The bohemian home is all about free-spirited decorating that mixes, matches and layers to create a home that’s just as unique as the owner. Think of the bohemian home as more of a state of mind than a look or trend. It’s a style that is created over time, piece by piece.
The beauty of the bohemian home’s esthetic is that it’s inspired by a desire to live free, creative lives in homes that feel put together and there are a variety of ways to approach it. Ultimately staying true to what speaks to you is what brings the bohemian home together. Read on to see how to add a little – or a lot – of cool Bohemian flair to your home.
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5 Easy Bohemian Touches to Transform Your Home
1. Art + Ceramics
Since a bohemian home is all about creativity, it’s only natural that artwork – from paintings to pottery – are everywhere in a boho bungalow. Each person will have their own style of artwork that speaks to them. That’s ok! There are no rules with what art to love. It’s all about adding art that conveys the vibe of the home and it’s owners.
Collecting art doesn’t have to break the bank either. You may be surprised at what you can find in your local thrift store or consignment shop. I recently found awesome, handmade pottery that only cost $4.
I try to support artists as much as I can, so you won’t find very many pieces of mass-produced art in my home. If you are looking for great original art that can also be affordable check out Fine Art America. Where artists from around the world sell prints of their work. While you’re there, check out my mom’s artwork. She’s amazing, obviously :).
Collecting art while traveling is also a great way to find cool mementos and remember special vacations and memories (more on that later).
2. Vintage Anything
The bohemian home is a collection of new pieces and vintage gems that were found or handed down. We’re talking cool old pieces of furniture, trunks, plant stands, mirrors, art or even old record players like the one below at my friend Sarah’s house. We all collect things over time, so why not embrace the eclectic and use those pieces to tell the story of your style.
Not only does adding in an array of furniture and decor make for a visually appealing space, it also makes for a storied one. It can be really gratifying to salvage an amazing piece of found furniture and it’s equally fun to rehash the story when guests compliment the interesting old find!
Whether adding 1 plant or 100, styling with plants – especially fun ones like cacti and succulents – bring an instantly cool California vibe to a space.
Tip: add in plants with a few fun planters or macrame hangers – or keep it simple and stick to classic terra-cotta pots. Even on the floor plants bring rooms to life
There are so many types of plants, that one is sure to fit any design situation. Try out a low to medium light loving plant for homes with limited natural light and make sure to check out this post for all the details on how I grow + style with succulents.
Want more? Check out Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants. It’s an encyclopedia of ideas and info related to styling with plants. It’s also a great coffee table book. I LOVE this book and can’t recommend it enough!
4. Mixed Materials
When people think of bohemian home design they often envision a bright and colorful space with layer upon layer of glorious fabrics. (This book: The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes Seriously – Go. Get. It.) I am so for going all in on color. That said, styling with every color of the rainbow isn’t the only way to achieve an effortlessly sophisticated bohemian look.
Mixing natural wood and metal, painted wood furniture with glass or concrete and cowhide are just a few examples of how mixing different materials can be achieved. Mixing materials also helps a space feel more designed and less “matched”
For me, mixing materials is all about natural, neutral and layered. My neutral home is full of southwest touches like rad metal skulls, Aztec inspired textiles and a mixture of other random things I’ve collected over the years. The majority of the color comes from – you guessed it – plants. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors, break away from matching patterns and layer in what feels right.
5. Travel Treasures
I mentioned earlier that the bohemian home is best built over time, piece by piece. Just like waiting for to find the right piece of furniture can take time, so does decorating a home with mementos from traveling.
No matter the destination, when I’m lucky enough to travel I make it a point to be on the lookout for something special that will go into my home as a reminder. I’ve picked up everything from a handmade Navajo wedding vase a simple, printed postcard from an airport gift shop.
Decorating our homes should be a joyful experience and embracing an eclectic, bohemian home helps us get there. Feel inspired by anything on this list above? Go for it! You are on your way to a boho home!
How do you display your eclectic style? Leave a comment below and let me know!