Design Styles - Urban Bohemian Style

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What exactly is Urban Bohemian style? I like to think that it is like many urban women out there: beautifully traditional, and yet thoroughly modern, influenced by world travels, unconventional, and yet, comfortingly familiar. And Urban Bohemian style is becoming an increasingly popular design.

In the 19th century, Bohemians were those people who lived unconventional lives, that weren't concerned with traditional ways of thinking and living. They often were artists, writers, musicians, and actors who though very creative were also somewhat eccentric by the days' standards. The term came from roving gypsies that were thought to come from Bohemia, but today, the term refers more to an attitude than an exact lifestyle.

Now when we talk about Bohemian Chic design or Urban Bohemian style, we are talking about a look that is more about the mix of collected things than a specific style. It is often traditional, sometimes glamorous, mixed with modern and ethnic pieces all blended together to suit the individual's liking. It is difficult to summarize a style that is so varied, personal and eclectic but there are a few basics to know.

Here are a few ideas to help create Urban Bohemian style:

-Colors-
The great thing about urban bohemian style is that you can choose from any color palette you like. It can be all white for instance or rich jewel tones or soft muted shades. Before deciding on an actual color scheme, it is important to decide how the room should feel. Sometimes bohemian spaces are romantic and dark with rich colors and bold patterns. Other times it can feel breezy and light filled like an artist's studio. Or it may have a worn elegance that muted colors achieve.

-Furnishings-
As with choosing colors for Bohemian style, choosing furniture is directly connected to how the space should feel. A few ornate but worn pieces look spectacular when paired with simple modern shapes and colors. For instance, you may have a very ornate bed with luxurious and exotic bedding but when put with modern nightstands or a clean lined bench would look stunning. They key is mixing periods and styles to find the right balance for you.

-Artwork and Accessories-
Artwork and accessories are what bring a room to life. This definitely holds true in bohemian design as well. They breathe life and your personality into the space. Whether minimalism is your bag or if you like "stuff", both have a place in urban bohemian style. Accessories can be mementos from traveling or simple things that have meaning for you. The key again is to mix styles for an interesting blend. You might have very modern sculptural vase next to an ornately carved mirror creating a stunning juxtaposition.

-Putting it all together-
Overall it is important to choose what you like. And how neat is it that there is finally a style where you can be an utter design schizophrenic and still be incredibly chic at the same time? At the end of the day your room should be uniquely yours and speak volumes of who you are.
Design should be fun. So don't be afraid, go for it!

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After being a student of Southern Oregon University's English Program, Angela Stephens along with her husband Joel created http://www.PenielProducts.com, an online retailer of Inspired Home Furnishings and Decor. As well as being the Chief Product Coordinator for Peniel Enterprises LLC, Angela has dedicated herself to the study of interior & furniture design styles for the past 6 years.

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This article was published on 2010/03/28