What is it?
The Bohemian interior design style is normally defined by well worn, ethnic style furniture, colorful fabrics, and a conscious non-coherence to interior design norms. Typically it exudes a free spirited sort of feeling – as if items have been collected at various flea markets around the world over an extended period of time. Bohemian style spaces are typically busy looking and full of accessories making them incredibly unique and often very random. The actual word “bohemian” has been used to describe people who think “outside the box” and view the world outside of societal and political norms. – The same is true for bohemian interiors, there is little adherence to any specific style, time period, or color palette.
Color: There is no specific color palette that Bohemian style adheres to, but rather the interior spaces are full of different colors and patterns that normally are associated with a culture or part of the world the owner of the space feels drawn to. One of the many beauties of Bohemian style is that there really are no rules, so whatever feels right to the owner of the space is what is displayed — it may be 20 differing and clashing colors, or it may be three, or it may even be different shades of one color — anything goes in this free-spirited design style.
Fabric: Typically, bohemian style fabrics are very colorful and patterned. It is very common to see ethnic, multi-colored rugs, blankets, and pillows throughout each room. To someone unfamiliar with bohemian style, it would seem as if the owner of the space visited flea markets throughout the world and collected colorful fabrics and rugs from their favorite countries and then displayed them throughout their home. Layering multiple fabrics and textures throughout the space is often seen within bohemian interiors.
Furniture: Bohemian style furniture is often well worn, and fairly eclectic. It is common to see pieces of furniture from different time periods and areas of the the world grouped together in the space. Vintage furniture is common but is often re-covered with new fabric, or altered by a colorful, patterned blanket or pillow. Bohemian style furniture also incorporates many textures. An old chest may be repainted and then used with a pillow on top as extra seating… Again, anything goes and nothing is really off limits in this “out of the box” design style.
Lighting & Finishes: Colorful, ethnic lanterns and chandeliers are seen throughout bohemian spaces. Natural light is also very important as bohemian style is very free spirited and fairly wild so bringing as much of the outdoors inside is essential. Modern fixtures and plain, utilitarian lighting and finishes are very unusual in bohemian spaces, as the whole idea behind bohemian design is that each space is original and unique to its owner.
In conclusion bohemian style is for the rule-breaking-free-spirited people of the world who love mixing ethnic, colorful, and vintage pieces together to create a style that is totally, and utterly unique to them.
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