What is Bohemian Décor?
written by Julie GernsThe term “Bohemian” is derived from the French word for “gypsy” and this style is just as free spirited, well traveled and artistic as its name implies. Individuality is displayed throughout the home and the collections of furnishings, art, and accessories are as diverse as the individuals. Artists, actors, writers, musicians and world travelers feel at home in these spaces. Also known as Boho, this style is playful, easy going, comfortable and affordable, as it uses heirloom, found, hand-made and collected objects.
The goal is abundance and the feeling of individuality is apparent above any decorating rules.
In Bohemian décor every space is filled and there is a layering of objects. It is colorful, busy and exciting with the feeling of a treasure hunt as the layers are explored. Vintage, found, and second-hand items tell a story of an abundant life. It is a confident style with pattern, textures, and color layered in unconventional abandon. Those that appreciate order and structure should avoid this reckless carefree style. But the true artist, vagabond, and adventurer will embrace it. Que sera, seraIn the Bohemian home old and new are mixed. The natural world is embraced. Tree branches, drift wood, and water features accent free form open rooms. Carved wood, floor cushions, ottomans, pillows, tapestries, large colorful paintings, and collections create cozy spaces that are full of life. The variety and diversity of form, color and theme welcome family heirlooms, hand-made objects, and souvenirs of travel as they await discovery by all that visit.
Natural backdrops with vibrant colors
A bright pallet of multi, tie-dyed explosions of color are combined. Fiery orange, electric blue, deep purple, sunshine yellow, magenta pink and turquoise are accented over natural mother earth tones of greens, browns, and greys.Lighting is natural and bright in the day and low and warm at night. Candles and lanterns are used to create the ambiance of a gypsy fireside inviting story telling and camaraderie.
Layers of texture with textiles
Layered rugs, suzani tapestries, burlap, sisal, silk, velvet and chenille are all welcomed and combined. Materials can have a slightly worn but not damaged look. Nothingtoo new and shiney. Sheer diaphanous fabric drapes from the ceiling and beaded curtains accent doorways. Fringe, macramé, and crochet at pillows and drapery embellish this globally inspired look.Accessorize with books, photos and plants. Create bold and unconventional sculpture and art. The goal is abundance and the feeling of individuality is apparent above any decorating rules. Your heart should sing as these creative spaces invite all and everything. This is truly your own style reflecting your personal image.This Boho decor shares feeling and has a “more is more” philosophy that can show off personal style and artistry with unconventional free expression. Thinking outside the box and coloring outside of the lines bring this style to life. Because of its eclectic nature, it is easy to add to what you have and build this organic look without starting from scratch. Create, collect, and invite this style. The Bohemian home is welcoming and fun and its passion should be embraced without caution. Open the doors and let the free spirits, sprites and fairies dance to the music of the night.