How To Add A Boho Chic To Your Interior?

Historical Background

The term Boho is a short form of Bohemian which is defined as a someone who lives and acts freely, disregarding conventional rules, usually an artist or writer. It has its origin in 19th century France where some artists and poets rebelled against an institution controlling the art market- the Salon. This movement died at the beginning of 20th century but influenced later art like surrealism or music like punk rock.

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Bohemian Style

Nowadays Boho chic in fashion and interiors is associated with free spirits like hippies, Gypsies, travellers and artists. This eclectic style has to express individuality and freedom. There is no rules here and you can be very creative decorating in Boho vibe.

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As there’s no rule and the style is as unique as a person utilising the space it is hard to define the style, but there are few characteristic elements of Boho chic. Combining few of them or even all creates Bohemian feeling in the room.

Tropical Plants

They remind us exotic places and travels

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Macrame

This technique uses different knots to produce textiles and decorations. There are tutorials available online that show how to create macrame decor like the pictured below.

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Hobbies

If you play the guitar or any other instrument or paint incorporate your interest in your interior after all Boho chic is associated with art and free expression. This will be a perfect topic for a conversation when someone visit you ūüėČ

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Rug

In this style rugs are welcome even the old fashioned ones, patterned and vibrant- whatever you like.

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Fairy Lights and Lanterns

There’s something magical and artistic about them, they create ambient atmosphere- a perfect background for good music and long night conversations.

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Pattern and Colour

In Bohemian interiors there’s no rules how to mix and match patterns and colours be as creative as you want.

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Lace

This decorative and romantic element is used commonly in Bohemian style interiors.

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Succulents and cacti

They don’t need too much care and will survive without watering even if you travel a lot.

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Dream catchers

They are supposed to protect us from nightmares and are characteristic for Boho chic.

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I hope that this article was helpful and inspired you to add a bit of Boho to your beautiful houses…Writing this post made me think of buying a camper and travel around the World… Maybe, at least, I will learn to play the guitar?

Thanks for reading,

Gosha

Interior Design Trends For 2018- Part II

So far brass was associated with the grandma’s house. It was not related with modern and trendy house but this has changed. Now brass is the new copper and making a big come back in 2018. It gives the interior a touch of luxury and warmth.

Use brass accessories like lamps, door knobs or planters for trendy look and to avoid high costs…We never know how long this trend can sustain. Brass accessories can be easily found in shops and thrift stores or you can fake this material by using a spray paint.

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Brass lamps give the warm light and look gorgeous with rich colours as well as in neutral interiors.

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Brass, like copper, ages and looks even more interesting with time thanks to oxidation process.

Another big thing of 2018 is the dark wood like walnut, rosewood or charred wood. I must admit that this trend really excites me because it has more character. In my designs I often use vintage and antique thrift stores and flea markets finds and I usually go for the dark timber.

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In my previous¬†Post-Interior Design Trends For 2018. Part I¬†I mentioned that our homes in 2018 should not look like from catalogues. Personalisation, combining different materials, handmade and recycled materials are welcome in our rooms so let’s play with it.

These were trends for 2018 that I liked, but I must admit that I won’t give up on copper towards brass… And how about you? Are you following the trends or do you have your personal taste despite the fashion?

Thanks for reading and for all your feedback.

Gosha

 

Interior Design Trends For 2018. Part I

If minimalism and all white interiors are not your thing, or if you struggling to keep your house tidy and perfect, I have a good news for you. The 2018 trends in interiors forecast came to save you. In this post I will present few of them that I find interesting.

Imperfection or WABI-SABI trend is embracing flaws and accepts that the house is not a museum. This traditional Japanese aesthetics includes asymmetry, roughness, simplicity and modesty. Think of organic shaped porcelain, mismatched, creased linen pillowcases, uneven wood grain furniture or burn marks on chopping boards… There’s so many ways to incorporate this trend effortlessly.

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¬†Nowadays most of us live in a rush and we are surrounded by the technology but we still have a need to be closer to nature.¬†Greenery¬†trend respond to this need. It can be incorporated by placing live plants in the room. Green wall or few plants around the room, hanging baskets or stands on different levels will transform the interior completely, is inexpensive and you can never go wrong with it. this trend doesn’t have to be taken so literally, you can always use some printed accessories or artwork around the house.

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Photo by Judah Guttmann on Unsplash

Millennial Pink is another big thing in 2018. This colour can be overwhelming so it’s better to use it in accessories as an accents. It looks very good when mixed with berry. You can add some texture like fake fur or fringes to give it more personalised look.

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Tonal reds- this trend is apparent in fashion from which interior design often takes inspiration. Trend forecasters predict that this will be reflected in interiors in 2018. Combine different tones of red: coral, tangerine, wine. This is definitely energising combination.

