More and more artists, youngsters, corporatists – you name it! – opt for a Jungallow decorating style, but let’s see what this crazy and newly invented word really means. The Jungallow is an eclectic style created by the UCLA graduate and social media guru, Justina Blakeney. It represents the name of her daily blog and multidisciplinary studio, where Justina and her folks design prints and products, like the wallpapers, rugs and pillows you see in her home, as well as an upcoming furniture collection with Selamat. “The word comes from a combination of bungalow and jungle — it's all about coziness and vivaciousness. If I had to boil it down, Jungalow style really consists of four ingredients: color, pattern, plants and global finds.”
Justina describes her living room as "a riot of color and pattern, a Mexican vintage rug, and a host of pillows I schlepped back from Turkey." Mix and match bold colors, textures, and patterns against a subtle backdrop to create an effortless, eclectic boho vibe. In comparison to a sleeker or more polished space, boho style is inspired by ethnic decor and uses lots of textures—from rustic throws and shag rugs to woven tapestries. Bohemians love color, whether it's muted or vibrant.
“I love pattern. It immediately creates a statement and relieves the need to add a lot of stuff. Look at the bedroom — besides the bed, we literally have no other furniture in there, but the patterned wallpaper and rug make it bold.”
One way you can offset a room full of color is by adding natural elements in a neutral color—a cream-colored sofa, a jute rug, or white walls can keep the color from overpowering. Macrame originated in the 13th century with Arab weavers and regained popularity in the '70s as it was made into home decor. History often repeats itself, and macrame wall hangings are once again very popular...especially in the boho, Southwestern, and eclectic California home styles. Hang a piece over a window, on a wall, or as a plant hanger. Rattan furniture is another element often found in bohemian style spaces. For an updated spin, add some bright, unexpected color. Incorporate rattan (or wicker) into your space with chairs, headboards, storage, and more. Tie-dye may feel like a bit of a throwback to the '60s and '70s, but apply the technique to light, gauzy curtains and you've got the perfect accent for your jungalow.
Still, there is an important aspect: usually people who go for this style live in small rooms, narrow apartments; this overcrowded style might seem tiring and suffocating in such conditions, however Justina explains to us how to deal with such issues: “In small spaces, it helps to seek out furnishings that not only fit the space, but also maximize its function. If I can't find the perfect piece, I'll have it made — like the bed, which has built-in night tables and a headboard that rests seamlessly on the wall, so not an inch is wasted.”
But what about the kitchen?! “When we moved in, the house had a galley kitchen, but we worked with our contractor to demolish and rebuild. We went bold with the tiles and added a window behind the sink, which makes the space feel airy and light. We love looking outside while washing dishes. And talk about bang for your buck: The window cost about the same as an expensive chair, and I'll take a window over a chair any day. (…) compact size and layout of this particular house helps. The kitchen is right in the middle of everything — it's the heart of our home. You'll often find my husband in here cooking, me working at the nearby dining room table and my daughter playing in the adjacent living room. The proximity creates a triangle of conversation between the three of us. I've lived in bigger houses, but this one feels just right for our family” said Justina.
You can't go wrong when you incorporate natural wood accessories. Instead of painting sculpted pieces, keep the wood in its original state and appreciate its form and organic beauty. The more plants, the merrier. In every room of the house—from the living room to the bathroom.
“Right, but plants fall into the same category as patterns. Adding a plant instantly breathes life into a space, especially a small room. When people ask my advice on decorating an awkward corner, I always say, ‘Why don't you just put a humongous plant right there?’ I've yet to find a design conundrum that can't be solved with plants. That's why they're such a big part of the Jungalow look.“, added Justina.
What we can easily grasp from the exuberant words of the crestor of this hectic style is that it is not only a matter of decoration, but a way of life. If you find yourself as a part of this vibrant living, if you need to be surrounded with hot colors, traditional patterns that awaken your ancestral memories and you want your crib to insipre you and be a part of your own daring and bold personality, then Jungallow is the thing for you!
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