“Boho is short for Bohemian: a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts. Food is art, we dare say we were certainly avant-garde in the Nairobi food scene.”
The lifestyle of free spirits and hippies of the 60s and 70s are a huge source of inspiration for Boho-eatery’s Interior Aesthetic. Truth is, the bohemian design and lifestyle borrows from so many subcultures and ethnic communities that it makes it difficult to trace the true origin that inspired this style. It’s easy to trace this theme to the South American Heritage but I dare to say that this style is heavily inspired from rich ethnic communities in the African Continent.
Nairobi being a multi-cultural city, Boho Eatery perfectly embodies the traditional perception of an earthy bohemian lifestyle. Located in the depths of the Karen, the greenery and earthy surroundings of this suburb is quite the perfect environment to bring out a traditional bohemian dinning experience.
Curating the Bohemian Theme
Getting the bohemian look is quite simple yet extremely challenging at the same time. It incorporates a unique mix of different textures, fabrics, materials and bold colors together. This look is accomplished through elements such as tunics or wood, embroidery or embellishment with beading, fringed linen, and artifacts are central towards achieving this look.
Let me break it down. The Boho interior look has the following elements
- Bright and Bold Colors, Patterns and Paintings
- Serene greenery surroundings, vibrant flowers with hints
- Open spaces and unique fittings and finishings
Bold Colours and Pattern Dominates
Often layered and colorful, Boho-eatery is a perfect mixture of the bright tones and the subtle palettes. The space leans heavily on earthy tones: think browns and greens, jewel tones, and metallics as a solid basis for its loud and bright color contrast. With yellow walls and colorful embellishments, these elements complement each other quite well. Pattern is also key in design, as many bohemian textiles come from exotic places around the world, like incorporating Persian rugs or traditional Moroccan ornaments.
Bohemian design isn’t just about incorporating these elements—it’s about not being afraid to mix and layer different tones, textures, colors and across. Colors and patterns don’t necessarily have to “go” together; what makes it unique is how they are combined and unconventional ways they are used, such as hanging a rug in addition to using one on the floor.
Embedded Natural Elements
While the boho-lifestyle is often known for its psychedelic effect , i must say that boho-eatery is quite modest and gives you a natural high. By this I mean, the natural sense of peace that comes with being around nature. Not only is the venue ideal for this sort of restaurant, but the place is filled with plenty of natural elements.
As you walk around, you’ll come across elements such as wooden finishings, burlap and sisal cutlery, and metallic grid doors. Filling a room with potted plants, hanging plants, succulents, and ferns help bring the outdoors in and creates a calming aesthetic in your space. “Adding plants is also an instantaneous way to make a home feel more relaxed, colorful, and full of life, It looks good, it’s good for the spirit, and it’s good for the planet.”