A home office is the part of our homes that are created for Getting. Work. Done. But that doesn’t mean they have to be all about function. They can be stylish, too! At Modsy, we’re of the belief that a home office should not only be a reflection of your overall design style—but it should also inspire you and spark creative and innovative thinking. But how you bring that to life completely depends on your personal style and what you need from a home office.
For those who are naturally more free-flowing and creative, we love the look of a boho home office. It’s a style that embodies creativity and lets your personality shine in a big way. Not to mention it will make your Zoom background a lot more interesting than the average cubicle!
What is Boho Style?
What is boho style, you ask? It’s a look that’s eclectic, colorful, and has a bit of global flair. In boho spaces, you’ll find a lot of patterns, textures, and layers, as well as an eclectic mix of collected objects and decor. Casual and carefree, this is a style that has a relaxed vibe.
With all this in mind, boho offices aren’t for everyone. Some people prefer their home offices to be more minimalistic to reduce distractions or more traditional if they want their space to feel more formal. But a boho home office is the perfect choice for creative spirits and those who want their workspace to inspire them and be a true reflection of who they are—as well as their goals and aspirations.
Want some boho home office design ideas? Keep reading for 10 boho office designs, along with tips for creating an eclectic workspace of your own.
1. Hang a Gallery Wall
A boho gallery wall can bring a splash of personality to your home office. We love the idea of mix-and-match artwork to create a mixed media gallery wall, like this one. The mix of photography, art prints, a woven plate, a macrame weaving, and even a resin animal bust creates a textural, layered look that’s bursting with personality.
2. Decorate with Plants
Crazy plant person? Why not! Boho decor is big on celebrating nature, so decorating with plants is a natural move. Plus, incorporating plants in your office helps with good energy and air flow, while adding texture and pops of green to your space. Bring in plants on multiple levels throughout your office, like we did above—with floor plants and hanging plants, plus plants that sit on various surfaces. This creates a relaxed boho office vibe.
3. Maximize Natural Light
Making sure you get as much natural light as possible is good for any home office, no matter the style. But as such a lighthearted design style, it seems especially fitting for boho office designs. Natural light brings good vibes into an office space and helps keep your energy levels up. So, try to bring in as much natural light during work hours as possible by keeping windows open and uncovered. Bonus: natural light is a free and ample source of light at your desk!
4. Go Bold With Color
Boho can be all about airiness and creating a sense of calm and peace. But it can also be quite bold! If you want to add some boldness into your boho office design, a statement wall color is a fun way to do this. It brings some extra personality to your home office. Just make sure you pick a color that is energizing but not distracting!
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5. Create Textural Layers
Texture can make an office feel homey and cozy, which is important if you spend a lot of time in it. Add texture through natural materials like wood furniture, plants, woven poufs, rugs, and wall hangings. And find ways to do this from the floor to the ceiling! This cozy boho home office has texture on all levels, which helps the space feel visually layered and dynamic. This is also a great way to bring to life a more neutral boho home office.
6. Sprinkle in a Dash of Whimsy
Love this boho home office nook? Then you might have a penchant for whimsical decor, which is another fun way to bring some personality and imagination into your boho home office. Consider home office furniture like a funky pendant light or carved wood desk, or decorative accents like an eclectic piece of artwork. Whimsical touches in a home office can help lighten the mood and bring a sense of joy to your workspace.
7. Lay Down a Vintage Rug
Part of the eclectic nature of bohemian design is the mix of old and new, which gives a space look of being collected and developed over time. A great way to bring in a sense of history to your boho home office is with a vintage rug, or a vintage-inspired style. Plus, a colorful boho rug can add so much color and personality to a space and really drive home the boho aesthetic.
8. Add Chic Elements
Want a bit more of a boho chic home office? Add some glamorous touches, and you’ll have yourself a boho glam look! Incorporate a gilded mirror, a decorative chandelier like the beaded boho one above, a marble or brass lamp, and maybe even some jewel-toned walls. All of these elements can bring a boho glam touch while still giving your office a casual and eclectic vibe, overall. Layer in some woven textures and a vintage-inspired rug for some global chic flair!
9. Pick Open and Airy Furniture and Materials
In a boho home office, we like to create an open and airy vibe through the furniture and materials we choose. To keep the space feeling open and bright, opt for natural materials and light-reflecting surfaces in the furniture and decor. Choose furniture with open frames and bases (like an open bookshelf or drafting-style desk) to keep the space feeling less cluttered. Boho offices tend to be full of textures, so the simplicity of lighter pieces of furniture helps the space feel inspiring rather than overwhelming.
10. Keep It Minimal
Get easily distracted? Keep things clean, uncluttered, and minimal with furniture that is still boho but boasts clean lines (like this mid-century modern desk with natural wood front). This is a great way to add that casual and light-hearted boho flair without the maximalism that sometimes accompanies this style. Because, while some people thrive in visually busy spaces, some people need some extra help focusing—which makes more minimal boho office decor a great choice. This is also a good approach for small home office designs.
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