Whether you are a minimalist or a maximalist, no other decorating style has captured and catered to both aesthetic philosophies the way Bohemian style has. Eclectic, relaxed, and unusual, the Bohemian or Boho decorating style reflects the lifestyle of the same name.
Line art and minimalist Scandinavian rooms have populated Pinterest boards and Instagram stories this year. They are refreshing and beautiful to the eyes. But if you can’t picture yourself moving in a space that is too simple and muted, the Boho style is a better alternative for you.
On the other hand, if you are someone who has collected so many souvenirs from all over the world. If you just love all your knick-knacks and can’t bear the thought of parting with them because they all spark joy. Bohemian decorating allows you to keep and display your mishmash of favorite things.
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What Is Bohemian Style?
Bohemian style is the antithesis of a sterile and muted room. It goes against modernism and embraces eclecticism. Most Boho rooms do share plenty of similarities, but no two rooms are totally alike. In this decorating style, we allow culture, lifestyle, and interest to speak loudly.
Boho is for the rule-breakers. It is exotic and vibrant, and the spaces are meant to be lived in rather than displayed. If you are someone who enjoys the unconventional, and if you want to make a style truly your own, Boho is for you!
How To Go Boho?
If you are ready to change up the look of your room and add more life to it, there are many ways to approach this aesthetic. You can take the maximalist route and go all out with every color, pattern, and texture you can think of. This is highly recommended for individuals who have fully fleshed out their personal style.
You can also go more subtly. A few eclectic touches here and there. Perhaps driftwood from your last lake trip or a wooden mask from your trip to Bali. The goal of the interior is to be cozy and inviting. It should tell people that someone actually lives here and enjoys life.
The style philosophy is: “more is more.” When decorating a room, materials should mix and match. A boho home is all about texture. So you need to bring in a variety of materials that should be a little lived-in. Not worn out but also not shiny. Your grandma’s antique wooden chest would be a perfect coffee table.
Most Bohemian color styling uses warm and earthy colors. White and light gray colors serve as the base for deep emerald green, fiery orange, bright yellow, saturated purple, and electric turquoise blue. Most decorators avoid black pieces of furniture and prefer lighter colored wood.
Storytelling With Furniture
Unlike other interior designs, you can’t fully fit out a room with pieces of furniture from one store. If you really want to stay true to the theme, that is.
Boho decorating is you telling a story through your home. The rooms must be filled with items of furniture you’ve collected over time. A mirror from the second-hand shop you visited in Europe, a vibrantly colored lamp you haggled for in Turkey, or that dresser cabinet your neighbor left out on the lawn.
If you had to give a tour of your home, each item would be a conversation piece. That’s just how interesting you are!
Live With Plants
Perhaps no better accent, accessory, decoration piece can ever match the bohemian-ness of indoor plants. Plants just fit the bill we listed above! It has texture, color, and their own story that makes them a natural and vibrant centerpiece to your boho home.
These are some styling ideas to use plants to make your so-so home into a boho paradise.
Create a Living Wall
Bring your room to life with a living, breathing wall! If you’re the plant parent who has more plants than space to display them, a green wall might be the solution for you. It’s also a really unique way to showcase your plants.
Choose a central area in your home and install a floor-to-ceiling planter. Plus points if you decide to go with herbs and vegetables. That’s hitting two birds with one stone!
If you don’t have space for a full green wall, a decorative planter for smaller plants can do the trick! This is an opportunity to add layers and textures to your walls. Use natural materials like wood and hang succulents or trailing plants.
Don’t limit yourself to the usual planter shapes. Embrace your creativity and find odd-shaped planters that you like. You can try DIY projects with old teacups, books, and other materials you’d be surprised can be a great container for plants.
Contrary to popular belief, succulents aren’t always the easiest to grow. But they are honestly the perfect size to decorate all over your rooms. You can add them to your table, shelves, spice racks, or any other surface that needs some life. The best part is you can use the cutest pots to hold them!