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This guest post comes from Betsy Burnham, the principal designer at LA-based Burnham Design.
We all have a friend who makes Bohemian style seem effortless.
She makes worn-out jeans and a gray sweatshirt look like a million bucks just by adding an unexpected accessory – like a wrist full of turquoise bracelets, some printed tennis shoes, or a rope and bead necklace she bought at a street fair. At home, she mixes print pillows and throws on every sofa and serves dinner on mismatched china.
First, anchor your space with something neutral (remember your friend’s jeans and sweatshirt?). Then add a couple of large, bold pieces or patterns. Smaller items with all-over prints make the perfect finishing touches.
Be sure to stay within a clearly defined color palette – with a lot of white or beige in the mix – and vary your prints from large to small. The difference in scale is what makes everything come together.
To update your outdoor space in this style, try the timeless St. Kitt’s Lounge Chair. Clean, modern lines and a wonderful light finish make it the perfect piece on which to build texture. The Nola Chandelier is also a neutral in a classic shape, but with a little more flourish.
A striped market umbrella or bold tribal print rug adds some flash. And ethnic print pillows and patterned pottery plates and bowls really tie it all together.
See? It’s an easy formula, and all it really takes is an interesting assortment of furnishings, a little courage, and a laid-back attitude.