Bohemian decorating is for those who want their homes full of life, culture, and interesting items for all the world to see. It flies in the face of modern sensibilities and embraces the carefree, the relaxed and the unusual. That said, bohemian-style rooms tend to have certain similarities – they share some of the same features yet no two are completely alike.
There are no rules when it comes to bohemian decorating, yet warm earthy colors are quite common, as are metallics. Think brown, terra cotta, gold and other colors in that family. Jewel tones like saturated purple, fiery orange and electric blue often make appearances in accessories like tapestries and art. The key to using color in bohemian decorating is to think warm. White has no place in a bohemian room.
Be sure to mix lots of patterns and don’t be afraid to use colors that wouldn’t necessarily go together in a conventional way. Layer throws on top of furniture and hang try hanging tapestries and area rugs on the wall.
The key to using materials in this style of room is to mix and match. Use natural materials like burlap and sisal and mix them with silk and chenilles. The materials should have a slightly worn look (not damaged, but not shiny and new either).
Everything can have fringe on it – from pillows, to curtains to lampshades.
Bohemian furniture can’t be bought in just any old store. Bohemian rooms tend to be full of furniture collected over time. Second hand and vintage items are right at home in these rooms. Shapes and sizes aren’t nearly as important as they are in other styles of rooms. Each piece should be special and tell a story no matter what it looks like. No one should be able to walk in to a bohemian room and be able to tell where you got the furniture.
With all that said, the most common type of furniture you’ll find in bohemian rooms is Victorian in nature. Not dainty mind you, but the kind of furniture you could become engulfed in as you peruse the works of literary masters. Think chaises and fainting couches in saturated colors with dark carved wood frames.
Accessories in bohemian rooms should tell the story of the people who live there. Ornate boxes, vintage bottles, maps, and mismatched china – you name it. Bohemians travel so the items in a bohemian room should look like they’ve been collected from the world over. And keep in mind that just because bohemian tends to be offbeat it doesn’t mean it can’t be glamorous. Don’t be afraid to use drippy crystal chandeliers and ornate gold mirrors. The only rule is that every item in the room should tell a story.