simple bohemian is probably my favorite simple style right now. i love the warmth that color and ethnic craft can bring to the home. i still love uncluttered spaces, however, so editing is very important here (to me). if we start with a clean palette of neutral walls, clean floors and minimal possessions, a single craigslist rug and a bolga basket can bring bohemian spirit.
deep color such as crimson reds or indigo blues invigorate minimal spaces in a hurry. plants also bring life and color that complement bohemian style perfectly, macrame plant hangers and wall hung weavings are welcome touches. ethnic textile choices abound. choose an african mud cloth turned throw blanket, a moroccan wedding blanket turned pillow, or pillows made from an old kilim rug.
bold color often comes to mind first with this style, but soft colors could also be emphasized. a pale, neutral moroccan rug, a woven basket and carved wood could keep the feeling calm and serene,
the trick to keeping the look minimal is to choose only a couple/few elements for each room. the usual bohemian style likes to layer and add. simple bohemian style makes use of restraint and a keen sense of enough. the elements that are chosen seem special and storied. so maybe in the bedroom, a beautiful ethnic coverlet could be added to the white sheets. a plant hung from a macrame plant hanger and a basket for the laundry brings the room into the realm of simple bohemian. in the living room, a special rug and a piece of native american pottery picked up on a memorable road trip could complement a cheerful plant on a skillfully carved wooden stool.
i like to keep the bohemian elements functional. this ensures that they are not just extra clutter, but useful as well as beautiful. an african bolga basket can hold toys or mending. a lovely ceramic cup can hold a warm drink or an air plant on the windowsill. a block printed scarf can be used as a throw on the couch or be hung above the bed in between stints of adding warmth around the neck.
hardworking beauty can lend itself to simplicity in many forms. let simplicity be beauty, however it is that we see it.
favorite spots for inspiration:
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