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Bohemian Chic Decorating StyleIf you're looking for a casual, original and highly personal way to decorate your home, the Bohemian Chic style could be just what you have in mind. This style features plenty of different textures and colors, providing an ample supply of visual interest and originality.
The primary focus of this decorating style is the desire to transform ordinary, mundane items into something that looks artistic and chic. The style draws its name from the non-traditional lifestyle and tastes of "bohemians," which is a term that is often used to refer to creative people such as writers, artists and musicians.
It might seem impossible to put a label on a decorating style that is so individualistic and personalized. However, there are a few decorating styles and techniques that you can use to bring this chic look to your own home.
Bohemian Color SchemesWhen choosing colors for a bohemian chic-styled room, look for shades that are basically deep, warm and rich. In most cases, you'll want to select several different colors. Don't be afraid of selecting several rich colors that work together, although you can also get some great effects by mixing deep shades with neutrals.
Deep shades are usually the best choice when selecting wall colors. For example, deep brown, burgundy, purple or blue could all be good choices. Bright colors should be generally avoided with this decorating style. For instance, although white would look too bright and out of place, a rich cream shade could work quite well.
If you are using several deep shades in the same room, try tying them together visually by including an area rug or a piece of art that contains all of the various colors used.
Bohemian Chic Furniture SelectionsWhen choosing furniture for this style of decorating, focus on pieces that look unique. If you find a piece of interesting furniture that can double as a focal point, it's generally a good sign that it could work well in a bohemian-styled room.
Flea markets, garage sales and second hand shops are great places to look for interesting one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that can work well with this decorating style. Victorian-styled furniture pieces tend to work especially well, but you can also transform an ordinary furniture piece into something special by accessorizing it with a tapestry throw or a richly colored slipcover.
Accessorizing the Bohemian Chic RoomOnce you have your color scheme and furniture selections decided upon, it's time to turn your attention to accessorizing the look. Almost anything goes with this decorating style, but pieces that have a bit of an old-world look to them tend to work best.
Items collected from various countries and destinations can be blended together to create an interesting and personalized look. Vintage boxes, ornate mirrors, wall maps, aged photographs, unique art pieces, and anything else that has an old and interesting look would be a good choice. For the most part, you should avoid any accessories that seem just a bit too modern, as they can detract from the overall look and feel of the room. You'll undoubtedly find that decorating a room in the bohemian chic style can be a great deal of fun, while also providing a great look in your home.