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Unleash Some Old World Charm With A Dash Of Bohemian Brilliance

The last few years have seen a grand revival of the vintage and retro elements in both the fashion and interior design worlds. Golden metallic surfaces, bright colors that make a grand visual impact, bold flowery patterns that steal the show and retro kitchen decor with a modern makeover are currently part of the hottest design and decorating trends doing rounds. While these elements seem more obvious, apparent and widespread, there is another 60s style that is quickly making a comeback. Propelled to Hollywood’s red carpet by the likes of Kate Moss and Sienna Miller in mid 2000s, Bohemianism is once again finding favor globally this season.

Colorful wall art and Bohemian style throw pillows enliven the space

by Sarah Stacey Interior Design

Taking a cue from the world of fashion, interior designers and homeowners are now turning towards this decorating style that places emphasis on accepting the world around you and delighting in the process of hunting for interesting finds! Of course, the bohemian style has been tweaked considerably to suit the many needs of a contemporary, urban lifestyle. Yet, here are some amazing inspirations that range from unadulterated bohemianism to the hip boho-chic; Enjoy!

A smart compromise between the eclectic and the Bohemian styles in the living room

by Vintage Renewal

Bohemian living room clad in a wide variety of hues and overlapping rugs

by Madison Modern Home

Bold lampshades and candles really drive home the Bohemian look of the lounge

Modern living room embraces a chic boho style and simple living

by Ashley Camper Photography

Master bedroom has a bohemian-meets-luxury-hotel look with industrial overtones!

by Les Collections Dubreuil

Restrained use of Bohemian elements in the modern bedroom

by A.Clore Interiors

Contemporary Chic and Bohemian

The blend of contemporary chic and bohemian style is obviously the best way forward for many of us who already have a certain theme going around the house. This mix is far easier to achieve than the classic bohemian style and also keeps the interior far more relevant in its appeal. Instead of giving the living room or bedroom a complete makeover, just add a few colorful rugs, some plush ottomans with plenty of pattern, and decor that brings together different textures. At times, a smart addition of accent pillows with a Moroccan print and a colorful accent sofa can also add a touch of bohemianism to the room without giving it a drastic overhaul.

Colorful family room with a cool Bohemian style welcomes you with plush seating!

by Incorporated / Photography by Annie Schlechter

Wooden media console and large trunk that doubles as coffe table add to the appeal of the living room

Committing fully to the bohemian theme is not the idea of a perfect home for many of us. (Though I particularly love it thanks to the lesser demands it places on organization!) Boho-chic style is the ideal compromise that allows you to usher in some of these colorful additions while keeping the core of your design style intact. For those looking for a smart, hip and cool decorating idea this summer, boho-chic offers a breezy solution.

Colorful ottomans at the end of the bed give the room a Bohemian touch

by My Design Studio, Yasmine Goodwin

The Bohemian style looks appealing both in the summer and winter times

by Tamar Schechner/Nest Pretty Things Inc

Bedroom of a trendy urban apartment that gives the classic Bohemian style a ravishing reinterpretation

by BECCI MEIER, Architectural Design Service

Colorful bedroom captures the urban Bohemian trend perfectly

by Rick Hoge

Smart study steals the show with its cozy appeal and colorful wallpaper

A Blend of Vintage Styles

Many misinterpret the bohemian style as a collection of a few individual elements. Finding its roots in the unconventional lifestyle of the less fortunate artists, musicians and actors and writers of early nineteenth century, the style is anything but fixed or certain. A bohemian look with far fewer flea market additions and far more order can easily pass as eclectic. You can even ramp up the Mediterranean or Moroccan design elements and decor to give it a less obvious bohemian look. Even the modern beach style or nautical theme blend well with bold bohemian accents.

Combining Bohemian accents with a beach style living room

by Blackband Design

Smart living area with a colorful rug, plush textures and a Bohemian-Mediterranean style

by Pritzkat & Johnson Architects

Be they vintage or Midcentury modern, industrial or transitional, varied interiors will surprise you with their shared ability to showcase the classic elements of bohemian design. Colorful wallpaper, an audacious blend of patterns, wood, leather and seating arrangements that encourage you to sit on the floor; bohemian is all about picking components and furnishings that work best for you.

Combine a hint of glamour along with the Bohemian look

by Adelene Keeler Smith Interior Design

Bright yellow-green headboard stands out in this simple Bohemian style bedroom

by Heather Merenda

Find the right compromise between the Bohemian and the modern styles

by Artisan Books

Bold patterns and indoor greenery drive home the Bohemian style

by Justina Blakeney

Relaxed and soothing bedroom with Bohemian prints and a Mediterranean appeal

by Pal + Smith

Curated Chaos!

I wish I knew that a decorating style called ‘bohemian’ existed when I was 8, and obviously my mom had no idea about it either. Who knew as a kid I was so ‘interior design savvy’ and I always embraced bohemianism so gleefully! Obviously my mom called it a mess, and to be fair to her, my room was a few rugs, potted plants, bright prints and expansive patterns away from being bohemian. But the ground work was all there! Anyway, if you have a similar perception of bohemian style, then you got it all wrong. A floor covered with multiple rugs, a hint of greenery and a collection of your favorite items and mesmerizing colors make up the crux of this classic style. In all that bedlam, there is still a perfect order and ample inspiration.

A Bohemian approach to colors can really give your home a personality of its own

by Liz Stewart

Eclectic combination of both colors and decor defines this attractive living space

As we discussed above, bohemianism is all about embracing the world around you the way it exists and it sure is a long way away from modern decorating principles that tell you to take away as much as you can from the room. But at the heart of the style is a philosophy that embraces the defiant, the daring and the new. Ironic as it might sound, Bohemian style is for those who care less about style and more about life!

Fill your living room with a variety of antiques and collectibles you treasure

by Sarah Greenman

Plush couch in purple steals the show in this Bohemian living room

by Favreau Design

Expressive walls of the bedroom help shape a truly personal sanctuary

by Erika Bierman Photography

The haphazard look of the Bohemian style is definitely not for those with OCD!

by Lyndsee

Romantic bedroom in bohemian style is draped in beautiful pink hues

by Annette Tatum

Sherry Nothingam
Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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