If you haven’t heard about the Jungalow thus far, it is either because you were traveling in space, or were locked in a prison cell (both of which are very colorless experiences).
So for those of you who haven’t heard of it, the Jungalow, founded by Justina Blakeney, is a great interior design blog for people who love the bohemian lifestyle: a home filled with colors, plants, and good vibes.
But it is quite more than that. Being a bohemian is a way of life, it’s a state of mind, and it’s a choice. It’s for people who choose to live in the now.
Being a bohemian is a way of life, it’s a state of mind, and it’s a choice. It’s for people who choose to live in the now.
When I first saw Justina in my search window on IG a few years ago, I was struck by her genuine and lovely personality.
She was basically the human version of the colorful spaces she designed. Her innovative style was like witnessing a new technological invention.
It’s not Cuban, it’s not Indian, it’s not anything else we knew thus far.
The Jungalow proved that by working with vast color palettes properly, you will get one of the most amazing interior experiences. So for those of you who want to adapt to a bohemian lifestyle, we created the ultimate guide that will cover all the basics.
1. Be the creative you
The most important thing about the bohemian’s point of view is to make you feel at home when you’re home. And in order to do that, you have to be completely yourself and let your creative side (whatever it may be) shine like a plate full of crystals.
Before adopting any bohemian motifs, embrace the things you love and that make you feel good, and be attentive to your own wishes. When I was 16 years old, I painted my private bathroom blue and drew 150 eyes all over the wall.
It was horrible, and my mom thought so too, but didn’t say a thing (how did she approve this monument in the first place?). At the time, I thought it was amazing and it made me feel great every time I walked into the bathroom.
Bottom line, be yourself and do what you love. The rest will eventually fall into place. What also sounds like a great life advice (which is true), is the basic core of every true bohemian.
2. Bring in plants, and lots of them
Indoor plants are basically the new pets of the 21st century. Only they make you feel good with minimum care (water, spray, and love them- that’s all).
The bohemian’s house is filled with plants in general, cacti in particular. Of course, they add to the overall look and add some punch to the general design, but they also connect us to our nature (which is to be in nature).
If you have ever hiked at least once in your life, you probably remember that feeling of calmness and serenity that you experienced just from being surrounded by green.
The bohemian sees nature as home and his home as something that should contain and embrace nature.
It doesn’t matter what your style is, plants will only add good vibes and that’s what your home should be filled with according to the bohemian lifestyle. BTW, in her first book, you can find a Plant-O-Pedia on how to take care of your green friends.
3. Cleanse- and not just in a physical way
Even though the bohemian style may look crowded with things, it actually strives to have the bare minimum and avoiding unnecessary items in your home.
This really aligns with Maie Kondo’s theory of throwing away stuff you don’t need and keeping your physical and spiritual environments clean and fresh.
The connection between a clean house and a clean mind is not something new, but the fact that you don’t have to be a minimalist in order to do that is definitely new to us. Also, see section 6 about crystals.
4. Make it colorful
The bohemian decor is very (very!) colorful. And to people that are not as gifted as Justina (AKA all of us mere humans), it’s pretty hard to make good color choices.
Bringing in so many different elements to create a cohesive environment requires skills. If there’s one piece of advice you need in terms of color-mixing in bohemian design, is the one given by Justina at one time, “It’s all about color.
You can mix patterns to your heart’s content, layer in textiles from all around the globe and so long as you work within a defined color palette, your space will come out looking cohesive”.
It’s all about color. You can mix patterns to your heart’s content, layer in textiles from all around the globe and so long as you work within a defined color palette, your space will come out looking cohesive
5. Be aware of the air
This rule has two meanings. First, make sure you’re breathing clean air (that’s where the plants kick in). But the second thing is to actually take into consideration the scents that you breathe when inside your home.
Just as with new clothes and their perfume scent from the store that enhances your shopping experience, your house should include a scent experience on top of the visual experience. Choose the fragrances you like and spread their love in your space (#incense).
6. Embrace Crystals
Crystals are one of the bohemian’s best friends. The power of crystals is believed to alter and shift the energy in your home. There are many types of crystals, with each having its unique effect on you and your space.
According to crystals users, our space is filled with an energy of some sort. It’s never neutral, so you have to ensure that it’s positive and good.
By matching the crystal to a given room, you can amplify the energies that are most suitable to a particular space.
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