The Ultimate Guide to Create a Cozy Bohemian Home
Bohemian Home Decor | How to Create a Boho-Chic Home
Guest post by porch.com
When it comes to interior design, bohemian style is leading the pack. This eclectic décor style features a variety of colors, textures, and styles to give your home a fascinating aesthetic. Whether you're new to the idea of boho-chic or you're looking for some inspiration, this guide explores amazing style and offers ways you can incorporate it into your home. From the living room and kitchen to the backyard, read on for some ideas to help you transform your space.
What is the Bohemian Style?
The concept of bohemian style as a home and fashion aesthetic has been around for over 200 years. This unique take on fashion and home design is usually associated with artists, writers, and intellectuals with a penchant for world travel and an unconventional lifestyle. A combination of bold colors and unique designs is what makes the boho style stand apart from the crowd. This counterculture first appeared in France after the French Revolution, when wealthy homeowners started to invest in unique pieces for their homes like artwork and statuary. Eventually, these "new Bohemians" started to travel the world in search of more unique items. With a focus on creativity and world travel, the bohemian style began to take hold across the globe.
Many people associate the bohemian style with the hippie movement of the 1960s. However, this style first got its start in France and modern Americans emulated it decades later. Today, boho fashion and interior design are on the rise once again. One of the reasons this style is so popular is because of its bold yet relaxed aesthetic. Instead of a stuffy living space where everything matches, boho style allows you to express your creativity and your wild side.
If you're aiming to recreate the bohemian look in your own home, there are several key elements that will lay the foundation for your boho-chic décor. Here are some key components that really reflect the idea of living the bohemian lifestyle at home:
Vintage and antique furniture: While it's perfectly fine to purchase new pieces for your boho-chic home, you should consider incorporating some older vintage items, too. New products reflect more of a modern style, while old, distressed furnishings help to create a more romantic and laid-back look that showcases an appreciation for older, well-made items. A vintage wood side table or an antique area rug are classic examples of how you can incorporate some boho-chic elements into your home.
Bold colors: Neutral hues are great for a Hygge-inspired home, but when it comes to boho-chic interior design, you'll want to bring in some bolder colors. Mix and match colors with tapestries, brightly colored rugs, or a sofa upholstered in a funk patterned print. In addition to lots of colors, make mix and match patterns for an eclectic aesthetic.
Layers of texture: A melding of materials and textures is what really makes a home boho-chic. Think jute area rugs, woven rattan chairs, and wooden tables accented with a gauzy tablecloth. The more layers you add, the more authentically bohemian your home will be. Try to choose natural and organic materials whenever possible, then add in some accent pieces made of metal or glass for a fun finishing touch.
Keep it low: Low-profile furniture is a hallmark of the bohemian style. Add some comfy floor pillows or patterned poufs to your living room and bring in low-profile sofas and chairs. Low lying furniture encourages your guests to chill out, relax, and stay awhile.
Artistic: Whether it's an abstract painting or a whimsical sculpture, try to incorporate as many different décor objects as possible. Create a gallery wall filled with an assortment of artwork and framed objects. Fill a bookshelf with seashells, animal sculptures, and woven baskets that will demonstrate your appreciation for the artistic.
Room by Room Decorations
Now that you know a bit more about the history of the bohemian style and its key components, let's explore some ways you can decorate every room in your home in this whimsical, colorful style:
There are endless ways you can fill your living room with boho-chic décor. Add a tropical tree nestled in a woven basket to the corner of your living room, and hang a large, oversized vintage mirror with a metallic frame over your fireplace. Shop for vintage furniture that's comfortable and worn in. Indian saris, Moroccan end tables, Turkish lamps, or a kilim patterned ottoman will add bold color and global style to this space. Keep your focus on patterns and textures, like a carved wooden cabinet or a multi-textured area rug. Toss lots of different throw blankets and pillows on your furniture and fill a vase with fresh flowers to round out the look.
Unlike a classic formal dining room, a boho-chic dining space has a laid-back look and feel. Instead of purchasing matching dining chairs, look for an assortment of comfortable chairs in different colors, sizes, and styles. Bring in a raw-edge wooden dining bench to give this part of your home a relaxed vibe. Dress up your table with a vibrant tablecloth and set the scene by adding a mixture of glassware, plates, and silverware in different colors and finishes. If you don't want to go overboard with color in this room, simply add a set of ethnic textile curtains or a lively area rug to give it a boho-chic finishing touch.
Give your kitchen a classic bohemian look with a colorful Moroccan or talavera tile backsplash. Replace traditional cabinets with some exposed shelving made of reclaimed wood. You can also paint your cabinets in a bright, fun color if you prefer to leave them as-is. Place potted plants in the windows and on countertops to bring an organic element into this space. Add some colorful floral boho-chic curtains in bright colors to the windows, and scatter area rugs throughout the kitchen floor. Your rugs can be in different patterns for an eclectic touch. The goal is to make sure your kitchen is fun, vibrant, and relaxed without being stuffy.
You can have fun decorating your bedroom in the boho-chic style. Add boho-chic bedding that features a myriad of colors and patterns like a duvet cover in a vintage patchwork or mandala print. A leather pouf at the foot of your bed will give you a place to put on your shoes in the morning or sit and relax before you start your day. You want your boho-chic bedroom to be cozy, so place a thick shag area rug under your bed. Hang a full-length mirror with a bamboo frame to incorporate some organic elements into the room. A few houseplants hung from the ceiling on either side of your bed will give this room a nature-inspired, cozy feel. If you have a balcony attached to your bedroom, place a metal bistro set with a table and two chairs outside. An outdoor runner rug with a Persian pattern is a great accent, too. Use a set of twinkling string lights to create a relaxing ambiance, which can be enjoyed on the balcony or in the bedroom.
Backyard & Porch:
Finish your free-spirited home with a boho-chic backyard. It's easy to add this style to the outdoors with just a few simple tips. Start by placing a large outdoor area rug on your patio featuring vibrant colors and a funky pattern. Woven outdoor furniture like a bamboo Papasan chair topped with a round tufted cushion is a great choice for seating. An egg-shaped wicker swing hanging from your porch will make chilling outside relaxed and fun. Don't forget to hang the string lights outside, too. Spruce up your backyard by adding a variety of vintage footed planters and fill them with an assortment of trees, flowers, and shrubbery. Make this space as organic as possible while incorporating lots of colors, patterns, and textures. Hang a birdhouse or hummingbird feeder from a branch to enjoy a bit of nature in your newly decorated boho backyard.
With some creativity and a little treasure hunting, you can design a beautiful bohemian home. It doesn't matter if you have a tiny house or a big home. Look for unique pieces that feature colors, organic materials, and lots of texture and mix and match everything to round out that laid-back bohemian look. Don't be afraid to mix things up, and display lots of artwork and global-inspired décor and ethnic textiles in every room of your home. With a few updates, you'll have the stunning bohemian home of your dreams.
Originally posted on Porch.com