Boho Chic is a style of design that fits perfectly with the just graduated, don’t have much money, can use a paint brush, addicted to Pinterest kind of gal. The vibrancy of colors, the play on fabrics, the mix of textures, the wind chimes…….Boho tends to be a jumble of mid-century modern, hippi dippity, shabby chic , cottage, flea market, Middle-Eastern, with a nod to Mary Quant kind of look.
The Bohemian Style embraces a sense of freedom from conventional design and infuses what we picture to be the European Gypsy look. Usually referring to an unconventional and certainly artistic life, one thinks of free spirits who love this genre. Anyone with a good case of OCD may want to skip this unconventional approach to living but for those that love those 64 box crayons…Fill your space from top to bottom with a bold and energetic palette.
To achieve this style, one must mix old with new, vintage with modern, lacquered with weathered. In other words, throw everything including the kitchen toaster into the pot. The idea of achieving variety and diversity in color and form requires thinking outside the box (and drilling a whole lot holes in one’s walls). Use books, fabrics, braided rugs, funky lighting, pillows, throws, plants, lamps, and sculpture to express your individuality (and don’t forget the handmade). And as a nod to Mother Nature never hurts with REAL plants and herbs playing a central role.
I find the eclectic look works best in small spaces, cozy nooks, and tiny apartments where young people travel to after their formative college years. BoHo is also a great way to avoid cleaning as it’s expression usually involves a great deal of clutter. For me, I visualize a budget friendly indie recipe with a smattering of charm. Think Yoko Ono. Break it up, hold a love-in, and screech out a few records.