Don’t be afraid to mix it up when decorating at home. We’re loving Justina Blakeney’s new book, The New Bohemians (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), which showcases free-spirited, norules, unconventional decorating.
Less hippie and more hipster (without the attitude), Justina’s philosophy for boho decorating goes against the norm: Don’t buy all new furnishings; don’t be afraid to clash; decorate with your heart; and feel free to let go and experiment.
We asked Justina for her 5 rules for Boho style:
1. DON’T BE AFRAID OF
COLOR. Justina says,
“Paint is your best friend: Paint the walls, paint the furniture, paint weird things that you wouldn’t think of painting!”
2. ADD TEXTILES.
Cover furniture with textiles and layer away: Colors and patterns create a “comfy, cozy, relaxed boho vibe.” It’s also easier than getting furniture reupholstered.
3. ADD PLANTS.
“It’s the easiest way to breathe life into a space,” says Justina. Hang plants from curtain rods, tuck inside empty drawers, have them spill over the tops of cabinets.
4. ADD TEXTURE.
Think sheepskins, rattans, fringe trim, shaggy rugs, anything that adds visual interest to your home.
5. MIX IT UP. Think old and new from all over the world. Japanese ceramics, Turkish rugs, pillows from Morocco, throw blankets from Mexico. When you travel, pick up souvenirs and accessories so your home becomes a reflection of your inner nomadic bohemian.