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Boho California Apartment Decor & Inspo

Aug 5th, 2020

When you think of California aesthetics, you’ll inevitably run across the boho style that so many have adopted as their own. This colorful and eclectic style of fashion, decor and art has appealed to artists, writers and creatives since the style’s origins, but it is also a great aesthetic for anyone who loves the warm and welcoming tones of the California boho style.

When it comes to decorating your luxury California apartment in the boho style, it’s important to think about the elements that really make the boho style what it is. That way you don’t have to rely on a Pinterest board to supply every item in your apartment, and then you can be more open to picking and choosing whatever you like! 

We’ll dive into what makes a boho style a boho style, and then we’ll give you some essential tips on how to turn your California apartment into a boho paradise!

What is boho style?

You’ve probably heard of boho style or boho fashion before at some point. Imagery associated with the style usually involves rich fabrics and hippie-style clothing, as well as a variety of textures, patterns and colors. 

The boho style originated with the counter-cultural bohemians who lived in France after the French Revolution in the late 18th century. Before the revolution, the arts and the artists were supported by the wealthy members of the upper class, but the post-revolutionary France was a different world entirely. Artists no longer had wealthy patrons to support them or buy their art, so many creatives were forced into sudden poverty. A large portion of these artists took on a nomadic lifestyle and lived cheaply and supported themselves in any way possible. 

The time before the Revolution was known as the Age of Enlightenment, which was a renewed interest and idealization of the lifestyle, architecture and art of the ancient Romans and Greeks. Art that was produced at this time mimicked the classic ideals of symmetry, patriotism and reason. This was known as Neoclassicism.

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Jacques Louis David, The Death of Socrates, 1787, Oil on canvas, 129 x 196 cm, Metropolitan Museum, New York. Jacques-Louis David, 1748-1825, was the principal exponent of the late 18th-century linear Neoclassical style, rejecting the decorative and painterly Rococo works of the time. He is known for his monumental history paintings in which he depicts classical subjects as moral examples of patriotism and stoicism for contemporary audiences. He was inspired by Enlightenment philosophy, yet served king Louis XVI, the post-revolutionary government, and the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, without hesitation. The Death of Socrates is regarded by many as David's most perfect Neoclassical statement and a symbol of republican virtue. It depicts the philosopher Socrates in his prison cell surrounded by his grief-stricken pupils and family. Socrates’ wife can be seen grieving outside the cell. Accused by the Athenian government of denying the gods and corrupting the young through his teachings, Socrates was offered the choice of renouncing his beliefs or being sentenced to death by drinking hemlock. Socrates died willingly for his principles, while calmly discoursing on the immortality of the soul. David’s depiction and frieze-like composition was loosely based on Plato’s Phaedo. Although roughly 29 and not actually present at the scene, David depicts Plato as an old man seated at the end of the bed. The painting debuted at a Paris salon on August 25, 1787. The printer John Boydell wrote to Sir Joshua Reynolds that it was "the greatest effort of art since the Sistine Chapel and the stanze of Raphael.” Thomas Jefferson was also a great admirer. Check out my other accounts: @art_questions_and_debates & @my_favorite_work_of_art #jacqueslouisdavid #thedeathofsocrates #deathofsocrates #socrates #plato #neoclassicism #neoclassical #classicism #poussin #ingres #lebrun #philosopher #philosophy #academicpainting #portrait #oilpainting #neoclassicist #academicart #thesalon #neoclassicism #metmuseum #metropolitan #metropolitanmuseum #metropolitanmuseumofart @metmuseum

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The Romantic Movement that followed Neoclassicism rejected the confines of reason and logic, and instead focused on expression of the self and of the imagination. Artists were considered to be individual geniuses and creative masters in their own ways, and soon the very lifestyle of the artist was seen as an extension of their art, too. 

These early 19th century bohemian artists are the ones who first embraced the flowing clothes, colorful patterns and out-of-style fashions of what we now consider to be part of modern-day boho style. These bohemians rejected the materialism of mainstream culture and continued to place great importance on individual creativity and art. Thus, bohemian style has always been associated with counter-culture, handmade goods, a mix of artistic influences and a desire for individual expression and freedom.

