Somewhere between longing for freed-up spaces and perhaps taking note of the minimalist trend, I fell in love with bohemian (also referred to as boho) style. It started slowly – first with an inclination to pops of black, then subtle hints of geometric shapes – and being that I love all things timeless, I narrowed down what I think is influencing this ‘new love’. Here are my observations:
– The Neutrals: This one is a constant and a true anchor for my preferred style, wardrobe included. Earthy colours give me a sense of calm and I always want my home to make room for quiet. Whilst bohemian style tends to be punctuated by salmons and rustic oranges, neutrals are a firm backdrop.
– The Layered Textures: I read somewhere that our eyes can ‘feel’ texture and though I have no scientific evidence, I can relate to this. An all-neutral room can feel lifeless, but add to it texture by including a linen curtain, a weathered-wood coffee table, a chunky throw, some tassled cushions, and the room comes alive.
– The Leather Pieces: I love love love leather! Whether it’s a major feature such as a couch, or a cow hide rug, leather brings understated class and warmth into a room.
– The Relaxed Nature: Bohemian style easily lends itself to casual living and as much as I enjoy a traditional look, there’s something about this style that says ‘come as you are’.
– The Mismatched Design: This might just be my favourite element about boho – the eclectic mix makes it all look like a creative’s dream. Vintage and modern, pinks and blues – it’s all curated playfulness.
There are a variation of interpretations of bohemian style – more often colourful and a little messy – but the above images capture my palette: muted-colours, softer-on-the-eye. If you’re looking to incorporate this style in your own home, H&M has some really great decor items – I’ve added some options below, but you can swoon away over here.
Happy 2018, friends! Here’s to being surrounded by what we love and making room for our evolving selves.