Boho Interior Design Style and How To Get Achieve It
Let’s start by defining ‘Boho’ interior design style. The word ‘Boho’ is short for Bohemian, and Bohemian style is defined by a lack of structure. Boho interior designers choose carefree layers of colour, texture, and pattern. The key to Bohemian aesthetics is that it’s relaxed and personal to you. In short, Boho styles are styled for your own enjoyment.
What is Boho Interior Design?
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When you come across Bohemian design, you know it! It’s a unique mix of bright, patterned, multicultural elements and layers that you simply can’t miss. Perhaps the word ‘Bohemian’ says it all; it refers to someone who is typically involved in the arts and who is socially unconventional.
‘Bohemian’ originally referred to travellers from the central-eastern European areas of ancient Bohemia, and this unusual style traditionally described people who were nomadic, richly artistic, and lived unconventional lives. This idea of the travelling gypsy meant that the elements of a range of cultures and styles were combined to create a unique and eclectic style.
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Bohemian style regained popularity in the 1960s and 70s, bringing with it many of the main elements of that era which are still consistent with today’s Boho-chic style.
Bohemian interior design incorporates a melting pot of colour, pattern, and texture, blending elements and influences from a range of eras and cultures.
What are the design rules of Boho? There are no rules! If you’ve collected mementos throughout your life, display them. And the beauty of this trend is that they don’t have to match anything else; in fact, it’s better if they don’t. The idea is to fill your space with a collection of mirrors, art, books, patterns, fabrics, travel memoirs, and vintage pieces, and the result will be a chic chaos.
Note: Your home should not end up looking like the home of a hoarder: everything should have its own place and purpose. What we’re saying is that you don’t need to be rigid when it comes to placement.
Random and busy surfaces are normal, wooden furnishings are a must-have. However, with all its design anarchy and free-forming, there are some common themes in today’s Boho-chic style that you can follow to create an eclectic Bohemian-inspired home.
No. 1: Moroccan Boho
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To create a summer feel in your outdoor space, consider low tables, colourful lanterns, and floor cushions. We suggest investing in some lanterns, plush furnishings, ottomans, and netting. A bold-coloured feature wall would look fantastic; try integrating strong patters and rich colours to induce a typical scene of a busy Moroccan bazaar. More-is-more when it comes to Boho Interiors. Complement with multi-toned ikat-inspired prints (‘ikat’ is an Indonesian dyeing technique) in a melting pot of textures, colours and patterns.
No. 2: European Bohemia
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For European Bohemia think of a gypsy wagon with tassels, crochet curtains and beaded embellishments. With European Bohemia design you can be unruly and chaotic, but with elegance and flair. Your rooms should be decorated with jewellery, lace, driftwood, and trinkets, anything you’ve collected during your travels and anything from nature that takes your fancy. The aim of this style is to reflect your spontaneity; not everything will be planned and not everything will have its place. Throw it all together, then apply some thoughtful edits to make it look effortless. Select a statement piece, like a hanging chair, or a peacock. To add a chic twist to the entrance of an understated room add a beaded or crocheted curtain.
No. 3: Western Boho
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When we think of Western Boho we automatically think of vintage leathers, butterfly chairs, and tassels, and of course high canopies and low-floor beds. Consider rustic timbers and woody furniture. Offset this with hemp pillows and durable materials constructed from tie dyed blankets – your space will be transformed into a 60s haven! To cap it all off, add some cacti and succulents, and don’t forget the tribal rugs. Create a pillowed-in fortress to replace the sofa and adorn this with Navajo rugs and bright patterns. You’ve now created a magical Wild West Boho interior.
No. 4: Modern Boho-Chic
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For this particular Boho style you need white-on-white. Consider this: white painted timber floorboards, plush furry throws at the end of your vintage couch, and a canopy of fairy lights above the bed. Rich textiles and bold hues complement the earthy plants and white walls to create a casual, laid-back ambience. Modern Boho-Chic means lots of plants and lots of prints, and for cool, indie wall art don’t forget to add your personal story, like your old collection of guitars. You can always add a 70’s-inspired twist by adding ornate rugs and pillows to complement your all-white palette.
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More Bohemian Design Ideas
- Every Bohemian style room should start with a simple base colour in warm and earthy tones A bright base tone could be too rich and chaotic, so we always suggest a neutral colour palette.
- Plants are an easy and affordable way of creating a relaxed vibe, at the same time adding dimension to a space. Plants not only complement most spaces; they purify the air while adding a pop of colour.
- Hanging plants are a great addition to Bohemian style. They’re a beautiful and fun way of adding depth and interest to any room.
- One of the most cost-effective ways of creating Bohemian style is to layer similar patterns. These might be contrasting patterned rugs and/or colourful throws and cushions. While maintaining a consistent colour theme, have some fun with mixing and contrasting patterns, scales, shapes, and styles, to create a lush Bohemian vibe.
- Another easy way to create an authentic Bohemian style home is to add low-lying furniture – the closer to the floor the better. Consider low-backed sofas with added poufs for extra seating, all covered in comfortable, plush throw cushions. Add a comfortable rug to finish the look and top it with different size cushions.
- Any furniture and materials you add to your home should look as if they’ve been well used before coming into your home. Bohemian style is about pre-loved pieces that appear to have been sourced from an exotic market in some far-off location.
- Bohemian style is definitely not about minimalism! It’s about indulgent maximalism, but while your living room should be full of curated finds, we suggest a more pared down version of this for your bedroom.
- Make sure everything you love and everything you’ve collected throughout your lifetime is prominently on display – layer all your trinkets and treasures to tell your story.
- Bohemian décor conjures up bold hues and bright colours, from purples, pinks, greens, and oranges - when it comes to luxurious Bohemian design the bolder the better.
- Mirrored and metallic surfaces are hallmarks of Bohemian design. They create focal points in your room and add a sense of glamour.
- Layering is the perfect way of concealing furnishings that may not be in tip-top condition. Cover these furnishings with a range of textiles for a stylish yet textured take on Bohemian style decor.
- If you’re not well-travelled, visit your local antiques shop and search for interesting treasurers to display. Go bold with artistic pieces that stand out.