicker or raffia is the perfect backdrop for creating a bohemian oasis. A muted and neutral colour palette will achieve the relaxed and laidback vibes that the bohemian trend is loved for and you can dress your furniture up with textured and patterned accessories in bright jewel tones. Light wood pairs perfectly with white walls and it will give you the freedom to add layers of colour and texture through accessories.
Get Playful with Patterns
When it comes to styling the boho trend, more is more. Introduce clashing patterns, tactile textures and bright colours to really let the trend come into its own. Go all in and mix floral patterns with ikat and Aztec prints for a fun and eclectic look that knows no boundaries. Large patterns work best on large surfaces so the most prominent pattern in the room should cover the floor and set the tone for the rest of the space. Surround a vibrant rug with additional layers of contrasting or complementary patterns on a smaller scale for a perfectly imperfect look.
Introduce Tactile Textures
Boho chic embraces a mixture of textures. Faux fur, velvet, macramé, tassels, crochet, suede, they’re all staples of bohemian decor both in fashion and in the home and when it comes to decorating, the more the better! Tassels, fringing and pom poms are perfect for bringing summer festival vibes to your home and they will add a playful touch wherever placed. Add interest to your space by layering natural textures. A faux fur rug will look right at home as a wall hanging and a macramé lampshade adds the perfect finishing touch to your bohemian paradise.
Layer, Layer Then Layer Again
The key to a relaxed bohemian interior is layers, layers and more layers. Throw a few cosy throws over your bed and sofa and layer cushions in abundance. Make a rich statement by layering a few vibrant rugs on the floor. This look works best when you cover the whole floor area. Have fun mixing, matching and layering contrasting patterns but keep the look grounded by choosing pieces with a consistent colour theme.
Let Your Indoor Plants Bloom
The bohemian trend embraces all things natural so plants are a must. Whether your plants are cascading from a shelf, hanging from the ceiling or in a pot on the floor, luscious green foliage will add texture and colour to any space. Use woven hanging planters to combine two natural elements together and hang the planters in clusters at different levels to add depth and interest to your space.
Take It Outside
Don’t just limit bohemian styling to your interior, extend the trend to your garden. The perfect place to create a relaxed and calming space where you can truly unwind, your bohemian garden should be filled with candles, lanterns, vibrant cushions and of course, lots of greenery. A low, swinging chair is certain to bring boho chic vibes to your garden and an outdoor rug is the perfect finishing touch. Layer scatter cushions on the floor so your guests can truly live the free spirited boho dream and complete the look with string lights.