What is Boho Glam?
What exactly is the boho glam design style? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This article breaks down the characteristics of the boho glam style and its history and offers helpful tips on how to design a boho glam room.
Boho Glam Living Room - Anthropologie
As an interior stylist, the most important step in the design process is to acquire a good grasp and understanding of the client’s personal design style, a set of design characteristics and principles that convey a distinctive vibe and aesthetic. This gives the designer a clear vision of how to approach and execute a design that will be suitable to the client’s personal taste.
There are many design styles that have been categorized within the interior design industry; for instance, there is the coastal style, glam style, transitional style, rustic style, and the boho style just to name a few. In some cases, design styles are mixed to accommodate personal styles that aren’t quite satisfied with only the mood and elements of one set of design characteristics but instead enjoy the creative delivery of more than one. Boho Glam is an example of this.
Boho Glam is a design expression that combines the relaxed and casual energy of the bohemian style and the opulence of the glam style.
Boho Glam Bedroom - Anthropologie
What is Glam Design?
Glam Style is often associated with the Hollywood Regency design style. A style whose inspiration comes from the Golden Age of Hollywood, where film sets were embellished with glamorous finishes such as jewel tones, metallic accents, luxurious fabrics, and marble to coincide with the movie stars starring in the films.
The glam design style is also a close relative to the Art Deco design style, a timeless design style that dates back to the early 20th century when improvements in mass production opened doors to a wider variety of home goods. Art Deco is characterized by its rich shades of color, geometric shapes, exotic motifs, stylish funky mirrors, and like Hollywood Regency, reflective surfaces and luxurious fabrics.
One could regard the glam style to be a modern immersion of both Hollywood regency and Art Deco; embodying elements from both styles. An elegant fusion of opulence, luxurious fabrics, shiny metals, and sparkly accessories.
Glam Living Room Design - High Fashion Home
Glam Interior Designers
Popular glam designers include Dorothy Darper, William Haines, Maurice Dufrêne and Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.
Dorothy Draper was an American interior decorator in the early 1920s, well known for her bold use of color and floral prints such as cabbage rose chintz and the popular banana leaf print.
William Haines was also an American designer in the early 20th century. He is well known for his low-profile furniture and Hollywood regency designs.
Maurice Dufrêne was a French designer popular for his iconic and innovative furniture designs conducive to the Art Deco style.
Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann is another French furniture designer who was an influential contributor to the Art Deco style. His furnishings were best recognized for their lacquered wood finishing and delicate lines.
What is Boho Design?
Boho, short for Bohemian, is a design style that pushes boundaries and breaks rules, it’s a free expression that evokes a unique personality.
The term Bohemian originated in the early nineteenth century and was used to denote struggling artists, writers, and musicians who occupied French neighborhoods that were once populated by gypsies, nomadic northern Indians who migrated to France, and other European countries. Their carefree unconventional vagabond lifestyle seeped into the interior design style known today as the boho style.
Similar to a nomad, the boho design style embraces decor ideas from around the globe mainly through patterns and motifs. Soft and plush layered fabrics help achieve the casual and relaxed mood notable to Boho design. It also embraces bright colors like rich jewel tones, vintage furniture, flea market finds, artistic pieces made from natural materials such as jute, rattan, and macrame, and souvenirs from world travels. A plethora of greenery is a must in the boho design style; it enlivens the atmosphere with an earthy aura.
Boho Living Room - Urban Outfitters
Boho Interior Designers
Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris were English designers and contemporaries who had a measure of influence on the Bohemian style by the way of the arts & craft movement.
How to Style a Boho Glam Room
With a clearer understanding of the origins and defining characteristics of both the boho style and glam style, we can confidently merge aspects of both styles for a one-of-a-kind treasured design.
First, begin by selecting the main furniture pieces. For instance, if designing a living room, you’ll start with items such as the sofa, coffee table, armchairs, and TV stand. Select furnishing that is soft and plush, comfort is key. Tastefully mix furniture styles from different eras to create an eclectic glamorous design. For example, pair a Chesterfield sofa with a rattan or wicker chair; like the popular peacock chair, or classic Queen ann armchairs reupholstered in a patterned fabric with a comfy deep seat sofa.
Accentuate the main pieces with materials such as jute, natural wood, macrame, polished metals, and mirrored surfaces. Layer on textures and patterns with pillows and throw blankets. Round out the design by incorporating vibrant colors such as magenta, amethyst, emerald green, turquoise, and mustard yellow.
Below are a few examples: