When it comes to interior design, some people might freeze. “I’m no designer,” they’ll say. “I have no eye for what matches, complimentary colors, or any of that!” But, if you ask me, every one of us is a designer. Everything you do within your home attributes to its character and design and you’re designing it as you go.
One of my favorite interior design trends is the bohemian trend. It’s so exotic and cozy-looking that I couldn’t help but wonder more about its origin and history. Bohemian style breaks the rules, and that comes from a word that dates back to the 1800s.
The word itself originally was used to describe someone’s lifestyle; someone leading a bohemian life was non-conforming. That word became associated with “gypsy” when used to refer to people leaving Bohemia in Central Europe.
A bohemian person breaks the rules and they make their own way in life. Slowly this began to influence home design and has grown in popularity over the years. Today’s design trend is inspired by just this lifestyle.
With this design trend, there is a noticeable Indian and Moroccan influence, and it’s believed that this came from Gypsies who came from these areas of the world. Also prominent are Arabian Nights, Rococo, and others; really anything. The key to remember is that bohemian style breaks the rules, so aspects of different cultures can be seen across the board.
So, if you think you aren’t a designer and you’re just throwing things together without a care for design definitions, you might just be falling into the bohemian category of design. This translates to your home’s interior design in the most fun way possible. You can truly express yourself and your favorite things if you opt for this design route. Be sure to highlight all things you and have fun with it!
If you’re looking for a bohemian feel in your home, there are some key concepts (note, not rules–concepts) you’ll want to keep in mind. The first is to lean towards flea markets and antique shops for furnishing your home. You’ll be more likely to find pieces that fit all the aspects of this interior design method as mentioned below.
First thing, be sure to fill up space. You don’t want to keep big empty spaces for a clean, minimalist feel. You want to keep things unexpected and keep the eye moving from piece to piece. While you don’t want to over-decorate and clutter up your space, you want to fill it enough to create a fun, cozy feel.
Don’t worry about matching furniture—in fact, you want pieces that each stand out on their own in a unique way. Plants are a great way to bring color and texture to your bohemian décor. The more eclectic the better! Free your spirit and have fun while you decorate.
Patterns are always a great way to incorporate a bohemian vibe into your home. Both suzani and tie-dye are extremely popular patterns for this trend. Patterns don’t need to match and neither do colors. Rugs are also a great way to add both color and patterns to any room.
Of course, there are interior designers who specialize in bohemian design, so you can always speak with or hire one to create just the right atmosphere in your home.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.