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Bohemian Design

Zoe Pauls

In the 19th century, Parisian writers, actors, and artists wanted to break free from a money and capitalist centered lifestyle. Hence, individuals from different cultures came together and separated themselves from society, creating a new life. Since these nomads were creative and carefree, their spaces were crowded with colorful patterned rugs, handmade objects, and textured, natural surfaces. Years later, Bohemian style has been embraced in architecture and interior spaces.

As people spend much of their time indoors, an increasing number of individuals want physical spaces that express emotion and freedom; consequently, these people are drawn to the bohemian style’s vibrancy and lack of regularity. Afterall, there are no rules. Although, a boho living space may seem sporadic, each object contains beauty and meaning. For instance, vintage, handcrafted rugs represent culture and history while adding color and comfort to a room. Furthermore, each vibrant painting, sculpture, and souvenir tells a unique, perhaps personal, story. Highlighting these objects, sunlight floods bohemian spaces through large windows. Additionally, instead of one central lighting fixture, bohemian homes embrace asymmetry with multiple light sources such as hanging fixtures and lamps. Since each element in one's bohemian space directly reflects their inner ideals and beliefs in an honest fashion, these spaces feel genuine and personal.

Importantly, the bohemian style links people to nature, as it once did for the early Bohemians. For instance, the integration of textured wooden elements creates an earthy atmosphere, unlike synthetic surfaces. Another way to bring nature inside is with house plants. Not only do indoor plants produce fresh air, but they also add color and liveliness to a space. Furthermore, since those who live in cities have limited access to nature, a house filled with beautiful plants is an excellent compromise. Additionally, the bohemian style can be expressed through the location of architecture. For instance, a home in a rural area reflects the bohemian attitude of separation from capitalist society. Still, for those who want to stay close to city amenities and jobs, bohemian architecture might be designed to float. In turn, floating architecture, and even floating cities, would allow individuals to be at a distance from busy streets.

Essentially, bohemian style is about creating a living space which reflect the chaotic beauty of our environment. Through a combination of vibrant colors, sporadic lighting, personal objects, and natural elements, Bohemian style can bring a space to life.

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