There is something warm when one enters a room that is not shy of colors with the right kind of balance, an order in a chaotic room mixed with the simple yet well-organized furniture with bright colored pillows and a floor rug. To many, they see clutter or chaos but they will agree that it triggers the mind, a fundamental element of art itself.
To understand this style it is paramount to know where it came from. The Bohemian or commonly known as Boh is a style that originated from India and later arrived in Europe in about the 13th Century bring out the deep influence from both Indian and the Moroccan cultures.
Due to the nomadic movements that took place at that time, the Romany Gypsies were not influenced by fashion but lived independently and within their own rules hence why stood out.
Bohemian decor captures the carefree and adventurous spirit of the avant-garde lifestyle. It features creative application of rich patterns and vibrant colors, especially those with red or purple tones. The key is to carefully present a purposefully “messy” look. Layer on textiles (throws, pillows, rugs, tapestry) for a warm ambiance.
This freedom to express oneself through endless possibilities of decorating a house/room, filling it with different types of furniture, mix matching colors and lighting to create an own unique personality is what makes Boh decor outstanding. Now, not everyone can accommodate this so if you are an individual who is orderly to the last detail, this may not work well for you.
This is particularly advisable for those interior designers who want to throw a dash of liveliness to a room without really consulting with the rightful owner because this style is usually personal where only the individual is given the room to express themselves according to what they feel is right.
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How To Come Up With Your Own Taste?
Having looked at the effect and where Bohemian style came from, the next question of how to create your own or modify your taste is a bit tricky considering it comes from a personal trait but let us try.
First of as agreed, it has no limit and it is a style that accommodates different types of furniture unlike its counterpart designers like Mid-Century Modern and Modern Industrial. However, due to its originality, it works well with natural objects.
There are numerous different options which you can use to achieve a bright and unexpected effect. The truth is that people who live in bohemian style interiors rarely plan the design and do not burden themselves with much thought but rely on the personal taste and perception.
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- Color is core and choosing one base color and having other colors complement it creates the feel of the room.
- Furniture may go well or hand in hand with the parquet of the house. For example, an expensive parquet made of oak surrounded with a concrete white wall with beautiful ornaments on the ceiling can be matched with a very simple furniture pieces.
- Include antique chests and/or other antiques collected that mean a lot to you personally. The collection could be from a street artist, or a warrior spear purchased in the Maasai Mara. The list is endless, just don’t make a junk yard in your own living room!!
Furniture, however, should portray an environment of relaxation where the underlying factor here being the comfort. Deep sofas mixed with wood armchairs and a small coffee table usually does the trick.
The colorful spread of pillows – some on the floor – create a carefree yet intriguing feel to the room. This doesn’t mean to litter the room with old clothes. For that, you may need a vintage closet.
A Bohemian living room with slightly open floor plan and clean white walls with a distinctive gallery has a bold and fashionable appearance. The light brown sofa with geometrical patterns sets a specific warm and deep setting, breaking through the cold appearance of the white wall, the wicker rattan coffee table adds a breezy feel and adapts to the overall loose and easy going character of this Modern Bohemian Living Room.
In conclusion, all it takes is a little creativity and open mind to adapt to this theme. One’s taste will vary from another person’s taste but it doesn’t matter because only you find comfort in your own space. Play around with what is around and let a little chaos make that niche.