Bohemian Style at Home

Extract from Bohemian Style at Home by Kate Young. Published by Thames and Hudson as part of their ‘At Home’ series which offers room-by-room guides for a simple, inspirational way to design your own home.

What is bohemian style?

Image: GAP Interiors/Douglas Gibb  A grand ornate mirror and large oil painting transform this living room into boho chic heaven.

Image: GAP Interiors/Douglas Gibb

A grand ornate mirror and large oil painting transform this living room into boho chic heaven.

The term ‘bohemian style’ is bandied about a lot and often applies to a decorating approach characterized by free-flowing fabrics, bright colours and a multitude of clashing patterns. Heavily inspired by the 1960s and 1970s freespirited way of life, it is one of the most versatile styles of decoration. Sometimes rule-breaking and always personal, it could best be described as a way to live in complete harmony with your surroundings. Forget about famous designers and carefully planned decorating schemes, boho is the antipode of trends.

Image: Copper and Cross; copperandcross.com  Plants are an inexpensive way to add colour to a room. Here they add a welcoming touch to the entryway.

Image: Copper and Cross; copperandcross.com

Plants are an inexpensive way to add colour to a room. Here they add a welcoming touch to the entryway.

While the ‘anything goes’ approach is meant to be liberating, the prospect of having no rules to abide by can be daunting when trying to recreate bohemian style for yourself. There are however a few key elements that define a true bohemian home:

Image: Stylist/Designer Jo of thewishingtrees.com

Image: Stylist/Designer Jo of thewishingtrees.com

Vintage

Vintage furniture and accessories is an essential component of bohemian design and will give your home that authentic look. Flea markets, charity shops and salvage yards are great places to start hunting for unique pieces.

Image: Fleamarket Fab/Chanell Harrison; instagram.com/fleamarketfab  To ramp up the tactile element of a bedroom, layer several rugs, choosing complementing hues or textures for a cohesive look.

Image: Fleamarket Fab/Chanell Harrison; instagram.com/fleamarketfab

To ramp up the tactile element of a bedroom, layer several rugs, choosing complementing hues or textures for a cohesive look.

Texture

We often think of bohemian design as a feast of colour, but texture features just as heavily in the scheme. In fact, it’s possible to achieve a bohemian look with very little colour as long as you pile on the textures.

Image: HK Living; HKLiving.com  Bring the outdoors in with a hammock and plenty of plants.

Image: HK Living; HKLiving.com

Bring the outdoors in with a hammock and plenty of plants.

Plants

In a bid to blur the boundaries between the inside and outside world and be completely at one with nature, the bohemian home is always crammed with plants.

Image: Fie Frøling; instagram.com/woodlandwhim  For an unusual display hang a beautiful item of clothing as if it were a piece of art.

Image: Fie Frøling; instagram.com/woodlandwhim

For an unusual display hang a beautiful item of clothing as if it were a piece of art.

Soulfulness and creativity

Boho style is about following your heart and guts. Infuse your personal taste into your decor and you will have a bohemian home as individual as you are.

Bohemian Style at Home by Kate Young. Published by Thames and Hudson.jpg

Bohemian Style at Home by Kate Young.

Published by Thames and Hudson