Someone once asked us why we are such BoHo haters. Though we could basically go on forever – as our dislike of BoHo décor is rivaled only by our dislike of the evil non-colour beige - we can basically distill our feelings into two horrible words: Paisley letters.
If you just got that fingernails-on-chalkboard feeling, we’re right there with you. If, however, you like the idea of all things bohemian, and aren’t quite sure where this anti-BoHo sentiment is coming from, let us tell you why it is never a good idea to try to make your home match one of Sienna Miller’s shirts.
1 - Boho is a fashion, not a movement. Despite its on-again, off-again popularity, boho ‘chic’ in its many incarnations is basically a trend to make young women look nomadic, spirited and non-bourgeois. If you want that look, fine; stick to a ruffled skirt, don’t even think about getting a ruffled bed-skirt and calling it home fashion. This trend belongs on Spanish girls and aging beatniks, not all over your home where you have to
2 - BoHo involves mixing a lot of different colours and patterns, whether it be stripes with floral or polka-dots with tie-dye. That could work, if you were an expert in interior home design. Otherwise, you’re apt to end up with something that looks like this.
3 - BoHo room decor often requires a few trips to the vintage shops. After hours of scouring the flea markets you could come out with the perfect find that adds a colourful touch to your space…or you could come out with a room that looks like this.
4 - We’re all for layered rugs and toss cushions – sure, make your place look like a Middle Eastern hookah joint! But why does it have to be so quirky and eclectic? (Two words you’ll very often see paired with BoHo décor). Make up your mind: are you a student who sits on milk crates doing macramé, or someone who can afford a hand-knotted silk rug?
5 - BoHo-chic home décor admits that it’s cluttered. Realllllly. So you’re saying…as long as the fabrics are luxe and the bric-a-brac is interesting, I can jam as much of it into my living space as humanly possible? A word to those who think this look is romantic: you probably don’t want to end up like the old broad in Great Expectations, but you’re getting awfully close.
6 - If you want to hang things from the ceiling above your bed, try a big mirror. Take down all the weird scarves, love beads, leafy green vines, and gauzy crap. Come on, get a grip.
7 - Morocco is going to call you one of these days and ask for all their lanterns and ottomans and shit back. Then whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
The bottom line? There’s nothing wrong with ethnic accessories, four-poster beds, antique books, sheer fabrics, hanging plants and a 70’s-inspired colour palette; you just need to be an expert to put them together without turning your Boho scheme into a nightmare hodgepodge of crap. Not sure if your BoHo is a no-no? Come hang out at teb on Queen and let us know your plans. You’re sure to find a piece of real, gorgeous custom furniture to fall in love with…so you can tell that Bo Ho to Go Go.
The Co-Founder & Creative Dictator of teb Interiors. Terry is best known from his many appearances on HGTV and W Network television programs. teb Interiors offers complete Interior Design services plus they specialize in custom sewing and upholstery, servicing throughout the GTA. The firm is known for its edgy, controversial designs and for creating truly one of a kind show pieces that are guaranteed to get the conversation going.