If Pinterest is your go-to for inspiration, this won’t come as a surprise — the biggest interior design trend this season is a warm throwback to the hippie era, and it reflects the tastes of an eclectic global traveller. We’re talking all things Bohemian, of course. Here are some notes on how to bring it home.
Why go Boho?
This trend opens up your space to say ‘make yourself at home.’ “The decor is rooted in freedom and everything that brings forth a sense of it – Free spirited, form agnostic and free of rules,” says Rukmini Ray Kadam, a city-based decor blogger and interior designer. According to her, “It could be earthy and full of natural elements and plants. It could be modern and have clean lines with the decorative exuberance of a Bohemian. It could also be romantic with loads of rich textures and layers and quirky corners or it could be dreamy and beachy or maximal!” The possibilities lie in exploration and your willingness to experiment. According to Mohit Sharma, founder of Bengaluru-based Decorlane, this trend helps break out of the monotonous palette of colours that we are so used to. “It’s for those who live unconventional lives and like to mix colours, patterns and textures. This decor is influenced by traditional designs and colours which help achieve a free spirited and a fun loving look,” he adds.
Since Boho homes blur the line between the indoors and outdoors, going au naturale with leafy greens is the biggest winner to make your interiors chic and chill. This, not by working conventional flowers in a vase, but by incorporating tree branch cuttings in clear glass, terrariums and the like. “House plants such as money plants, monstera, snake plants and succulents are the easiest to take care and they look lush and colourful. Hit a flea market to find handmade planters or make your own with acrylic paints and old tins and pots. Play around with terracotta, ceramic, used metal or macramé DIY planters and mix and match your plants with them,” suggests Mona Fernandes of Pretty Patio. An idoliser of designer, artist, a global go-to source for Bohemian inspiration and creator of the award-winning thejungalow.com, Justina Blakeney, Rukmini adds a similar vibe with pothos, creepers, succulents and cacti. “Another way to bring this decor into your space is by getting out the rugged, the old and the faded. Invest in a Kilim rug, hang a carpet on the wall and turn an old t-shirt into a pouf! Seriously, the possibilities are endless,” she says. For starters, throw around some Moroccon-inspired accent pillows, colourful paper lanterns, paint a wall with bright colours reminiscent of a Turkish bazaar or use multi-tonal ikat prints for throws. “The easiest way to add a bohemian edge to your living room is to include an array of colours and textures in the rugs, blankets and even wall art. Also, carved cupboards fit in very well,” adds Mohit. You can also take it up a notch by skipping on the customary couch and adding low level seating, tribal rugs, crochet curtains, hammock chairs, mirrors and twinkling fairy lights to add to the mystique vibe. After all, it’s all about creating your own