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By Bailey Holtz
The word “Boho” is almost exclusively applied to the clothing style that was popularized by Sienna Miller and the Olsen twins in the early 2000s. Boho encompasses a wide range of influences and elements, but in general, it’s characterized by loose, colorful, patterns, embellishments, layers, and metal and wooden accents. No one has ever used the word “Boho” to describe a living space. Until now! Boho is a wonderfully fun, carefree, and flexible style that can easily be applied to any room.
Below is a guide on how to translate the Boho clothing style we all know into Boho furnishings for your home:
Sheer fabrics -> Glass accents. Glass is a woefully underutilized decorative element. It lends life and color to your space, without cluttering it or absorbing precious light. Like this beautiful glass lamp (left), for instance; it’s substantial, but still vaguely reminds you of a wine bottle, which is fun!
Breezy, loose shapes -> Afghans, throws, quilts. Pile ‘em on! Create an atmosphere so comfy and inviting, that whenever you lift up a blanket, you might just find a stray house guest hiding under it!
Florals -> Floral cushions and pillows. The beauty of pillows is that they can be moved and removed. Indulge in some wild, colorful, flowery pillows, and when they start inducing hypnosis, trade them in for new ones.
Prints -> Patterns. Boho is all about combining mismatched prints to create an eclectic look. Don’t be afraid of going big! Look at this beautiful dresser (left); it manages to be both exuberant and subtle at the same time, capturing the essence of Boho.
Layers -> Artwork. Pile on the art! Cover your walls with the free posters you’ve collected over the years but have never had the guts (or desire) to hang up. Remember, it’s not about the individual pieces, but about their combined effect on the room.
Lace & embroidery -> Lace & embroidery. Okay, so this is a one-to-one translation. But you’re going to thank me for mentioning this because it is a ton of fun to browse boxes of fabrics, handkerchiefs, doilies, hand towels, and other inexpensive treasures at flea markets.
Furs -> Animal skins. Nothing says luxury and ruggedness in the very same breath quite like fur. Get some faux furs to drape around and watch your houseguests fight for a spot on them.
Wooden jewelry -> Wood furnishings. Incorporating natural woods into your space will give it a from-the-Earth feel that is quintessentially Boho. This gorgeous clock (left) reminds you what time it is, and reminds you that time is merely a construct and that all that really matters is existing in the here and now.
The wonderful thing about Boho is that it is inherently a heterogeneous, tossed-together look. Bringing Boho to your home is a great opportunity to reassess pieces that you might have been on the brink of throwing out or things that you love but just can’t find a spot for.