Boho Interior Style
Boho interior style is free, loose, and untethered by strict design rules. This eclectic decorating approach is derived from the traditions of nomadic Bohemians, whose roots begin in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. After the French Revolution, many artists, writers, and other creative types became destitute. With little opportunities at home, they began to live a nomadic lifestyle, traveling in colorful painted wagons embellished with vibrant, patterned fabrics. These “gypsies” dressed in colorful, flowing clothing and adorned themselves with sparkling jewelry and accessories. Their days were filled with lively music, singing, and dancing, living a free-spirited, rule-defying existence that was separate from the confines of a more traditional society. Like these non-conformist Bohemians, the Boho style of decorating breaks the rules in a carefree, whimsical way. It’s a departure from the expected in favor of the surprising.
The Basics of Boho
Trying to define the basics of Boho is a bit of an oxymoron, because Boho is anything BUT basic. Boho is a no-rules-decorating methodology that encourages risk-taking. By incorporating a mix of objects, colors, patterns, materials, and fabrics into your décor, you create a space that’s uniquely and unapologetically yours. Creativity and fearlessness are mainstays of Boho decorating. The rigidity of symmetrical, matchy-matchy gives way to a casual, eclectic aesthetic. A Boho home is a lived-in, welcoming environment with layers of interesting elements that speak to the individual’s personality and preferences. Instead of being meticulous, it’s mindful and meaningful.
Warm, earthy colors may create a soothing backdrop, but to inject the vibrancy of Boho, jewel tones, metallics, and daring, colorful prints are essential. If you fall in love with something, be it a piece of art, furniture, or decorative item, there’s a place for it in a Boho home. Even if it doesn’t “match” in the traditional way, it works within the freedom of Boho style. Have fun, mix things up, and enjoy the liberation that comes from decorating your way. Don’t be basic, be Boho!
The Boldness of Boho
Bold epitomizes Boho chic. After years of uninspired gray, the boldness of Boho is a welcomed, creative pleasure. When incorporating Boho into your home, you need to be brave, daring, and open-minded. Design patterns like IKAT and SUZANI exude a Boho vibe with their vibrant colors and beautiful, intricate detailing. These forever-fashionable and classic patterns act as a bridge between objects that you may, at first, think don’t “go together.” Try layering items like throw blankets and pillows to create a cozy, casual feeling. Consider a bold pattern in your draperies or on an area rug to instantly draw visual interest. Rich tapestries inspire awe if you’re fearless enough to take a design risk.
The Comfort of Boho
Comfort is key when it comes to Boho interior style. Furnishings don’t need to be formal or fancy. Choose plush, cozy, no-fuss furniture that encourages you to nest and relax. Another way to channel the gypsy spirit is with floor pillows. Not only do they provide extra seating, they evoke a welcoming, casual aura that invites guests to relax and feel at home.
One of the best ways to set the tone of a room is with lighting. Chandeliers dripping with beads, tassels, or jewels exude originality and pizzazz while illuminating the space gently from above. If your room is lit by canned overhead fixtures, consider keeping them off when entertaining. Instead, turn on your table lamps and sconces to softly light the space. In addition, the flattering glow of candlelight creates a special ambiance that instantly makes you feel comforted and calm. Lady Builder Shops has an extensive collection of lighting options, including table and floor lamps, sconces, and candle holders.
The Best Way to Boho
Boho interior style is brave, bold, beautiful, comfortable, colorful, creative, and anything but basic. The best way to Boho is to be unique, be yourself, and be willing to make a change. Just because you bought a vase and put it on a shelf doesn’t mean the two are married and till death do they part. Mix things up! Replace the vase with a turquoise elephant if you feel inspired! Move the love seat, purchase some new throw pillows, or create a vignette of personal items or heirlooms that fill you with happiness and comfort. To keep your home fresh, lively, and full of welcoming energy, take a chance and embrace the unbridled, eclectic spirit of Boho!
-Judy Linn, owner, designer, Lady Builder Shops