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3 Design Ideas From Bohemian Modern

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 by

Interior design writer Emily Henson is back with a beautiful new coffee table book Bohemian Modern, following the success of her Modern Rustic title. For Bohemian Modern, the former Anthropologie merchandiser has turned her eye to vibrant decor inspired by 70s craft, ethnic prints and retro accessories. We’ve noticed a growing trend towards all things ‘bohemian’, and can’t help but be inspired by the relaxed, unconventional lifestyle the term epitomises. Think eclectic style, with keepsakes gathered from different cultures around the world and design that draws influence from literary, musical and artistic sources.

Bohemian Modern by Emily Henson, £19.99, Amazon

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Bohemian Modern, by Emily Henson
Photography by Katya de Grunwald
Image courtesy of Ryland Peters & Small

There are no rules when it comes to styling your home the bohemian modern way. The look portrayed in Bohemian Modern is all about embracing colour and individuality, warming up an urban space with bright tactile fabrics, unique vintage accessories and colourful house plants. We’ve whittled down our top 3 favourite design ideas for how to get the look at home.

1. Print

Mix up traditional or Victorian prints with a retro colour palette and white walls for a really unique design statement.

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Quirky traditional wallpaper really compliments the light-filled dining space of this old church in the Netherlands
Photography by Katya de Grunwald
Image courtesy of Ryland Peters & Small

Funky, ethnic prints make a bold statement and can work well even when contrasted with each other. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and pair Moroccan prints with chevron, or Persian rugs with Indian wall hangings. We recommend incorporating florals for a retro vibe, such as this wallpaper from Bodie and Fou.

Withered Flowers Colour Archives Wallpaper JOB-07 by Studio Job, £199 per roll, Bodie and Fou

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Withered Flowers Wallpaper, Bodie and Fou
Image courtesy of bodieandfou.com

West African or Moroccan inspired prints are great for introducing a relaxed, ethnic vibe to a modern space. Embroidered fabrics or fringing really complete the look.

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Cosy cushions in funky prints mesh well with sheepskin and neutral walls
Photography by Katya de Grunwald
Image courtesy of Ryland Peters & Small

Geo Rectangle Throw, £78, Anthropologie

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Geo Rectangle Throw, Anthropologie
Image courtesy of anthropologie.eu

2. Culture

Channel a well-travelled, bohemian style with colourful artworks with an international leaning. Whether it be Chinese lanterns, African wall art or European film posters, these keepsakes give your home a cultured, personalised touch.

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Vibrant coloured walls compliment ethnic wall art and keepsakes
Photography by Katya de Grunwald
Image courtesy of Ryland Peters & Small

Historic and vintage artworks or posters add refinement and iconic design to a modern home, and Rue Marcellin has a flawless section. We also love this vintage movie poster, hailing from 1920s Soviet Russia and available from The Gifted Few. Aside from being an iconic design reference, the art deco style and vivid use of colour could brighten up any modern space.

‘Man With The Movie Camera’ Framed Art Print 1929, £34.95,  The Gifted Few

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‘Man With The Movie Camera’ Framed Art Print, 1929, The Gifted Few
Image courtesy of thegiftedfew.com

Get creative with sub-Saharan African prints and artwork that have a block colour palette and stylised illustrations, great for brightening up an open plan or minimalist modern space.

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Sub-Saharan African Wall Art can really bring colour and unusual shapes into a modern space
Photography by Katya de Grunwald
Image courtesy of Ryland Peters & Small

Thanks to the contemporary design and soft shades of this biota cushion from Anthropologie, it could work in any room.

Biota cushion, £58, Anthropologie

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Biota Cushion, Anthropologie
Image courtesy of anthropologie.eu

3. Unique storage

Bohemian Modern suggests many creative storage solutions, such as allowing your shelving to become wall art with a display of house plants and quirky accessories. The takeaway here is to avoid neatness, and embrace individuality.

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Playful storage becomes wall art and can house an abundance of plants
Photography by Katya de Grunwald
Image courtesy of Ryland Peters & Small

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Bookshelf and house plant storage inspiration from a relaxed bohemian lounge
Photography by Katya de Grunwald
Image courtesy of Ryland Peters & Small

Use woven baskets as storage, and consider rich textures and organic materials, such as bamboo. Relaxed bohemian style is all about being a little rough around the edges, and using your imagination. For example, these baskets from Design Vintage could hold clothing, spices or house plants.

Black and White Bamboo Baskets, from £26, Design Vintage

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Black and White Bamboo Baskets, Design Vintage
Image courtesy of designvintage.co.uk

Alternatively, display your keepsakes with an industrial frame shame shelf, like this one from Vincent and Barn, and let your eclectic style speak for itself.

A Frame Shelf, £285, Vincent and Barn 

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A Frame Shelf, Vincent and Barn
Image courtesy of vincentandbarn.co.uk

For a creative way to display candles, we love the rustic feel of this hanging art nouveau candleholder from Rockett St George.

Art Nouveu Hanging Candle Holder, £14, Rockett St George

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Art Nouveau Hanging Candle Holder, Rockett St George
Image courtesy of rockettstgeorge.co.uk

What do you think of the bohemian modern look? If you’re feeling inspired, take a look at our review of Modern Rustic by Emily Henson. We’ve also got plenty more bohemian design ideas in the archives, and on Pinterest!

NB. Since this post went live we’re thrilled to announce the first Warehouse Home book will be published Thames & Hudson in Spring 2017. Join us as we travel from New York to Melbourne, London to Hong Kong, visiting some of the world’s most inspirational industrial conversions in this, the debut Warehouse Home coffee table book

Follow My Warehouse Home’s board Bohemian Chic for Lofts and Warehouse Conversions on Pinterest.

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