I’ve long been a fan of rustic colour palettes, natural textures and combining patterns from all four corners of the globe. And, I still feel that a battered leather armchair is the heart and soul of a room, and that kilims are must-haves, not optional. But, the boho trend has been experiencing a makeover as of late, and it seems to be for the better.
Meet Muted Bohemian, the trendy, yet sophisticated, older sister. While still embracing the underlying eclectic charm, this updated version favours more subtle shades. Think understated desert hues such as rose pink, dusty coral and warm beige, combined with plenty of white to keep it looking bright and fresh.
The key to this trend is about not overdoing it. While still embracing exotic textiles, go for more temporary accessories such as rugs and cushions which you can move around freely to create different looks. It’s easy to be in awe of a statement sofa in bright designs, but also very easy to tire of it.
To give your space depth and add interest, mix soft furnishings with more tactile pieces. The bohemian movement has always embraced natural materials, but this time choose items which serve a purpose in the home, rather than just gimmicky objects, such as hanging mobiles or dream catchers. This will automatically give the room a more grown-up feel. My go-to textures are jute and rattan.
Interspersing bohemian hints throughout your home and being strategic about where you place them, will ensure it doesn’t turn into a museum of crafts. While I’d advise against buying souvenirs just for the sake of it, picking up meaningful objects along your travels is a great way to personalise your space and a constant reminder of happy adventures.