Do you think bohemian is still a negative way to describe a room? I wasn’t quite sure how to title this post, as this look has come such a long way from the hippyish swathes of fabric and wafts of incense the word might bring to mind. To me, new bohemian style is a perfect showcase for layered global textiles, handcrafted details and a sophisticated use of colour, with just a quiet whisper of travel stories from far-flung places.
I’ve picked out five of my favourite bohemian bedrooms to show how changing the styling can give you a dramatically different feel. Which of these rooms would you most like to sleep in tonight?
I adore the feel of this bedroom: it’s a great example of how you can introduce ethnic textiles to your home in a soft and subtle way. Layer tapestry cushions, a gorgeous kantha quilt and African baskets onto a neutral canvas of white and wood to achieve this effortless yet interesting style. The single plant in the window is the perfect finishing touch to lift the room.
Dark, moody blue is my wall colour of the moment. I love the way it’s restful, yet atmospheric; sophisticated, yet quirky. In this bedroom the dark wall the ideal backdrop for the painterly floral fabrics and vintage paintings. The mustard yellow lampshade and pleated cushion are on just the right side of old-fashioned to create a classy bohemian feel.
Strip back the colour and pile on the texture to create a contemporary Moroccan-inspired bedroom. Here boho style gets a modern twist in black and white with beautiful traditional accessories, including a handira wedding blanket, punched metal light and carved door – use wood panels fixed to the wall to give a similar effect.
This bedroom gives boho style a pretty twist by mixing ethnic patterns with florals. It’s not a combination you’d immediately think of, but a common colour palette of pink, purple, yellow and black pulls the various prints together perfectly. The suzani light shade and tassled rug are my favourite details… there’s just something about tassles that makes me smile!
The bohemian look is normally associated with a dazzling array of bright, jewel-like colours. I chose this room to show how you can use colour slightly differently to create a softer effect using chalky shades and time-softened textiles. I love this elaborate cane headboard from a fair trade project in Java teamed with the gorgeous kantha bedspread – the ones we sell at Decorator’s Notebook are made by a social enterprise in Bangladesh which helps victims of sex trafficking rebuild their lives. The beautiful lilac kantha below would be perfect in a room just like this – it’s a one-of-a-kind and costs £165 at Decorator’s Notebook.
Handmade kantha quilt, £165, Decorator’s Notebook
Have you been surprised by how varied bohemian style can be and which look would suit your home best? And is there a better word than ‘bohemian’ to describe this look?