We like to think of ourselves as rather free spirited here at The FBC, keeping things pretty fluid and flexible in our busy lives. With festivals being notoriously bad for phone signal, it's a chance to unwind, embrace creativity and reconnect with nature, good music and friends. So, whilst everyone is unpacking their Glastonbury bags and reminiscing with the best playlists - we thought we'd offer up some inspiration on bringing the relaxed festival, boho-vibes home, without the mud!
Defining “bohemian” (boho) as an interior style is like trying to label something that can’t be labelled, it's all about personal character, creativity and is dependent on the individual. It has elements of shabby chic and eclecticism, mixed with an artistic and theatrical flamboyance that has little to do with trends. Boho is witty, whimsical and highly reflective of the mind and lifestyle of the person who embraces it. In its way it is an anti-style, but at its heart is a love of art, colour, contrasts, creativity, travel, adventure, the past and, above all, freedom from convention.
That said, there are some basics to help you create a bohemian sanctuary to bring a laid-back Ibiza sunset meets sunrise at Coachella vibe.
Mix Old & New for an Eclectic Look
Combining old treasures from travels or items you just love amongst your newer pieces adds a sense of character which is fundamental to the boho look. A bohemian space should be about getting your creative juices flowing, so being surrounded by personal, loved items that tell a story should float your boho boat.
In the world of boho, walls are blank canvases made to be filled with art.
Lighting in a boho bedroom should have a warm glow, reminiscent of the soft, sunset glow over Worth Farm. Lighting should be indirect, flickering and filtered. Achieve this effect with metal lanterns hanging low, candles, coloured globes and vintage lampshades that diffuse light.
Mix Up Patterns & Textures
There’s a knack to putting many patterns together so they interact rather than distract, but in a boho interior, the main rule of thumb with pattern is: go with what you love!
Show & Tell
Bohos don’t hide anything decorative away. If you have unique trinkets and sentimental treasures, put them where they give you pleasure every day. Display necklaces from wall hung antlers, make a display of hats on your wall, pile vintage suitcases high, have a shabby chic hanging rail displaying your favourite pieces of clothing and deck your dressing table with colourful perfume bottles and vases with small flowers.
It's All About the Bed
Think of your bed as an artwork in itself. Put some thought into what would make you want to spend time there. Layers, layers and more layers! Natural materials like linen and cotton along with natural wood tones, with soft textures like velvets and sheepskins, all help to reconnect with a sense of nature.
The bohemian philosophy, perfectly expressed: “Life is beautiful. I accept everyone as they are. I am free.”
In the same way there will never be another you, one thing is for sure: As long as you have a bohemian bedroom, you will never see another bedroom quite like yours.