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Indulge In Bold Bohemian Design

I think by now most of us have heard of Bohemian or “boho” style. Over the past few decades or so it has gone through phases of popularity, reaching a peaks in the 1990s and mid-2000s. Unlike minimalist or modern style, Bohemian interior design unleashes and embraces unconventional maximalism by playing with the rules a bit.

“a free-spirited aesthetic that mixes different cultures and artistic expressions into an eclectic style with an emphasis on organic elements and nature.”


One of the best things about Bohemian design is that, because it is “free spirited” and eclectic, there’s a lot you can do with–including incorporating some of your more minimalist leanings and completely indulging in bold Bohemian with lots of vibrant color.

Bohemian Interior Design

Saying there are no rules to Bohemian design isn’t quite the truth. While Bohemian style is open to a huge variety of textures, materials, design eras, and colors, the overarching theme and aesthetic leans more to the organic, vintage, and neutral, all punctuated with overlapping patterns and pops of color. Once you’ve established your color palette and primary furniture pieces, don’t be afraid to veer from them in bursts of art, unusual lighting elements, and patterns that go against the grain. The core of Bohemian is a sense of “collected”, like you’ve slowly curated the room as you’ve moved through life.

Bohemian Color Palette

As for color palette, we can’t list core colors which are more often used than others. Simply keep in mind that you will have to use more saturated, bright colors as well as jewel and earthy tones. Start with earthy greens and browns, terra cotta tones, and anything found in florals. Incorporate wood in every shade, and then start layering on top of that.

Bohemian Materials & Textures

Mostly, you want to use natural materials–hemp, cotton, linen, whicker, wood, terra cotta, and stucco. But make sure once that foundation is set, to indulge in some layering when it comes to patterns and textiles. Mixing and matching different rugs, pillows, and blankets is a good start.

It’s also a great idea to incorporate a variety of shapes. For example, in the photo below, there’s the bell-shaped light, the half-moon art piece behind the bed, the flower-shaped jute rug, pillows of varying sizes, rough/natural edges to wood surfaces, arches and squared nooks, and then the flowers. All of these things together give the impression of curation, and the sense that you’ve stepped into a naturally formed space.

Alison Victoria home Photo credit is: House Beautiful/Robert Peterson

Also, Bohemian style is easily achieved through handmade, bespoke pieces. Try to find low to the ground furniture with a more nomadic touch such as a chaise bed with colorful Moroccan poufs. Floral canisters, vintage candles, and African baskets are all welcome in your Bohemian space.

Bohemian Greenery

Oh and don’t forget plenty of greenery. Think houseplants of different sizes, vining plants like hoyas, or bunches of succulents. Collect plants in one area as a mini jungle, or spread them out to fill the whole home with the beauty of nature. As a bonus, find ways of incorporating beads, suncatchers, and crystals for a little bit of glam.

When it comes to Bohemian decoration, don’t be afraid to mix patterns, decorate with vintage pieces, hang paintings of all kinds, and use painted or unpainted pottery to make your rooms unique. Finish off the room with lots of rugs and pillows. This style is all about embracing exoticism and eclecticism!

Bohemian-Inspired Design Style Take-Aways:

  • Carefree with the lack of (or fewer) rules or structure
  • Bright color combinations and lots patterns
  • Unique and mixed decoration
  • Furniture made of natural materials
  • Layering textiles and patterns

Bohemian Design Inspirations

Here are some inspiration photos to jog your creativity…

Bohemian Decoration Vendors

Here are some of my favorite vendors for the Bohemian design style…

  • Jungalow
  • Anthropologie Home
  • Etsy vendors (search Boho decor)
  • Well Woven
  • World Market

Style Quiz

If you don’t know your design style, then you need to take our Design Style Quiz. So go ahead and CLICK HERE to take it. The quiz doesn’t include every design style we’ll include in this series but the most popular styles around today.

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