Turn your home into a bohemian paradise
One of my favorite things to do is transform spaces. Bedrooms, apartments, window displays, whatever. I do it everywhere I go, and my current apartment is no exception. While it’s definitely a work in progress, I’ve come a long way in bringing the colors, textures, and aesthetics I love to my pre-war Brooklyn abode.
A free-spirited, globe-trotting friend recently asked me for ideas on decking out her stomping grounds in a way that combines trans-global beauty with function and budget-friendly fixtures, so that’s what this post is about.
A few notes about “bohemian” decor.
First off, no rules. The idea of bohemian style is that it’s free-spirited, free of trend of restriction, and makes your spirit sing.
There are more than a million ways to approach this aesthetic, from regal and opulent to Australian coastal to Mexican folk to old rustic farmhouse. Find the style that calls to you. It might be a room stuffed with treasures, or far more minimal (I’ve included all of these ideas in the images below).
On that note, no one says you have to stick to one style. Mix and match! You can have a bedroom inspired by the markets of Marrakesh and an office covered in Rajasthani relics.
Stick with natural elements: wood, glass, stone, ceramics, shells, feathers, etc. The more synthetic materials you have in a space, the less bohemian it will feel.
When you don’t know where to start, some beautiful sheer natural-fiber drapes, some intensely colorful throw pillows with elaborate embroidery, and some big potted plants are a good place to start. Also, the more natural light you can bring into the space, the better.
That said, here’s some boho-interior eye candy to inspire you!
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Daaaamn, that’s a lot of boho inspiration. It’s probably obvious that I love pink walls now, hm?
Let’s review. From this round-up you can take the following hints for decking out your own home:
Mix and match fabrics: colors, textures, and prints.
For a minimalist bohemian look, start with a clean stark white canvas (walls/floors/ceilings) and add rustic furniture with bold shots of color.
Fabric wall hangings, wooden surfaces, and natural light are where it’s at.
Sheer, fringed curtains around your bed is an instant boho statement.
Room dividers with graphic elements make for very sexy and functional focal points in your room. Just buy a wooden partition and paint it yourself!
Boho can look extremely expensive if you get the formula right. Don’t overstuff the room if you’re going for a more luxurious impact.
Colors to try: tumeric yellow, magenta, teal, cobalt blue, and forest green.
Wrap, staple, and drape fabric around/off everything.
You can also check out this post on transforming aesthetics from India into a super-chic apartment. A little less boho, but still beautiful.
Hope you enjoyed! Have your own tips? Share them below!