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Furnishing

Boho style: 9 steps to vibrant home design with chic

Susanne Loacker

Colorful, unique, personal: the boho style turns every room into a place where you feel like smiling all the time.

Boho: a trend with an interesting history

There are different theories about the origin of the term and the style “boho”. One begins with the bohemians: artists, writers and all kinds of free spirits who did not comply with stylistic conventions and furnished their homes in a colorful and unconventional way. Another goes back to the origin of the word: “Bohemia”. This was an area where, in as early as the 15th century, many people lived in itinerant communities and traveled the countryside in colorful vehicles, representing a symbol of a carefree way of life.

Another theory is that the boho design style has its origins in early 19th century France, when artists and bohemians moved to the less expensive areas of Paris, which were also home to the Romani, originally of Indian descent. In doing so, the artists chose to distance themselves from the bourgeois expectations of society and to seek other ideals.

The style was rediscovered in the 60s and 70s, when it was closely related to or equivalent to “hippie chic”, depending on the interpretation: Even then, it consisted not only of wild clothes, but also of corresponding interior decoration.

Five cloths in various colors with different patterns on them hang from a bar.

A bit of hippie, a bit of ethno and a lot more: boho combines different styles into a harmonious whole.

1. The boho principle: a little bit of everything – as long as it’s colorful

No matter how you combine the theories: the boho style is a bit of hippie, a fraction of globetrotter, a touch of eternal childhood, a pinch of ethno, a dash of eclecticism and a certain amount of coincidence. And above all, it is one thing: as unique as you are.

As globetrotters from all over the world brought back souvenirs, a lively and comfortable “mix and match” was created in their homes – comprising bright blankets, natural-colored objects or plants from distant countries. Furniture was mostly second hand, the chairs were as comfortable as possible, the curtains rather heavy. Lighting was often decentralized, so there were many small sources instead of one dominant main light, and candles were also popular. A boho-style room is a cozy place where you want to spend time and read, meditate, talk to friends or listen to music in peace and quiet.

2. All is permitted that pleases

A house, an apartment or even a single room in the boho style should tell a story. It should stand for the people who live there. There is no right or wrong, no suitable or unsuitable. You are the greatest common denominator of style. Anything you like is allowed.

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3. The choice of natural materials

The “Bohemia” rattan chair (535 francs) is an eye-catching feature. Thanks to its bright natural material and playful shapes, it is pure, unadulterated “boho”. You can also put “Bohemia” outside because it’s weatherproof.

4. Nothing works without greenery

For an authentic boho style, you need plants. If you don’t have the time, inclination or a green thumb, you can opt for artificial plants, for example in the form of wall decoration (309 francs) with sweet succulent plants or a cherry tree (560 francs).

5. Relaxation, security, lightness

“Hanging chairs” are another boho must-have. They convey a sense of security and lightness, as well as looking great. This hanging chair in gray is available with or without a frame, so it can either hang or stand. It is assembled by the supplier on request (and for a supplement), weighs 25 kilos, can carry 90 kilos and costs from 450 francs.

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6. It’s the mix that matters

Sometimes it doesn’t take much: the shower curtain that turns Mexican painter Frida Kahlo into a music groupie, will give your bathroom a boho look in no time at all. It measures 180x180 centimeters and costs 54.90 francs.

7. Colors welcome

The Bohemians knew how important relaxation is in our hectic world. The Pouf Brahmani, named after a river in eastern India, is a perfect example. It comes in natural boho colors, is made of wool, cotton and jute, and costs 199 francs.

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8. A plaid for every situation

A plaid (this one measures 130x170 centimeters and costs 44.95 francs) can be used in a variety of ways: it makes the floor comfortable, transforms a plain-colored sofa into boho style in no time at all, or hangs on the wall as a boho eye-catcher.

9. Lighting? Multiple small light sources

Not one glaring lamp, but multiple small light sources to make the room really cozy. If you like a rather romantic atmosphere, you can add candles too. This ten-part Wessel tea light set from Bloomingville costs 54.90 francs, for example.

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