Bell bottom jeans, beaded purses, macrame, VW Beetle Vans all tricked out with peace signs and loads and loads of color. Free spirited. Artistic. Creative. Expressive. Gypsy. They called it hippie. Bohemian style was all the rage and when it finally went by the way side everyone breathed a huge sigh of relief. After all, it didn’t follow any of the rules, it was bold and loud and free spirited. Let’s talk about Boho style and why it is making a comeback…and why it is so much better than the original!
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Today’s Boho Style
In contemporary society (meaning today’s world) boho style can go a couple of different directions. It can be filled with saturated color and bold pattern or it can be neutral, monochromatic, and organic. Whichever way it plays out, this design style has a curated, collected look. It has that homey casual lived in look that so many people want to achieve in the living spaces.
Elements Of Today’s Boho Style
In order to achieve the look of boho style, you have to channel you inner free spirit. Let down your hair, take off your shoes, wiggle your toes in that soft shag rug and sit back in your pile of comfy textured pillows.
If you love bold saturated color, use jewel tones in your boho decor. Reds, purples, teals, and yellows. Don’t be afraid to mix them together…free spirited, remember?
Sticking to a neutral color palette with boho style is as easy as choosing colors with slightly different hues from the same color family. Layering bright whites, creamy whites into the beige family will add balance and contrast, depth and interest to your space.
Furniture for boho design can be as ornate or as simple as you want it to be. It all comes down to personal preference and you should only have in your home what you love. Above all, it should be comfortable and inviting.
The clean modern lines of mid century modern furniture give a boho vibe to neutral boho style, especially when styled with mismatched chairs and texture through textiles and organic elements.
Pattern and Texture
Layering pattern and texture is essential for any design style, but layering pattern and texture for boho style is what gives it it’s free spirited and collected feel.
Mixing patterns is expected with boho style, any pattern any way can be mixed together to create this artistic, expressive design style.
Rough unfinished wood, nubby textiles, and faux fur add texture to your boho style space.
Fringe, Tassels, and Macrame
Oh YASSSSS! If you love 70’s look of fringe and tassels and it speaks to your free spirited heart then this is for you. Macrame isn’t just for hanging plants anymore either. I can’t tell you how delighted I was when I saw my first macrame wall hanging in decades (shush, I was pre teen in the 70’s)
Fringe for everything! Pillows, throws, and even sofas (I’ll take two please)
Plants and Organic Elements
Boho style can be associated with a natural way of living type of lifestyle. Clean eating, environmentally conscience choices. Adding plants into your boho style space will help keep the air cleaner and plants always seem to brighten a space right up. If you don’t have a green thumb the opt for faux greenery.
Today’s boho style is free spirited, filled with color and texture and lots of organic elements. It breaks the rules like it’s predecessor in the 70’s and allows creativity to flow.
You can go full tilt with color or tone it down with a neutral monochromatic color scheme. Mix and match your furniture pieces and throw in plenty of texture to achieve the curated and collected look of boho style.
What do you think of boho style? Yay or Nay? Bold or neutral? I would love to hear all about in the comments below!
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