How to decorate a boho-style apartment

Boho style is about expression and casual living. Keeping that in mind, here are some tips to creating that signature boho look for your California apartment. 

Create a color palette

When you’re going for a boho style, choose colors that are more natural and organic. Use a neutral color as a base, then add pops of color that fit your style. Neutrals like white, cream, ivory or beige are great because they go with pretty much everything, and you could even leave out the color altogether and just use those neutrals! If you want a pop of California style added to your neutral base, consider using pops of desert or jewel tones like turquoise, desert pink, aquamarine, turmeric, magenta or emerald.

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**COZY VIBEZ ONLY**⁣ ⁣ We’ve been sleeping with our new linen duvet from @parachutehome for a few days + lemme tell ya. THE. COZIEST. ⁣ ⁣ I’ve never slept with linen before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect tbh, but there’s just something about it that makes me never want to leave the bed?! Maybe it’s the luxury hotel vibes?😂 Have you tried linen bedding before??⁣ ⁣ I’m starting to understand the importance of quality bedding, guys. It’s a whole new world and I’m HERE FOR IT☁️⁣ ⁣ #MyParachuteHome ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #bedroominspo #bedroomdecor #bedroomstyling #peepmypad #homesohard #smmakelifebeautiful #omysa #hunkerhome #doingneutralright #currentdesignsituation #sodomino #apartmenttherapy #currenthomeview #theeverygirlathome #bohodecor #homeinspo #thedelightofdecor #homedecor #cozy #cozyhome #homesweethome #thatroomiseverything #interior123 #neutraldecor #whitebedding #uohome #doingneutralright #inspiremeneutral #prettylittleinteriors #lonnyliving

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Before I left for LA I played around and rearranged a bunch of furniture. Do you ever get that itch that you just need to change everything? Well I think being in quarantine magnified that itch for me. Here is one of the corners I tried out. What do you think?!! . . . . #plantstyling #indoorjungle #therealhouseplantsofinstagram #interior123 #houseplantplantclub #urbanjunglebloggers #iplanteven #thisiswhyithriftshopeveryday #planteriordesign #jungalowstyle #myplantaesthetic #theplantedgram #plantsplantsplants #plantstofig #homeiswheretheplantsare #hyggehome #bohohome #jungalow #bohemianinterior #vintageinteriors #bohodecor #mydecorvibe #cozyliving #interiør #decorinspo #myhome #interiorism #decorationideas #wohnideen #einrichtung

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Happy Monday friends! Fill in the blank: a room isn’t complete without... . Coming up this week: Tuesday: TIP TUESDAY: How to decorate your house on a low budget + I am going to share some of my favorite home decor shops! Wednesday: Wellness Wednesday Thursday: sharing my daughter’s closet budget friendly purchases that are going to help me transform the space 😍 . Have a great week everyone ♥️ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shop your screenshot of this pic with the shopping app #apartmenttherapy #hunkerhome #cozyhomeshots #homewithrue #mycrumbshome #interior123 #bohodecor #ilovemyinterior #woodandwhite #scandihome #standoutstyling #interiordesigninspo #homesofinstagram #cozyroom #livingroomdesign #livingroomideas #perfecthomess #livingroominspo #polyandbark #inspiremeneutral #omysa #urbanoutfittershome #minted #modernboho #ruggable #mybohoabode #mybohome #plantstyling #mynaturalabode #marvelatmyhome

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Rugs, blankets, pillows and throws!

These fabric pieces can add texture, pattern, color and style to any empty space. Find a stylish Turkish rug that matches the artwork, or find some patterned pillows that accentuate the bold colors of your furniture. Don’t be afraid to get frilly or fringey with these, as a simple fringed blanket can add heaps of style to your room instantly.

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There’s no better pop of color than a great, leafy plant. Hanging pothos, leafy monsteras or stylish snake plants are perfect for any boho home (bohome? Maybe?), and they are relatively easy to care for. We know, because we’ve written all about it here!

