As a child of the 1970’s, the peak of the hippie, bohemian culture; boho reminds me of bright colors, pattern, natural elements, and a laid-back vibe. Fashion and decor mirrored one another in the flowing fabrics, freedom of movement, and relaxed nature. It is so exciting that boho is back in style but with a modern, contemporary interpretation. Modern boho interiors (and fashion) still use color, pattern, and natural elements. But it also has a sleeker and pared down aesthetic.
To achieve this free-spirited look with a contemporary, modern focus, these elements will help you on your way.
Color and Pattern
All boho looks have color. Bright, beautiful colors that either contrast or compliment. In the modern boho interior, color is done with a restrained hand. Throw pillows, rugs, and art have color but are layered on neutral basics. The large pieces of furniture are usually upholstered in neutral tones (including lots of white and cream). Color elements are limited and placed to create interest without overwhelming the eye.
Rugs are an anchor and focal piece to the modern boho interior. Area rugs are key to achieve the look; avoiding wall to wall carpeting if possible. In spaces that are already carpeted, layering area rugs over the carpet is a great solution. Kilim rugs are particularly popular and suited for the boho interior. They feature great color combinations and pattern. Because they are a flat woven rug, they are easily layered over one another for added interest.
What is a Kilim Rug?
Unlike a traditional carpet where the individual colored threads are knotted to create the pattern; Kilim rugs, however, use color threads to weave the pattern. The rugs are created using a specific weave that creates the tightly woven rug. Diagonal patterns are most popular in Kilim rugs because they best keep the integrity of the tight weave, though floral and other patterns can be found too.
Interestingly, modern boho shares elements with the sleek and minimal style lines of mid-century modern. The two styles work beautifully together. Perhaps it is the sleek lines of mid-century, the blonde wood, and simple fabrics that marry well with the colors and textures in modern boho.
Boho style demands a bit of greenery in the room. Bring the outdoors in with beautiful plants in colorful clay pots to add texture, freshness, and light to the room. Want to take it to the next level? Use macrame to hang plants from the ceiling or ceiling beams. Put plants on stands of wood or other organic material.
Faux Fur, Woven Wall Hangings, Lighting
A bohemian look is really a world travelers collection; a combination of east meets west in terms of styles, colors, and textures. Add a throw of faux fur to bring warmth, texture, and color to a room. Layer different lanterns and candles on a table or buffet piece. Add that beautifully woven wall hanging. Each of these accessories adds that extra layer of modern boho to the room, enhancing the other elements.