Style Series: Week 3

When we think about interior design, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a specific style or look.  Over the past couple of weeks, we have taken a closer look at traditional design and modern design.  Now it is time to really loosen up and let our imagination and creativity flow.  What if we don’t want to choose sleek, clean lines, or muted, earthy tones?  What if matching furniture is not important to us?  What if we want to fill the space with bright colors and textures, and items that we have accumulated over time?

If these questions resonate with you, then boho design style may be the perfect choice when it comes to your home décor.  On the surface, it may seem simple.  Throw together anything and everything into one space and…voila, bohemian vibe achieved.  Of course, there is a much more complex process if you want to successfully pull off this look with a tasteful and controlled design.  Let’s look a little closer.


Boho is derived from European bohemia, and emerged from the blend of different cultures that were immersed in rich textiles from around the world.  A nomadic lifestyle was conducive to experiencing an eclectic mix of styles, and over time the distinctive look and feel of accumulated pieces and fabrics took on a life of its own.  The 60’s and 70’s embraced this aesthetic and the bohemian movement erupted.

As we know, each decade latches on to different style elements and trends, and while this look is certainly not for everyone, it is an aesthetic that transcends time and place, and can certainly define your home design.

Bohemian Elements

The beauty of boho design is that there is no one set of features or design pieces that concretely defines the style.  In fact, mixing different styles and making it your own version is what sets this style apart and makes it so unique.  But we can look at a few pieces that one might find in a boho inspired space.

Plush furnishings and fabrics are complemented with colorful patterns and an abundance of cushions and throw pillows.  Lanterns and diverse lighting are a staple in creating this vibe and atmosphere.  Bold prints and colorful rugs can be matched with embellished curtains, driftwood, and worldly trinkets.  A great advantage of this design style is the ability to use possessions that you have accumulated over time, or items that you find on your journeys and everyday life.


This term can be used to describe a more modern take on this style.  Bohemian doesn’t have to mean cluttered shelves and over-adornment on walls.  It is possible to have a modern space and mix in bohemian elements.  The contrast of white and color with gold accents can create a beautiful effect.

 The possibilities are endless when it comes to boho design.  You can incorporate pieces that you already own, or you can embark on a hunt for worldly treasures.  This style can scream warmth and comfort, but still be modern.  Be bold, be creative, and have fun.

Next week we will look at minimalism, a stark contrast to boho design.  See you then!