Bohemian decorating is original and personal. It is about turning the mundane into chic decor with vintage items and lots of creativity. ”Bohemians” are technically people who live non-traditional lifestyles and reject social conventions; such as artists, writers and musicians. Although it may seem like an oxymoron to adopt a design style that is “individual” by definition, there are enough basic elements of Bohemian style that make it possible to incorporate it into your home decor.
Bohemian style is all about creating warmth and interest. It is a busy, cluttered style with a lot of interesting things going on. There is a lot of freedom with this style and many room decorating ideas to choose from.
Regarding color, think rich, warm and deep. Bohemian styled rooms usually have multiple colors; although a general palette should be chosen to create some kind of cohesive look. The walls can be painted red, orange, blue, purple, deep brown or any other rich color. Stay away from neons or colors that are very bright, like white. Warmth is a key factor. Walls can also be covered with colorful tapestries and art. Pay attention to the colors of the rest of the room. Use a few multi-colored area rugs for the floor to create diversity. If you are decorating a bedroom, don’t forget to choose colorful blankets and linens.
Bohemian furniture is unique. Look for pieces that stand out on their own, or that you can make stand out with some paint. Victorian sofas are great for bohemian decor, but you can also take a regular couch and throw on an elaborate tapestry. Flea markets are great for finding bohemian furniture!
The most fun part about bohemian decorating is accessorizing. Accessorize with objects that have meaning or look like they were from around the world. Aged photographs, ornate boxes, mirrors, vintage perfume bottles and giant pictures are all great choices. Things that look like they are from around the world, like animal statues, figurines or maps, are also great choices. If you can’t afford the real deal, try imitations like a knock-off Persian rug.
Accessories that sparkle also go well with this decorating style. Try glass beads, crystals hanging from lampshades and shiny light fixtures that give off a warm glow.
Decorating in bohemian style is definitely fun. It is a chance to let your imagination and creativity run free…so enjoy!
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