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Picture: Pinterest.com

I find the greenery trend particularly interesting it brings fresh and cosy atmosphere to any interior and I like to be surrounded by nature. Also Wabi-Sabi aesthetics appeals to me because house is for living not for show. I wonder which of the predicted trends do you like. Please leave me some comments below and follow my blog if you want to know more trends for forthcoming year.

Thank you for reading,

Gosha

Colour Wheel – A Powerful Tool In Design

(Today I want to talk about a basic tool that can help you with creating a perfect colour combinations in your interiors- Invented in 1666 by Sir Isaak Newton colour wheel.

This circular diagram of colours presents a logically arranged sequence of pure hues. The colour wheel is designed so that virtually any colours we pick from it will look good together. Over the years, many variations of the basic design have been made, but the most common version is a wheel of 12 colours based on the RYB (or artistic) colour model. 

 

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The basic design colour wheel (pic. Gosha Galuszka)

Traditionally, there are a number of colour combinations that are considered especially pleasing to the eye. These are called colour harmonies or colour chords and they consist of two or more hues with a fixed relation in the colour wheel.

Based on colour wheel we can define three groups of colours:

  • Primary¬†Colours: red, yellow and blue. They cannot be made from any other¬†colours
  • Secondary¬†Colours: green, orange and purple. These¬†colours¬†are formed by mixing the primary¬†colours.
  • Tertiary¬†Colours: yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green, yellow-green. They are achieved by mixing a primary and secondary¬†pigment.

 

The colour circle can be divided into warm and cool colours.

Warm colours are vivid and energetic, and tend to advance in space.

Cool colours give an impression of calm, and create a soothing impression.

White and black are the absence of chroma and  with gray are considered to be neutral.

There are three aspects of colour: a tint, shade and tone. If a colour is made lighter by adding white, the result is called a tint. If black is added, the darker version is called a shade. And if grey is added, the result is a different tone

Based on the colour wheel we can create colour schemes that will make our space beautiful and interesting. Today I will talk about two of them: complementary and analogous.

 

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Perfect example of complementary colour scheme (pic. Stocksnap.io)

Complementary colour scheme
Colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel are called complementary colors (example: red and green).

The high contrast of complementary colour scheme creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation. This colour scheme must be managed well so it is not overwhelming.

Complementary colour schemes are tricky to use in large doses, but work well when you want something to stand out. When creating complementary colour scheme it is better not to use two strong colours together. I would advise to use lighter tint on the wall and use stronger second colour for accents for example.

 

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Nature is the greatest designer- complementary colour scheme (pic. Stocksnap.io)

 

Analogous colour schemes use hues that sit next to each other on the colour wheel. They usually match well and create calm and pleasant designs.

Analogous colour schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and nice to the eye. When choosing an analogous colour scheme we have to make sure that we have enough contrast. It is better to choose one colour to dominate, a second to support. The third colour is used (along with black, white or grey) as an accent.

 

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Another example from nature- Analogous colour scheme: blue-green-yellow (Pic. Stocksnap.io)

The colour wheel is a tool that can make your life easier when decorating your space. Complementary colour scheme is the easiest way to create visual impact in interior but it is important not to use two strong hues together- otherwise it can be overwhelming. Analogous colour scheme creates more harmonious feel and if you keep the perfect ratio it will look interesting too.  These were just two examples how to create perfect room using colours. Next time I will give you examples of few more colour schemes based on the colour wheel so please follow my blog and leave me the comments below. And if you decided on the colours I recommend my post Choosing The Paint Colour. How To Do It Right? which will give you few practical tips too.

Thank you for reading,

Gosha

 

 

 

 

Window Display For Charity Shop

This Summer I started to volunteer for Saint Vincent de Paul charity shop in Trim. I work there as a volunteer staff but they gave me also the opportunity to do the window displays. I go there whenever I have time and there’s a need to change the exposition. This job gives me a lot of satisfaction and nurtures my creativity. I never know what I will have in store so there’s a lot of improvisation and staging. So far I have done three displays ¬†and I had no experience with visual merchandising so I hope you will like it.

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This was my first display ever- baby themed

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Inspiration for this window came from the large painting we wanted to show. We didn’t have space in the shop to display it properly (by the way the painting was sold very quickly). The window was supposed to show men’s clothes but I always introduce a bit of interior design.

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This one was difficult as it seemed that we didn’t have too many interesting things in the shop. I usually get the men’s window which is a little bit harder but I think it went well. It’s Halloween themed but really subtle and elegant (I even heard the comment that “we’re becoming very posh now” which is a good thing).

My aim is to show that people can find really interesting and good things in charity shops and by buying them they help others and the environment. Don’t be afraid pop in and take a look and if you have things in good condition- donate.

Thank you for reading my post.

Gosha

Photos by Gosha Galuszka