The Bohemian’s Guide to Mixing and Matching Patterns
Plus, the spaces that did it best.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 7:51 AM
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, identify the point in your home where you would like to focus. You may start small with throws and pillows, implement a refresh with new bedding, or opt for a complete revamp from the floors to the walls. Regardless of which you chose, it’s helpful to identify the basics of what you will have to swap out. Be it a new rug, fresh wallpaper, or an entirely new living room set.
Find balance with neutrals.
They are a major element of bohemian design, present in a variety of forms not limited to natural wood accents and colors. Here, it manifests itself via the woven straw hats and the solid wood bench, inconspicuously set in the corner of the room.
implementing a motif
within the design can also make a remarkable difference. The romantically-inclined slew of floral patterns in this West Village home is one such example—that can easily translate from the furnishings to the accents on top. Note how this globally-inspired scene features a scheme comprised almost exclusively of moody tones, yet manages to integrate a healthy dose of neutrals to offset the intensity. Another unifying factor? The bright red coffee table, which emulates the pops of color found within the art and throw pillows.
More is always more
. When it comes to the boho chic, our decorative elements of choice usually entail floral-inspired motifs, woven textures, and a lively mix of colors that pull the entirety of the look together. And this charming, Brooklyn playroom proves just that. The established palette allows for a wide array of hues used, exemplified in the form of the wallpaper that clads the bunk bed, the Moroccan rug, and the globally-inspired and pattern-charged pillows that complete the space.
Greenery is an undeniable staple
of a bohemian decor scheme (seriously, have you ever seen a boho space without it?), so mixing and matching patterned plants fits right in with the theme. And yes, patterned plants are in fact a thing. Consider it the starter point for mixing prints, after all, the color palette is essentially set and all you really have to do is focus on a cohesive set of planters. Hilton Carter’s revamped loft did just that, utilizing a variety of greens to implement a lively detail to the space.
Stick to a theme.
“Discovering your spirit environment [such as the jungle beach, or desert] can help to learn the colors, scents, textures, and sounds that light you up and make you feel your best,” advises boho-guru Justina Blakeney. And this dreamy, outdoor space does just that. From the abundance of vibrant, warm hues to the beautifully over-the-top mix of patterns found throughout, it creates a unique setting that exudes pure relaxation.
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