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It was no surprise that after I redecorated my oldest son's bedroom that my two daughter's, Grace + Harper would want me to redecorate their bedroom too.
They already had a lot of decor that would be considered 'boho' however the biggest issue for them was decluttering the space. These two are pack rats, and save EVERYTHING! Little pieces of paper, broken jewelry, broken dolls...literally trash, yet neither like to throw that stuff away. Which is why once a month we purge their room. It makes me crazy, while those two are perfectly content.
So just like their brother's room, we literally moved everything out, took everything off the walls, and cleaned EVERYTHING!
I made piles for the decor pieces that were staying, a pile for donating, and a pile for trash. Then we started the fun part, decorating! The girl's and I let our inner boho go wild!
Starting with their beds, boho beds are low to the ground. The beds they already had worked perfectly!
If there’s one thing you notice about boho spaces, it’s the colors. And the best way to get your color fill is to make it patterned. Choose the patterned rug and the patterned duvet and the patterned curtains to infuse your bedroom with as much color as you can hold. You'll notice I kept the same color palette with their room- it's so bold, bright, and cheery. But you can play with color when it comes to boho.
Notice all the different textures, from the curtains, to the sequin pillows, to the way I layered the wall decor. Boho decor isn’t just about the variation in color, it’s also about the variation in texture. Instead of cotton everything, try a shaggy rug with linen pillows and a knitted comforter. The variety will make your bedroom look well rounded.
Comfort is key to any style of bedroom. Thankfully boho decor permits us to pile on the pillows and the variety of color allows you to choose any pillows you like!
Don’t forget the importance of lighting. Get creative about your lamps. I used pineapple lamps for lighting- the fun gold one I used on the nightstand, a white one on their dresser, and a cute green gingham print one in the little reading nook I made in the corner. They had no overhead lighting, and that was their biggest complaint- more light. Another idea for lighting is to hang them from the bed. Mount them on the wall. The dangling bulb is especially eclectic.
One of the biggest pieces to the bohemian bedroom puzzle is the large wall art. It might be a brightly patterned tapestry, it might be a large vintage movie poster or it might be a neon sign with a motivational phrase. If it’s big and colorful, it will work in your bohemian bedroom. For their room I did lots of layering with bright colored wall art, and photos of them I had enlarged- then added the fun book page garlands made by my friend and local artist Lani Robertson with Objects of Affection.
Boho also likes fringe. You’ll find it in the form of curtains and bed skirts and duvet tassels, but the easiest way to get it is with macrame. Buy one with a long fringe or make one yourself to get exactly the style you want. Again, I accomplished this by using the garlands, I have tassel tiebacks for the curtains, and lots of dreamcatchers throughout the room.
As a professional designer I typically advise stashing your bedroom clutter behind closed doors. The boho decorator displays all the books and jewelry and knick knacks for all to see on a set of open shelves. However it is perfectly curated in their room now, with fun jewelry stands, little stuffed cacti, succulents in fun brightly colored dinosaur containers. Get creative!
Along those easy Saturday morning lines, all boho bedrooms have a nook for reading and snuggling. If you don’t have the space for a big comfy chair, think about how you can use your bed for a reading nook instead I reupholstered the little green and pink chair which is the perfect size to fit in the corner, next to the bright pink rolling cart that is perfect to store their books and other knick knacks.
The very best part of boho decorating is that it’s a forgiving style so you can have all your favorites in your bedroom at the same time. The mix of colors and patterns and finishes and woods will make it your favorite room in the house. I would say their room is definitely one of my favorites now!
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