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12 Key Elements of Hippie Decorating Style

July 27, 2020

Hippie style is all about creating an eclectic mix of colors and nature with a free-spirited blend of patterns and textures. Find the design essentials of this fun, non-conformist style.

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Photo: Jennifer M. Ramos. From: HGTV Handmade.

What Is Hippie Style?

Hippie style, stemming from the counterculture of the 1960s, is more than just tie-dye and lava lamps. It is an eclectic blend of several styles. Like its design cousin boho, hippie decor incorporates many natural elements, but it is often more maximalist than boho. The use of Middle Eastern, Moroccan and Native American patterns in bold colors gives it a global flare, while the use of vintage pieces (from no particular era) touches upon the grandmillennial trend. Unexpected tchotchkes, unusual souvenirs and layers of fabrics and patterns are to be expected in a well-curated hippie space. Nature was also big to the counterculture movement, so any good hippie room will include many plants (a bit of jungalow style too!) and items made from naturals materials like geodes, bamboo and wicker. Here are the key items you need to include in your hippie space.

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Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Wall Tapestries

Textile wall hangings are classic hippie and a great way to add a lot of personality to a room with little money. Here, the gold, fuschia and gray colors in the wall hanging are used as the room’s main color palette. Balancing the rich colors with clean-lined, modern furnishing keeps the exotic patterns and hues from becoming overwhelming and gives the room a sophisticated hippie vibe.

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Photo: Dabito

Killim Patterns

The handwoven look and colors of classic Turkish flat-weave kilim patterns lend a global and exotic feel to any free-spirited space. A brass tray table, bamboo furniture and lots of plants are a natural combination for the layers of kilim rugs and pillows.

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Photo: Gerardine and Jude Vargas. From: BOXHILL.

Mix of Textures

There is nothing matchy-matchy in hippie style; it is all about having an eclectic collection of curated treasures. In this amazing space, the natural stone wall is the backdrop for a mix of colorful textiles and modern furnishings, while the unexpected faux (we hope) animal skins, horns and furs turn the space into a conversation piece.

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