Furniture Focus: Bohemian Style

Furniture Focus: Bohemian Style

Anna Hoffman
Jun 15, 2011

A true Bohemian room should look like it's been furnished over decades of globetrotting and a lifetime of creative scavenging and upcycling. But how do you create this kind of space without an actual sojourn on a caravan? Here are some of the items you should look for if you're putting together a Bohemian interior.

Arguably, the most important aspect of a Bohemian interior is its textiles — rugs, curtains, blankets and pillows. But that's the easy stuff. Instead, let's focus on furniture.

1 Worn velvet couches. These must not be sheeny high-pile velvet, but low-pile stuff, preferably crushed by years of use. Image: Jozef K, a Polish coffeehouse, via Maison Bohème

2 Crates and pallets that can be used as furniture, either on their own (like the side table) or after some DIY elbow grease (like the bed). Photo by Dean Kaufman for New York Magazine

3 If you're lucky enough to have actual furniture, it should be distressed. Notice the artfully peeling paint on the cabinet and the worn upholstery on the armchair. via Brabourne Farm

4 You should probably have at least one Moroccan-style lantern, especially if the glass is colored to create an amber glow at night. Image from Lonny Mag via Coco & Kelley

5 Actually, any sort of hanging lanterns are good, especially in quantity, and if supplemented by a disco ball. Image via Coquette & Dove

6 Butterfly chairs are great Bohemian pieces because they suggest portability, travel and comfort. Roman and Williams design via Desire to Inspire

7 Loose or draped white slipcovers. Note: this image also illustrates crates as furniture and distressed décor. Image via Confetti Garden

8 There's something deliciously Bohemian about an oversized mirror leaning against a wall, but the effect is maximized by draping fairy lights over it. Design Sponge

9 Indoor hammocks are very Bohemian. Also swings. Sweet Home Style via Apartment Therapy

10 Moroccan poufs and layers of pattern, via Maison Bohème

11 Wrought iron beds, simple or ornate, repainted or left a little rusty. Via Moon to Moon

12 Or you could make your own bed out of piping. Duct tape might make it look more authentically Bohemian, but I can't recommend its safety. This gorgeous (and sturdy) one comes via Ideas to Steal

What other furniture would you include in a Bohemian interior?

Images as linked above.

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