There is no denying the dripping romanticism of the bohemian life. All it takes is a couple of minutes on Instagram before one begins to envy the privileged few self-styled gypsets, who seem to be endlessly embarking on whimsical adventures to far-flung places rich in culture and history. Much like the free spirits to whom it owes its namesake, the boho home is sometimes modern, sometimes eccentric, but never boring. Perfect for those unwilling to part with a single item from their hoard of sentimental mementos and unusual curiosities, the concept offers plentiful room for individualism to shine in an effortless package.
Scroll down to discover ideas for getting your residence kitted out in the jungalow style.
#1 Be bold with colour. Forget established palettes—the nomads of old are unbounded by the rules of convention and so should your hippie haven. Follow your heart and don’t be afraid to mix two or more ostensibly incompatible hues. When tastefully done, it is precisely this clash that lends the aesthetic its exotic appeal. Apply a generous helping of patterns for an easy way to incorporate multiple vivid shades at once. Trial and error is part and parcel of finding the best combo—indeed, it’s what makes the whole process fun—so fret not about balance. But if you’d like to minimise the margin of error, try picking the most out-there motif or colour and sandwiching it between two more mellow pieces to achieve a ratio that’s one-third wacky, two-thirds neutral.
#2 Light it up—softly. Serene lighting options rule the roost in a beatnik abode, providing wonderful contrast to the near-chaos that dominates every other inch of your dwelling. Be on the lookout for items that give that warm, diffused flow synonymous with flickering candles. Get creative with filigree lanterns, antique lamps, tiki torches and tinted bulbs to elevate the ambience and call attention to treasured accents.
#3 Go green. We’re not talking a sole potted sapling perched on a side table. Oh no, we’re talking an indoor forest! Raid your local nursery for a variety of planters to scatter around or confined to a container garden. While you’re at it, include climbing vines for an undercurrent of movement and flowers to provide pops of colour. Of course, make sure that your choices are able to thrive in your interior; not all plants respond the same way to air-conditioning and reduced sunlight. Don’t trust yourself to care for them properly? Succulents like cactus and aloe vera hardly require attention. Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with going down the artificial route either.
#4 Bless this mess. If one were to pinpoint a central element of boho chic that is drives its ardent following, it’s this one. Anything and everything goes in a bohemian space designed to pack every available nook and cranny with as much of your personality it can accommodate. Walls, floors, shelves, even the ceiling—no surface should be left empty. The sky is the limit so go crazy with art, furniture, souvenirs, collectibles, sculptures, textiles and whatever else takes your fancy. Remember, you’re creating a house full of the travels, experiences and joys of a life well lived.
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