Hippy Chic: A Guide to Bohemian Living

I'm afraid I don't have any tips on chillin' out like a '60's beatnik, where to find a local poetry reading, or if black turtleneck sweaters are right for you, but I can tell you how to add a bohemian vibe to your pad.

Rooms like the one shown above, designed by Roman Alonso of Commune and featured in House Beautiful, typify the look. Here's a list of things to add to your home to help create a similar hippy chic mood. Try one, or try them all!

  1. Flokati rugs: These wool shag rugs are great in low traffic areas and can be maintained by monthly shaking and cleaned occasionally in a large washer or bathtub with mild detergent.
  2. Kilim rugs: These flat weave rugs from Turkey are made with geometric patterns in a variety of styles and colors. They look great by themselves, but are extra bohemian layered in groups.
  3. Jewel tones: Look for fabrics with deep vibrant colors in ethnic prints or florals. Ways to add this fabric to your home is through curtains on windows or in doorways, pillows, upholstery, or blankets. You can also try painting furniture or your walls a nice jewel tone.
  4. Wall tapestries: You can use small scale rugs or ethnic fiber art to hang on your walls for a bohemian feel. Check out this post for more inspiration: Hanging Tapestries as Wall Art
  5. Casual book storage: Instead of neatly arranging your books on a shelf, by color, or by size, try letting loose and letting your collection have a mind of its own. Stack up books on tables — or on the floor — and use them as a base for lamps and other decorative objects.
  6. Lots of pillows: The point is to provide an atmosphere where people can chill out. I'm not talking about perfectly punched pillows, but rather piles of pillows haphazardly placed on sofas, or even better, on the floor. The best kinds of bohemian pillows are ones made from old kilim rugs, needlework cushions, or round shaped pillows.
  7. Informal art arrangements: Try steering away from perfectly placed artwork and hang a collection of beloved art, record albums, or even just loved objects, on your walls in an informal fashion. You might even go so far as to tack or tape up a collection of photos or pieces of your paper collection.

Image: House Beautiful

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