My Design Plan: “Afrobolistic” Design

Hey there, Mea here!

The time has come! Today begins the journey of redesigning my home with you! So I have to admit that I am a bit excited, but at the same time a bit nervous. Redesigning will help me make my home a reflection of me and challenge me to step outside of my comfort zone, push limits, and test new ideas. This post will discuss my design style, color palette, and what projects I will start with first.

When you are beginning to redesign your home, one of the first things you need to do is identify your design style. An interior design style is a look or vibe that you want your space to have. There are many design styles that you can choose from, such as; Traditional, Contemporary, Bohemian, Mid Century Modern, Minimalist, Industrial, Moroccan, etc. Once you have a style, you can incorporate furniture, accessories, art, and other things that reflect your chosen design. Knowing your style can make it easier to plan, set a budget, and purchase items that give your home the desired look.

The style I decided to use is what I call “Afrobolistic,” a multi-design style that I created to implement in my home. It is from a combination of 3 different design styles; African, Bohemian, and Holistic design. To provide you with a better understanding of each design style, in the next few paragraphs, I will break down each style and then show you how I will bring it all together to create an Afrobolistic Design.

African Design Style

African Design is a spiritual design style that emphasizes the bond between humans and nature. It uses organic and natural materials to design and create an intriguing and cozy environment. This design style loves to use earthly tones like cream, browns, oranges, indigo blue, and warm reds in its color palette and fabrics. Depending on the location (i.e., East African, West African, Moroccan, Egyptian), the textiles used can change, and details can vary. In most cases, décor is handmade and can exhibit African symbolism, animal skins/ prints, tribal masks, woven baskets, and geometric shapes. The lighting is often low and intimate. The furniture is often handmade with wood, leather, iron, rattan, and or straw. The best feature of this design is that it focuses on expressing culture and can easily blend and complement other designs.

African Design Style Quick Notes

Bohemian Design Style

Bohemian Design is a personal and relaxed design style. This style focuses more on freedom and less on rules. The color palette can range from white to bright colors and jewel tones. Considering this style represents freedom of expression, it often loves handmade and artistic items and believes in the art of DIY (Do It Yourself). The furniture is often vintage that sits low. The décor is mostly unique thrift finds, colorful pillows, throws (all though some may add more expensive items), and worn fabrics. The Bohemian style also focuses on maximalism with a purpose. When it comes to nature, the Bohemian design loves to bring the outside indoors. It is often known to thrive in houseplants and utilize mirrors to enhance natural light. With this style, you can design what you love while creating good energy, harmony, and flow.

Bohemian Design Quick Notes

Holistic Design Style

The holistic design is a style created to inspire, nurture, and serve the inhabitants physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Going beyond functionally and form, this style focuses on how the room feels more than its looks. Like the previous design, it implements plants and other natural elements. It also uses natural healing practices such as color psychology, aromatherapy, crystal healing, and space philosophies like Feng Shui. This design aims to create a sacred space that restores or rejuvenates the individual because it believes that our environment can significantly impact our well-being.

Holistic Design Quick Notes

Bringing It All In

My Design Style: “Afrobolistic” Design

Afrobolistic is a spiritual, healing, and expressive design style. Its purpose is to embody self-expression, self-love, and positivity to create a sacred space that reflects color, culture, and creativity. I chose to combine these design styles because each design incorporates self-expression, nature, oneness, and the appreciation of our well-being in some shape or form. Three is also a divine/angel number. The number three represents positive characteristics like; communication, creativity, positivity, self-expression, freedom, and unity. In other words, the space is going to give the feeling of comfort and good vibes. To bring it together, I selected key features from each one and applied it to my design in a “60-30-10” rule (which we will discuss more later).

Now for the design details. This design style focuses on repurposing or redesigning, DIY, openness, and handmade. The furniture used will be a combination of vintage and custom builds. Natural and organic materials will be used for some shelving, cabinets, etc. The color scheme will pertain a neutral primary color, a bold secondary color, and two to four accent colors. The walls will be designed with texture (via stencils) and will contain cultural art. Most of the lighting will be natural that will be enhanced by mirrors, however, there will also be low light options for a more intimate feel. The decor will consist of handmade throws, tribal masks, statues, woven baskets, mirrors, pillows, and worn textiles (i.e., animal prints, African, and other cultural textiles). Maximalism will be applied with a purpose. We will bring nature indoors by adding various houseplants and other natural elements such as water fountains or fish. Holistically, we will add natural healing items such as crystals, aromatherapy, color psychology and more.

Afrobolisitc Design Notes

My Color Palette

As for the color palette, below are the colors that I am considering to use plan in my design. The white will be the primary colors of the walls, the black will be used as a secondary color for my accent wall, the cabinets, and the furniture. The green (or blue), red, yellow, and brown will be used as accent colors.

Creating Your Own Multi-Design Style

Now that you know my design style, I bet you’re wondering how in my going to pull it together? Well, it’s a pretty simple four-step process; Define the Common Thread, Implement the 60-30-10 Rule, Select the Elements You Love, and Define Your Color Pallet.

Define the Common Thread

The first thing that I am going to do is find the commonality between all three design styles. Once you find the common thread, it becomes easier for you to see what is different about each design. In this case, all three design styles use plants and nature; they can blend easily with other designs; they believe in expression and creates based on how you feel and what you love.

Implement the 60-30-10 Rule

The second thing that I had to do was implement what I like to call the 60-30-10 rule. In this rule, you are determining what design style will take up the majority of your design. Doing this will help you clarify the overall look of your space and prevent you from becoming overwhelmed when trying to use equal parts of multiple designs. In my case, I am dedicating;

  • 60% of the room to the main design style (East and West African)
  • 30% to the secondary design style (Bohemian)
  • 10% to the third design style (Holistic).

Select the Elements You Love

The third thing I had to do was select the elements I love or desire out of each design style. To do this, I wrote down the key features of each design style on a piece of paper, then I went through and selected an element that I wanted to add to my home. Even though this sounds simple enough, it took me at least two or three times to go over the list. I did this because I wanted to give myself time to think about what I wanted. When it comes to this step, the key is not to stress yourself out. If you don’t have any ideas, don’t be afraid to go onto Pinterest and look up some ideas or inspiration. Pinterest is an excellent resource because you can see various design ideas. Here are some of the elements that I plan on implementing into my design;

Define Your Color Palette

In this fourth and final step; it’s time to identify a color palette. I chose to select at least three to six colors to use on my pallet with my design. The first two colors will be primary and secondary, and the final three colors would be accent colors. I decided to use the colors I chose neutral colors for the primary and secondary colors and earth and jewel tone colors for the accent colors. Keep in mind that you do not only have to use solid colors, but they can also apply to various textiles, décor, patterns, and prints.

After this process is completed, next you set your budget, and begin to redesign!

The Next Steps

Now that I have shared my design style, the next step is to start redesigning. Over the next few post, we are going to focus on the following projects;

  • Repurposing Closet Shelves to Create a Plant Wall
  • DIY Window Valance
  • Installing Double Cording on a Chair
  • Repainting My Dining Room Table
  • Redesigning My Vintage Couch
  • Refinishing My Coffee Table Set
  • Repainting My Lamp and Lamp Shade
  • Sleigh Chair Redesign

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