3 Design Ideas From Bohemian Modern
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
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.
Mix up traditional or Victorian prints with a retro colour palette and white walls for a really unique design statement.
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
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.
Geo Rectangle Throw, £78, Anthropologie
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.
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
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.
Thanks to the contemporary design and soft shades of this biota cushion from Anthropologie, it could work in any room.
Biota cushion, £58, Anthropologie
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.
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
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
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
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!
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