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Afro Boho Wedding Decor: How to Own This Trend in 3 Unique Ways

Afro boho decor is the best option if you don’t fancy stand-alone African decor for your special day.

Bohemian or boho decor appeals to anyone who loves the unusual or doesn’t bend to conventional decor rules.

Similarly, African decor is exotic and timeless.

It easily stands out due to its authentic decor props and styles.   

Afro boho decor is, therefore, a cross between the two.

It’s characteristics include (but aren’t limited to) assorted bold patterns, prints, exotic potted plants, raffia, sisal, and pampas accessories.  

As you’ll see in this article, we’ve shared with you ideas and inspiration to style your afro boho decor.

The original bohemians

Before we get into it, here’s something to remember: Boho decor doesn’t have any rules.

You can create your look of layered patterns without heeding a particular theme or style. 

Bohemian style interior design came into being in the 19th century in Paris.

It was inspired by artists, writers, performers, and nomads (gypsies) who believed creativity was worth more than money.

In creating this decor trend, they flipped the bird on conventional styles, refused to conform to the norm, and instead unified their respective cultures and ideals to create this new trend. 

Key characteristics of afro boho decor to apply to your wedding

While it doesn’t have distinct rules, there are popular applications to boho decor that you can rely on to guide you.

Layering patterns, using different types of lighting, and saturated colors will help you achieve the best look for your type of event.

To create your desired Afro boho wedding decor style, your vision board should cover three critical elements which are;

1. The layout

Boho wedding decor for 20 guests

Your personality or taste will be evident in the minimalism or maximalism of the outcome.

Whether indoor or outdoor, you can use any furnishing, and there’s no line drawn on indoor or outdoor furniture; traditional or contemporary, you can use anything.

Another thing is that there’s always room for more; you can never have enough.

One of the reasons bohemian decor enjoys frequent reincarnation is the fact that it gives you free rein to create a space you’ll love and enjoy without conforming to any standard.

2. Colors

Colorful afro boho wedding reception

When it comes to color, this is your chance to incorporate all those ‘tribal colors you thought were gaudy.

If you’re a minimalist or too much color doesn’t appeal to you, incorporate a neutral base with white or cream (tan).

But if going all out is your intention, use darker tones for the bases and then saturated ones like aqua blue, emerald green, burnt orange, and such to pop.

The colors don’t need to complement each other, and the trick to achieving something discernible is to layer, mix and combine them to achieve a unique style.

3. Accessories and props

Afro Boho Tented Wedding

Again, there’s no limit to what you can use to accessorize your bohemian decor theme.

In Kenya, you can source decor accessories and props from the Maasai Market, various flea markets, craft centers, garden shops, or an online market for handmade crafts Kenya.

In the end, your afro boho decor arsenal should have a mix of;

  • Lighting for coziness such as chandeliers and other overhead fixtures; lanterns, candles, and lamps. 
  • Crafts for accessorizing such as tapestries, bottles, paintings, sculptures, family heirlooms, assorted vintage pieces, and much more.
  • Plants are a central element in boho decor. Hence bringing the outdoors and natural life is critical to this decor trend. Use spider plants, bamboo, Chinese fern, herbs, and any appropriate indoor plants that you can find. 

Afro boho decor boosts sustainability

Some people feel that this trend has run its course and should be retired.

But boho decor not only enables you create decor you love and enjoy but also embraces sustainability, wellness, and nature, which are some of the critical factors to an empowering life.

People are shunning wastefulness and seeking ways to minimize consumption by embracing recycling (or upcycling), and creating stuff and spaces they enjoy.

Frequently asked questions

1. What is Afro Boho?

Afro Boho is decor that ascribes to the Bohemian aesthetic of layered patterns, assorted lighting and natural elements like plants. However it goes further by incorporating African decor themes and props such as bold prints, patterns, art and crafts. Think of African masks, carved log stools, mudcloth and handwoven baskets and wall hangings.

2. What defines Bohemian style?

Bohemians were free spirits, unrestricted by common rules and who believed creativity was worth more than money. Hence Bohemian style depicts their lifestyle. It’s distinct for its lack of structure or adherence to interior design rules. With this style, anything goes which includes your application of colors, patterns, textures, plants and decor accessories from anywhere in the world.

3. Is Boho a culture?

Yes it is. For most people it’s a way of life, representing their perspective and approach to life. In a world full of rules and convention, Boho comes as a relief. It allows you to embrace yourself, live freely, unrestricted and with everything you cherish.

Afro boho decor is inexhaustible because of it’s versatility.

Don’t limit yourself to Africa decor styles that only focus on certain styles.

Africa is rich in breathtaking landscapes, plant life, artisanal crafts and so much more.

Reason to work with us

We’re event planners in Nairobi with the expertise to plan and deliver your afro boho decor at your wedding.

Here are also four good reasons to consider working with us.

1. Proven and tested expertise for 11 years.

2. Robust network of suppliers and industry partners across Kenya.

3. Trained and reliable professional team.

4. Affordable services and innovative ideas.

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