Tribal boho and how to style it.
TRIBAL BOHEMIAN IS A MIX of two styles that together create a calming, relaxing global vibe. Tribal is about the handcrafted artisan goods of ancient cultures around the world – the process and time spent making these items is as important as the end result. Bohemian is more about being unconventional and expressive, feeling free yet also part of the surroundings.
Fusing these two styles amps up the earthy palette of traditional tribal and adds colour and expressionism. Mixing natural materials, such as timber, fabrics and ceramics, with metallics creates a layered effect that’s relaxing yet strong. This style is about creating a space that tells a story about visiting unique places and it works well with our carefree Australian spirit and way of life.
Tribal boho allows for an eclectic mix of styles and materials, with a free-form rather than structured approach to placement and styling. Furniture is about creating conversation. In living rooms, this may be achieved with one key sofa accompanied by a mix of armchairs, floor cushions and stools, so the space can be changed to suit different occasions. A large leather sofa may be teamed with an ornate patterned armchair adorned with metal studs and details, a carved timber coffee table and hammered-metal stools as seating or side tables.
Get the look in a bedroom with an oversized bedhead made from old carved timber doors or driftwood clad over a second-hand bedhead.
You can add an inherited crocheted bedspread with its own unique story.
For the entry way, a large handcrafted, framed mirror can sit above an old writing desk, with handwoven wicker baskets, a large tribal shell necklace and travel books.
Rather than the type and amount of lighting, the main consideration is the fitting. To complement the room, the light fittings need a tribal character and a handmade aesthetic.
Artisan-made fittings, such as handmade, hammered-metal lights from Morocco or beaded lights from India, will give the warmth and feel of far-off destinations. Timber-beaded chandeliers teamed with cut glass are an on-trend fusion of styles and also cast a lovely shadow on the walls.
Table and floor lamps are important for living rooms and bedrooms, so look for those embellished with cut-glass or ceramic beads, handcrafted silver and other metallics. They are an effective, striking way to add texture and can sit alongside clean-lined furniture.
Adding layers is key, and accessories and styling bring it all together. Items that have been collected, found and reused, as well as those found in nature, can be combined to create an eclectic mix of objects, shapes, colours and finishes.
Look for handmade artisan pieces, such as carved timber bowls and statues, and fabrics with natural, colourful dyes and patterns, that pick up on tribal motifs.
Wall hangings add handcrafted texture and work well with striking key pieces, such as handmade tribal necklaces. Pieces with bone inlay, shells and crystals fuse natural materials with ancient craftsmanship.
Natural elements, such as seed pods, branches, driftwood and stones, can be placed in bowls or as stand-alone objects. You can also add tribal touches with woven baskets and storage boxes.
The relaxed vibe of this trend is very much about spending time with family and friends, so it’s natural to take it outside our homes.
Cushions and tribal throws add traditional patterns and motifs to outdoor dining and seating areas. Mirror-beaded table runners, handblown glasses, hammered-metal trays, Moroccan tealight holders and handcrafted stools and tables create a relaxing, eclectic feel.
Bright house Try colourful cushions and wall hangings in tribal patterns, mixed with timber and metallic pieces.
Hand-carved mirrors, handwoven wicker pieces and shell necklaces create a decorative entrance.
WOVEN WONDERS Home Republic “Sahara” baskets, from $39.95, from Adairs.
UNDER FOOT Charm wool rug, 152cm x 244cm, $699, from West Elm.
Natural weave Add a relaxed boho feel to your outdoor area with woven pieces.
SOUK IT UP Moroccan leather pouffe, $230, from Table Tonic.
PRINT THAT Moroccan Mosaic canvas print, 30cm x 30cm, $34.99, from Wall Art Prints.
Soft touch Tribal rugs and throws and textured lights create softness in bedrooms.
POT LUCK Have You Met Miss Jones “Windowpane” vase, $39.95, from Zanui.
SHADOW PLAY Woven rope pendant lampshade, $199, from Opus Design.
HEADS UP Bouclair Novica antelope statue, $30, from Spotlight.