The Boho style stands for unconventional living in an imperfect look that is at the same time dazzling and natural. What was previously disparagingly referred to as hippie chic by some, has been experiencing a rapid upswing on the popularity scale of furnishing since the 1990s. Find out what is behind the Boho style of living and how you can skillfully implement it here.
That’s what makes boho chic
The term boho stands for “bohemian” or “bohemian” and is based on the intellectual rebellion against the rigid bourgeoisie.
It was already in the 19th century and in the middle of the movement were artists, philosophers, and poets, who formed themselves into the so-called Bohème. The goal was to live a fun-loving lifestyle, which included the type of living. Houses in the countryside shared apartments in artists’ studios, and a wild and colorful mix of decor spoke exactly the language of the Bohemians. They were inspired by the Bohemian Gypsies, who traveled in colorful carriages across the country and thus angered many a bourgeois Stiffhans. This explains the name Bohemian, which means “unconventional” and at the same time “bohemian”.
The hippies of the 60s and 70s took up the boho style because this was exactly their idea of a freeway of life, which took place far away from any convention. Therefore, the style was sometimes called Hippie Chic – until it was rediscovered and popularized by some artists about two decades ago.
The boho style lives from decoration and home textiles
A lot of decoration and cozy, colorful home textiles are just as much part of the Boho style as the influence of foreign cultures. Soft pillows, fringed rugs and cuddly blankets in pretty colors are an absolute must. As a carpet, for example, a Persian with oriental patterns is very popular and really suitable for boho furnishing style. In general, folkloric elements and ethnic patterns are simply “bohemian-like”, as are home textiles made of patchwork or batik.
The preferred basic colors are earthy tones – such as brown, beige, olive or kaki – which are then complemented with cheerful colors – such as violet, burgundy, sunflower yellow or turquoise blue. But they should not be too dark. Even if it all sounds very colorful: The Boho Style would like to have a harmonious overall picture. Therefore, you should exercise some restraint in the color choice of your decorating ideas and mix a maximum of four contrasting colors within a range.
In the decoration with accessories are many animal representations, some of which should associate a certain meaning. For example, the elephant stands for a symbol of positive energy and loyalty – or birds for the embodiment of freedom. Figures made of wood or plush animal representations are therefore an adequate decoration idea.
Extra tip: Crafting and DIY is a must when it comes to boho chic. Natural materials like natural textiles, wood, velvet, leather and rattan or basket are generally used.
Bohème style furniture
When choosing the bohemian style of furniture, you are quite free, because style mixes are quite allowed and even desirable. The effect should always be sensual, voluptuous and yet easy.
You can confidently bet on the retro look or the vintage style of bygone eras and let off steam when preparing individual pieces.
However, the boho style of living is eclectic (pieced together) and is more likely to use small-scale furniture and pieces, which in turn gives you more freedom to set up. A huge wall unit is therefore unsuitable as a boho element.
On top of that, you should do without straightforward furniture and better use soft, flowing forms.
For the bedroom, this can be a dresser from the flea market, which you paint and decorated with beautiful ornaments. A large divan in the living room can accommodate your pillows and sociable conversation, which is typical of bohemians. A rattan sofa is a just as popular furniture. A small round leather pouf and golden ornaments enhance a harmonious symbiosis in your boho living room.
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