Fashion Translation: Bohemian Florals

When the word ‘bohemian’ comes to mind, I feel like it can go in one of two directions: bohemian florals or bohemian global. This applies to both fashion and home, so today I want to talk about the floral version of the boho trend. I feel like bohemian florals tend to have an old world, found kind of feeling… sort of like you found a super special gem in your grandmother’s closet or sitting room.

In terms of color, I think picking the right hues is of utmost importance. Darker grounds like burgundy and rich aubergine feel modern when popped with pale pastels and sagey shades of green. I also love when the florals are neutral on neutral, making the statement way less impactful and easily incorporated into any living room or bedroom.

Photo Credit: Erdem Resort 2016 via

Bohemian Florals Shopping Guide:

Surya Kate Spain allium pillow
Nourison julian ruby rug
Nourison Fantasy pale pink rug

The scale of floral motifs is also important, too. I suggest thinking within extremes — either super large scale or smaller scale that covers the entire surface of your rug. The idea is to think of it as an extension of your favorite floral maxi dress for summer; pale colors, bohemian botanicals, and all. Because this look can get quite overpowering, I also urge you to keep the rest of your space fairly neutral. Think of how lovely these rugs would be with a simple linen toss back sofa, some neutral pillows, and black and white photography hanging on the walls!

Photo Credit: Zara lookbook via Fashion Gone Rogue.

Bohemian Florals Shopping Guide:

Jaipur Rugs hacienda rug

Rizzy Home dimensions rug

Safavieh Chelsea rug


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Fashion Translation: Dark Florals

With winter extending wayyy too long and hopeful thoughts of spring on the brain, I wanted to steer this post into a bit of a new direction. Fashion is always such an inspiration for me and I always try to take it beyond the obvious, beyond just my apparel choices. I want to inspire you to take cues from fashion trends (even your everyday staples) and apply them to the home.

If there’s one fashion trend that I hope to never see go away, it’s dark florals. One may argue that they feel ancient and outdated… but I cannot and will not apologize: I simply love this look. Lately, I’ve noticed that the aesthetic of dark florals has shifted. The look is much more painterly, even bordering on watercolor and digitized. While this lends a more modern vibe to the look, I can’t help but also be drawn to vintage florals. Whether shown in smaller scale, calico-type prints or oversized, giant cabbage roses, I love it all.

Dark Florals

When it comes to adding this vibe to the home, it’s pretty darn simple. These rugs are bold and impactful, so it’s best to keep everything else in the room simple and straightforward. Just imagine how modern, yet bohemian, vintage, yet updated your living room would be with a slouchy white linen sofa and an oversized dark floral rug. This inspiration works perfectly for the bedroom as well, although I suggest steering the look to be even more romantic by adding a glass-topped vanity.

Photo Credit: Chanel and Vogue.

Links: (from top to bottom, left to right) Safavieh Lyndhurst rug, Oriental Weavers Kharma rug, Oriental Weavers Knightsbridge rug, Rugs America Capri Orchid rug, and Surya Flor Rug.

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Bring the Outdoors In: Fall & Winter Florals

fall florals

Fall and winter can be a dreary time, especially if you’re cooped up indoors… which is why I suggest bringing the outdoors in with both your wardrobe and your home decor. When it comes to your wardrobe, I love when florals are grounded in dark colors like black, navy, or emerald. This feels very ‘of the season’ and not too summery. Plus, a darker ground makes the brighter colors of the florals pop, even in the dead of winter. Another option is to pick a floral that is itself dark and let it pop against an ivory or winter white ground. Really, there are countless options. Then, once spring rolls around, it’s almost like you have a jump start on floral fashion.

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For your home, it doesn’t have to be lush, tropical greenery. Instead, I like to take a more modern approach and select florals and botanical motifs that feel graphic. Think of it as if you’re taking inspiration from the bare twigs that brush up against your windows, or the way the leaves play in the shadows of the pale winter light. In terms of color, I recommend sticking to a tonal color palette and love the idea of shades of grey. Plus, an ombre in the background never hurt anyone! These rugs feel bold, modern and just right for bringing in the outdoors.

Photo Credit: Vogue Italia photographed by Paolo Roversi via The Libertine, smock dress from ASOS, and floral printed ruffle back shirt from Free People.

Florals for the Home Shopping Guide: (from top to bottom, left to right) Surya Athena rug, Nourison Utopia rug, Milliken mix and mingle natures silhouette rug, and Trans Ocean Imports Toulouse Plum Blossom rug.

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