One of the main macro trends in this period is all about expressing individuality in our home decor.
Decorating is becoming more and more a fact of expressing individuality, originality and diversity, more than Instagram-worthy and all-the-same interiors. This is especially true for the Gen Z people, that’s to say, the youngest generations,
Bohemian Decorating is exactly about expressing individuality in our homes, through a rule-breaking and unconventional style. So it’s easy to understand why this well-known style, already popular some years ago ( remember about the boho-chic fever? ), is becoming one of the most relevant nowadays as well.
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HISTORY & FACTS
In modern use, the term “Bohemian” is applied to people who live unconventional and usually artistic lifestyles.
Even though it’s often associated with the hippie style of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and the boho-chic trend of the early 2000s, bohemian culture dates back over 200 years and has a very rich and interesting history which moves from Paris, accross London, to the US till becoming a worldwide trend.
The original “Bohemians” , in fact, were travellers or refugees from central Europe (hence, the French bohémien, for “gypsy“), as a counterculture in 19th century France after the French revolution. Since this new group of creatives dressed in artistic and quirky ways, the general public initially compared them to the nomadic gypsies who dressed similarly and had migrated from an area of Eastern Europe called ‘Bohemia’.
Strikingly similar to The Romantics in France, Britain saw the rise of Pre-Raphaelites. This group of British artists wanted to infuse creativity, sincerity, and emotion in art and literature. The Pre-Raphaelites rejected restrictive clothes like corsets and stiff clothing in favor of unrestricted dresses, flowing hairstyles with flowers for adornment, and colorful beaded necklaces. This further popularized the free-spirited bohemian aesthetic.
Cut to 1950’s America, and you’ll see the rise of Beatniks. This group of people were fierce supporters of free speech and were non-conformists. They often wore simple, low-profile clothes that were often all-black, but they expressed their individuality through their art, poetry, and literary work. Their beliefs sowed the seeds of The Hippie Culture in the 1960s.
The Hippie Culture of 1960’s America combined the non-conformist Beatnik philosophy with the colorful, free-spirited Bohemian aesthetic to give birth to the Boho fashion style that we see today. Hippies expressed their individuality with colorful fabrics and wore soft, flowing dresses, scarves, and kimonos. They also wore handcrafted accessories, boots, and jewelry with tassels, fringes, and beaded embellishments. Floral prints, animal patterns, and quirky color combinations became quite popular as well.
The 2000s blended various elements of different boho styles into the ‘boho-chic’’ aesthetic that’s popular all over the world today.
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THE STYLE TODAY
Nouveau: The “new Bohemian” has money. They will never understand the “starving artist” mentality.
Gypsy: The go wherever the wind blows Bohem. “They are folksy flower children, hippies, psychedelic travelers, fairy folk, dreamers, Deadheads, Phish fans, medievalists, anachronistic throwbacks to a more romantic time…”4
Beat: This is the throwing-caution-to-the-wind, non-committal, reckless, wandering, poetic type. (This reminds me of Jess from The Gilmore Girls…)
Zen: They’re focused on spiritualism rather than art, tend to be rather New Age.
Dandy: Rather than create art himself or hold onto money, the Dandy Bohem is more of a non-conventional art enthusiast. He wants to appear as though he has money, though he is not wealthy. He tends to purchase one-of-a-kind, expensive pieces just to say he has them.
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THE STYLE IN OUR HOMES
We already published a short guide about how to get the perfect boho style home in this link.
However, to make it short, the features of the decorating styles are very similar to the fashion ones, that are:
// Natural Fabrics: Natural materials like cotton, denim, leather, suede, linen, rayon, and silk, all in line with its earth-friendly philosophy.
// Choose earthy colors and avoid Neons, Over-Saturated Colors: go for earthy colors, neutrals or pastels and try pairing different shades of the same color with each other.
// Mix & match Patterns: add interest and decoration to a space by mixing different patterns, small with big ones, floral with geometries. ecc.
// Choose original and personal items: bring your individuality inside your home by decorating with personal and unique objects, like travel memories, finds from vintage markets, original objects,..
// Choose Artisanal Items: When you’re shopping, keep an eye out for artisanal furniture and decor with a unique design or look.
// Avoid Minimalism, Go Big: The bohemians are free spirits that don’t shy away from being themselves, and this remains true with their clothing and accessories, but also in the home decoration!
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