If you are attracted to hippie style, create a room that has this laid-back and groovy feel. You can produce a room that makes inhabitants feel as if they have taken a trip back in time. Decorating in hippie style is simple and can be economical, as it does not require the purchasing of matched pieces or pricey decor items.
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Use found pieces to furnish your space instead of purchasing brand-new furnishings. Eco-conscious, and often short on cash, hippies often filled their spaces with gathered pieces from different eras instead of buying new furnishings.
Mix and match patterns. Spaces with a hippie feel are often eclectic, consisting of an assortment of patterns that do not, upon first appearance, match. To ensure that these pieces do not clash, look for patterns with hues that belong to the same colour family or patterns with similar styles.
Warm up your room with a floor covering. Place a print rug in the centre of your space to make it inviting and cosy.
Use strands of plastic or wooden beads to create a doorway barrier. Purchase bead curtains designed for this use or create your own by stringing large beads and connecting the strands to create a dense beaded curtain through which guests must push to enter the space.
Create simple tie-dyed or bold printed window treatments. Use tie-dyed curtains to create colourful window coverings or gather large scraps of print fabrics and fashion them into window coverings.
Add lighting with a hippie feel. Place a lava lamp in your room to give the space a psychedelic feel. Purchase beaded or bold-print lamp shades for your existing lighting to give the fixtures a hippie makeover.
Bring in natural accents. Bring the outdoors in by placing potted flowers and plants in your space, reflecting the hippie interest in the beauties of nature.
Accessorise with candles--in all shapes and sizes--multicoloured or in colours to match or complement your prints.
Tips and warnings
- If you want to reproduce the '60s hippie style more literally, place incense burners on a fireplace mantel or table and hang psychedelic posters or Indian batik tapestries on the walls.
- Stay away from solid colours. While you can use monochromatic accents, stick with prints. These pieces add to the decorative interest created by your furniture pieces.
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