Bohemian style furniture appears to be garnering lots of attention right now, as trendy magazines, home decor shops and t.v. shows are all touting bohemian tastes. They state it is the ultimate in relaxed elegance. But what exactly is Bohemian style? Where does it work best? How is it achieved without looking forced or contrived?
As with all major design movements, mainstream saturation can often dilute the original concept to the point of total distortion. Indeed, when farmhouse chic was at one time en vogue, it meant a pared down rusticity and attention to more natural finishes. Now that the style has reached market saturation, low end imported “farm” style baskets, reproduction signs and decor has since diluted the essence of the original concept. The beauty of aged or weathered pieces has now been replicated with factory finishes and plastic replicas, made far from the farm and in the factories of China, Nepal and India.
With Bohemian style, we see many of the same signs: knock-off machine made oriental rugs, a melange of poor quality Mid-Century furniture, and an overuse of certain “ethnic” style prints infiltrating the markets. But the essence of Bohemian style is rather somewhat different. There is not a simple formula for Bohemianism that one can follow, because Bohemianism in itself is about more varied concepts and feelings: travel, art, joy, collecting and color. Essentially, Bohemianism is an affirmation of life and its unending variety. In a bohemian home, historical pieces can live harmoniously with the modern, Persian Rugs can be laid under French Furniture, and antique oil paintings can be hung next to gilded mirrors and wall tapestries. The result: a room with great texture, good use of scale, and lively color. Individuality is celebrated in a Bohemian room, and joy becomes more important than any ossified decorating rules.
In conclusion, there is an art to living just as there is an art to decorating. As a result, neither has to be difficult, strenuous or uncomfortable. Maybe we approach Bohemian style with foremost a love of beauty, craftsmanship and stories, and we have found, after many years of buying and selling, beauty is a diverse and exciting world to be in.
Bohemian furniture styles can vary but always have a artistic flair, Bohemians online offers a wide selection of Bohemian styled furniture, the collection is continuously changing and growing.
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