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Let’s talk pillows for a sec...⁣ ⁣ My hubby and I are totally opposites when it comes to our pillows. Mine is thin and flat because I’m a stomach sleeper, my husband prefers thick and plush ‘cause he sleeps on his back.⁣ ⁣ (Ad) That’s where our @endy pillows come in. They’re fully adjustable so you can increase or decrease the amount of high density foam you have in your pillow to find the perfect fit. So while I can’t be swayed from my cheap thin pillow, hubby raves every night about how much he LOVES his @endy pillow. ⁣ ⁣ What about you? What’s your pillow preference?⁣ #endypartner #gifted⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #bohobedroom #cozybedroom #bohohome #beautifullyboho #thenewbohemians #wickerchair #bedroominspiration #bohodecor #modernboho #modernboheme #bohoinspired #planteriordesign #houseplantclub #houseplantcommunity #plantparenthood #hunkerhome #apartmenttherapy #sodomino #slatwall #whitebedding #lightandbright #boho #mynaturalabode #hyggehome #thatroomiseverything #bohoismyjam⁣

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Buongiornoo!🌱 {27|07} Happy #monsteramonday ☀️ Il weekend scivola via sempre troppo velocemente: il tempo di rilassarsi ed è già l’ora di ritornare in pista!💪🏻 E allora iniziamo questa nuova settimana con un carico di energia e pensieri positivi!☀️ Sono felice di mostrarvi i nuovi tappeti che mi sono stati inviati da @benuta 🧡 Questo che ho posizionato in soggiorno davanti al divano è il modello Soho Cream ed è a pelo lungo con disegni geometrici in stile scandinavo!🤩 Trovo sia perfetto per questo angolino e, anche se forse la stagione non è la più adatta per questo tipo di tappeto, è molto piacevole sprofondare i piedi nel suo morbido tessuto!🧡 Nelle storie vi mostro anche gli altri due tappeti che ho ricevuto nei giorni scorsi, uno più bello dell’altro!🤩 Vi auguro un fantastico lunedì amici plantlovers!🌱 〰️〰️〰️ {sconto del 20% fino al 03/08 con codice WHITEHONEY20} 〰️〰️〰️ #scandibohohome #bohodecor #plantsofinstagram #myhomestyle #ilovemyinterior #interiormilk #lightandbright #livingwithplants #greeninteriors #myplantlovinghome #plantlovinghome #whitehome #bohostyledecor #myinspiringinterior #bidathome #urbanjungle #plantmama #plantmom #whiteandplants #bohodecoration #plantaddict #plantgang #urbanjungleblog #bohohome #benuta #mybenuta #benutahomeinspo #giftedby

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Wickers and wovens

Any boho style apartment is not complete without some wickers or wovens. This little design idea spawns from a desire to keep materials natural, raw and organic, so by incorporating some wicker furniture, woven wall hangings, rattan baskets or macrame decor, you’re incorporating a light, airy and natural aesthetic into your space.

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The light coming in 🌿😍🌿

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Quirky art

At the heart of the bohemian movement in the 18th century was a love for eclectic art and self expression. Find quirky sculptures or vases that express your own personality, or adorn your walls with paintings, prints and posters that reflect your style. You can also design and print your own posters and prints by using Canva’s posters hub, giving you full freedom over your artistic expression. Or you can create some quirky thrift store wall art of your own!

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ANNOUNCEMENT! Muddy’s website is officially launched and ready for you! You’ll find lots of new pieces that I’ve been working on (like this one) up for sale in “available works,” and if you don’t see anything there that catches your eye, my “custom pre-order” page lets you have full control lots of options like art style, color palette, size, and more! Ps. muddy pieces are now shippable to Canada and US 😊. Link in bio! 👉🏼shout out to website designer/magician @erincupples for holding my hand and soothing me during my technology induced rage as I tried to make a website by myself 😂. If you need help with a website, GET HER, she’s the best! * #neutraldecor #neutralstyle #neutralhome #neutralart #beigetones #scandinavianhome #homedecor #fineart #bohoart #bohodecor #bohohome #yeghandmade #handmade #yegshoplocal #yegwomeninbusiness #yeglocalbusiness #yeglocalmarket #yegmade #yeggers

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Who wants to see more of these 🌙✨

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Next time you’re looking to decorate your Southern California apartment in the boho California style, you’ll have everything you need to get started! From boho color palettes to boho furniture ideas, this list should give you a great starting point for your California apartment decor. 

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Colleen Ford is a South African who now lives in Spokane, Washington. She loves to travel, camp (in warm weather) and bake.

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