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Trend Focus: The Beauty Of Bohemian Interior Design

Trend Focus: The Beauty Of Bohemian Interior Design

Ana Zuravliova

By Ana Zuravliova

Trend Specialist at Blinds Direct
Fri 19 Nov 2021
Last updated Tue 31 May 2022

The background of the boho style

Are you tired of strict interior design rules? If you are – you’re going to love today’s blog! Bohemian style, often affectionately known as Boho style, is a popular trend that’s been with us for decades. Moreover, the charm and sophistication of this style is so robust, it’s not going to be leaving us anytime soon – which is a great thing indeed! In today’s blog, we’ll be exploring bohemian interior design and see what the best ways are to enjoy it in your home. It’s time to get unconventional!

What is bohemian interior design?

Bohemian interior design is part of a much broader bohemian mindset. From music to art, interiors to spirituality, a bohemian lifestyle is one that shies away from conventional rules and behaviours.  If you can embrace this distinctive approach to life, a bohemian interior design will be easier to enjoy than you might expect.

When considering which items to use in your home, the first thing to think about is “does this piece represent what I’m about?”. If the answer is yes, then go for it. Boho is about you expressing yourself in a manner that you define. It’s not about following strict rules and mulling over which colours “correctly” work with each other – it’s all about your personal preferences.

Combining objects, patterns, and colours, from around the globe, look to a carefree, relaxed, and eclectic approach to your interior design.

an image to show example of room inspired by bohemian interior design

The best colours for bohemian interior design

It should come as no surprise that there are no specific colours to use in bohemian interior design however there are some tones you tend to spot more than others. Chief amongst these colours are earthy, jewel, and metallic tones.

Earthy tones

Imagine use of dark browns as a foundation to your décor with calming soft green tones contrasting with fiery oranges, vibrant pinks, and electrifying shades of turquoise and blue. The choice is completely up to you!

Patterns for boho style

You can also make great use of pattern within boho interior design. A bohemian style bedroom for example might feature cream and brown bedding, natural wood but then strategic use of colourful cushions. Looking to the windows, the block colours of the wall can be broken up with a patterned curtain to help keep the light out and warmth in.

Feel free to mix and match patterns at will. Whether you have Roman blinds suitable for a Global Nomad theme and 60s inspired psychedelic cushions, or traditional shutters and pink lamp shades, using them together will create a rich boho feel in your home.

The best materials to use for bohemian interiors?

While hardly restrictive at all, there are a few more factors to consider when mulling over material. Since its advised to steer away from shiny, brand new looking items – instead opting for something a little more worn and “lived in” – keep clear from plastics and cheap throw away items.

Using natural materials for the boho style

Natural materials that are built to last are the way forward, if they get a bit damaged, so what? That adds to the charm and character of the overall trend.

Wooden blinds, cabinets, and tables are great staples in bohemian interior design, but you have equal freedom in material as you do in colour and pattern. It is not unusual to see boho spaces making the most of wool, cotton, silk, and velvet, all in the same space. There are no limitations on how much you can mix and match your materials – it’s very much a “more is more” situation.

The best furniture for Bohemian interiors

The broad scale of furniture options made available by a Bohemian interior lets you really express yourself. With a strong focus on comfort, you can consider the wide range of colours and patterns mentioned above, alongside shapes. Interesting or unusual shapes including tapering chair backs, low profile sofas, sculptural fireplaces and large traditional mirrors are great places to start when looking for the perfect Bohemian furniture. Moreover, you can also enjoy easy wins with Bohemian lighting. Funky light fixtures in the ceilings or walls – and lamps – will benefit from a quality lamp shade where you can introduce further colour and pattern. 

Layering in Bohemian interiors 

Layers are very important in a Bohemian space. Since we’re looking at a maximalist approach to design, layering will provide your space with depth, transforming it into an environment where you can relax and enjoy great comfort in style. Layering can be achieved in several ways, but two of the easiest and most effective ways are on sofas, and around windows. On your sofa, consider using several quality cushions of differing shapes, sizes and colours, arranged neatly, to introduce three dimensionality. Around the windows, partner a Roman or roller blind in the window’s recess with curtains to add extra personality to the space. Combining blinds with curtains won’t only look stylish and welcoming, it will also provide functional benefits including better thermal efficiency and blackout – depending on the lining selected. 

Confidence is key in bohemian interior design but don’t be afraid to really give time thinking about your options. To make the process easier, we offer up to eight free samples to help you find the perfect fabric for your boho home.

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