Mix an eclectic melange of colours and styles to achieve the ultimate personal space
In a kitchen design era that is preoccupied with streamlined functionality, sleek surfaces, stainless steel and keeping things a simple and clean as possible, it’s perversely pleasurable to see a space that’s anything but. As all other kitchen design styles come and go the organic and authentic nature of the bohemian kitchen design style is timeless.
So, how can you release your inner boho babe in your kitchen? Embrace all things scattered, strange and soulful.
- The highlight of any boho kitchen is that it has no highlights. Each area holds something unique that requires attention. As such, the scattered component of the bohemian kitchen design style relies on a certain degree of chaos. Items, colours, textures and patterns should be layered over one another until the overall effect you desire is achieved. To get you started, try open shelving, or paint your cabinets a rainbow of colours that speak to you. Not ready to plunge directly into this way of life? Control the clutter by storing items on open shelves in vintage baskets or tin breadboxes. Cutlery can reside on the kitchen table in an old wooden toolbox.
- It is of course the strange assortment of design elements at play in a bohemian kitchen, which makes the clutter work. To make this happen in your space, simply go where your spirit takes you. Have you always wanted a magenta feature wall covered in vintage mirrors? Go for it. Do you wonder why you just never see a fabulous purple and gold chaise lounge in a kitchen? Be the first person to make it happen! Has your floor seen better days? Cover them with layered vintage rugs. Are you clueless about how to rewire the industrial pendant lights you couldn’t pass up? Hang them in the corner of your kitchen anyways. You’ll get around to the DIY, but in the meantime show them off!
- The inclusion of items you simply love is the final ingredient of the bohemian kitchen design style: soulfulness. Inherited antiques or hand-me-downs in particular are both great places from which the bohemian kitchen grows. For example, your granny’s fine china in the old-fashioned floral spray pattern deserves to be given a place of honour on the 1950’s bar cart you found at a garage sale. Perhaps a relation wants to get rid of some hardy old kitchen accessories that have stood the test of time – like a metal mixer or scale? Make room for them on your counter! If you’ve not been on the receiving end of covetable hand-me-downs, then simply incorporate pieces you’re passionate about. Make a collection 18th century blue and white tiles from Lisbon the focal point of the backsplash. Or, finally include the single shaker chair that has no match around the dining table.
Having shared all of these pointers, know this: the appeal of the bohemian kitchen design style is that it adheres to no other style then its own!