You are the quintessential bohemian, and your home is a perfect reflection.
Your design outlook is laid-back, your mantra: more is more, your collections are no doubt worldly.
You’ve proudly mastered mismatch as an art form.
Your style is unpredictable, well-curated and tells your travel story.
You are a proud collector of handmade curiosities, vintage furniture and original artwork that all collaborate to tell your life story is some form or another.
Layering is your meditation — rugs on rugs, patterns on patterns, pillows on pillows. There’s never enough, and if you are unsure about a new pattern, you add two!
It’s been ages since you’ve last seen your sofa under all those blankets and you could open up a china shop with all your mismatched stemware.
You like your beds low and your ceilings high. You’ve salvaged more mirrors than a thrift store, and your art collection boasts anything from a flea market score to a something you picked up at a gallery somewhere in Europe.
The essence of bohemian style has a similarity, a sisterhood, a shared soul, but its expression guaranteed to be unique.
Not a person on this planet would argue that this style radiates from every inch of your being and all would agree that nobody puts a bohemian in a corner when it comes to their style.
But you may be feeling like something is missing from your home, and you haven’t quite nailed your desired style results yet.
You often find yourself collecting and collecting, but your home is filling up with tons of things that aren’t jiving with the style you are trying to create.
Below are three bohemian style homes that you likely veer toward in one form or another with your authentic self sprinkled on top.
Getting clear on which style suits you will help you get laser-focused on what you have strongly gravitated toward in your decor and assist you in not crossing that line from “happy” maximalist to “holy shit what happened” hoarder.
Beginning with the end in mind will improve your buying confidence, teach you how to best use your resources and help you remove those duds that aren’t up to snuff with your tastes to make room for what’s most in character for you.
When you know what you want those things will be attracted you to like a magnet! So fine-tune your decisions and get ready to manifest your best living space yet.
Here are three types of bohemian style homes to fuel your spirit, inspire your creativity and keep you focused on what to look for when you’re collecting.
#1. Urban Bohemian
You have a collection of vintage, mid-century furniture and antiques.
You like your ceilings high, your windows grandiose, and your walls or floors exposed.
You live in an old warehouse full of old world charm.
Your favorite finishes are cement, brick or exposed steel copper tones.
You have custom cabinetry or appliances made out of antique sideboards and doors salvaged from lands far away.
Contemporary or molded plastic sit side-by-side with stained glass and Asian pottery.
You add drama with architectural salvage and large scale art.
You always go big on your chandeliers and would place a centerpiece fireplace in each room if the design allowed.
Tufted, Native American or tribal pieces speak to you along with antique pieces from India, China and Old World Europe.
Your style is well-curated, old world and collected.
# 2. Rustic Bohemian
You love nature. You may live at the beach or in the mountains.
Your home is full of texture: sisal, burlap, macrame, lace, and crochet to name a few.
Any given room at home might be dip-dyed, tie-dyed, texturized, patternized, floralized or striped.
You love swinging chairs, and your doorways lined with beaded or shelled curtains.
Your wood is distressed, your pots are full of plants, and you have at least one room dedicated to your collection of cowboy hats, surfboards or guitars.
You can’t get enough of cactus and succulents.
Your bedspreads are linen, and your pillows are Ikat, Suzani, geometric or tribal.
Your accessory tones range from muted to bright.
You love bringing natural textures in through the use of driftwood, stones, and shells.
You decorate with animal hides, heads or skins (faux or au naturel).
Your absolute favorite styles are predominately unfinished, rough, natural and cozy.
# 3. Artsy Bohemian
Your home is quirky, eclectic and wild. It’s part museum, part playhouse.
Just walking through your front door causes spontaneous happiness in others.
You love handmade elements, shopping local and shopping for vintage.
You have drama in every room whether it’s through your one-of-a-kind furniture, lighting, art or that gigantic outlandish statue that the thrift stop almost paid you to take home.
Everything is artistically mismatched.
You can’t get enough pattern, so your favorite choice: always patchworked. So, you never have to pick just one.
You have at least one atypical gallery wall showcasing your collection of ethnic baskets, macrame, ceramic plates or something of the sort.
Your walls are highly curated with art, your home filled to the brim with creativity, and most importantly: everybody wants to know where you got that distinctive chair.
Moving Toward The Home Of Your Dreams
Whether you choose style 1, 2, or 3 — you can begin with the end results in mind, improve your procuring and use the resources above to help you remove those duds that aren’t up to speed with your design tastes to make space for what’s most in alignment with your character.
Now that you have a guide, know what to shop for, and a have better idea of what you can ditch without the guilt. Get started today!
Focus on what you like at home and what you love about life. Those things will begin to show up on a silver platter. Clarity on your outcome and desired feelings will be moving you toward creating the Bohemian home and life of your dreams at the speed of light.