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The Ultimate Guide to Acing Boho Style

Boho interior design has continued to be a popular style year after year. But it’s also a style that we get tons of questions about. There are so many different facets of bohemian style and so many different ways you can bring it to life. With so many questions, we’re rounding up everything you need to know about this design style, all in one place! Read on for our ultimate guide to acing boho style.

What is bohemian decor?

Bohemian decor is a colorful, eclectic look with a global inspiration. It’s the style you might think of for an avid world traveler or a free-spirited flea market lover, as it tends to be full of an eclectic assortment of collected objects. Bohemian style features a fun mix of color and patterns, furniture styles, and unexpected decor—along with asymmetrical layouts. Boho style tends to be super casual and carefree, with a relaxed approach to styling.

There are so many different ways to get a boho look. Explore some of our favorites here.

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Eclectic vs Bohemian

As you might expect, bohemian home decor has similarities to eclectic interior design—but they’re not entirely synonymous. While these terms are often used interchangeably, “eclectic” is actually a bigger umbrella term that describes an approach to style that’s all about mixing different style and design elements together. Meanwhile, “boho” is a specific design style derived from the approach of artfully mixing decor elements. Essentially, any style can have an eclectic nature or styling approach. That’s why we prefer to use the terms bohemian or boho to describe the actual design style!

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What are bohemian color palettes?

So many different color palettes can work in a bohemian space. So, there’s not just one color scheme that suits this design style. However, boho spaces tend to have more unexpected and bold palettes, and they’re often deeply saturated. This creates a lot of contrast, which pop’s against a neutral base.

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High-Contrast Neutrals

If you like a more grounded approach to boho design, a palette of high-contrast neutrals might be just the thing for you. You still get the boldness of saturation, but in browns and rust tones which feel a bit more approachable. When paired with lighter neutrals, this creates a relaxing space that gives off an air of spa-like tranquility.

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Earth Tones

An earth tone color palette, with its earthy, rustic vibe, results in a similar state of calm as high-contrast neutrals, but with a bit more color injected in the space. Because of the muted nature of earth tones and the way they coordinate with each other so well, you get the satisfaction of bringing color into your space with the ease of decorating with neutrals.

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Pinks, Blues, and Neutrals

For a more mid-century approach to boho, we love a color palette of pinks, blues, and neutrals. It gives any space a trendy vibe. And this color scheme goes beautifully with lighter-toned woods and natural textures for a beachy look.

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Pinks and Greens

A pink and green color palette gives a boho space a very tropical vibe! Youthful and vibrant, this color combo pairs perfectly with cane or rattan furniture and tropical motifs. You can also add gold elements into your furniture or decor to give this color palette of edge of glam.

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Blues and Neutrals

Blues are our most requested color family—and for good reason. Blues, paired with neutrals, are calming and have a safe vibe. And this color scheme works just as well in bohemian interior design as traditional. When paired with lighter wood furniture and natural textures, it takes on a beachy, carefree air that perfectly suits the boho look.

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What are the key elements of bohemian style?

So, how do you take your boho design ideas and make them a reality? Keep reading for some of the key elements of bohemian style, along with decorating ideas to bring this look to life.

Layer in Plenty of Textures

Part of the eclectic nature of boho design is the layered textures in a space—especially natural texture. Working in layers with your texture brings visual depth and approachability to a space. So, play with a mix of smooth and rough textures, chunky and refined, hard and soft. In this design, the rough wood nightstand adds a rugged quality to the space that contrasts with the smooth upholstered bed, giving visual appeal to this arrangement.

Want to bring some relaxing, boho vibes into your bedroom? Read our tips for designing a boho bedroom.

Use a Mix of Materials

When it comes to boho spaces, a mix of textures and patterns are two halves of the same whole. You can’t have one without the other! The no-brainer way to get a layered mix of textures in your space? Incorporating a range of materials. Bringing in a mix of natural materials like jute, cane, natural wood, and leather, as well as chunky knits and upholstery helps give a room a layered and collected look.

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Pile on the Patterns

Patterns bring vibrancy and movement to a bohemian space. They’re also a great way to bring in that globally inspired vibe that boho designs are known for—whether that’s through a shibori pattern, kilim textiles, palm prints, or a vintage-inspired rug. Bonus points if the patterns are colorful!

Enjoy the boho look year-round with a few small updates. Learn more about bringing fall boho style into your home.

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Embrace a Casual Layout

While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the layout of a bohemian space, they tend to be more informal and asymmetrical. This gives a room a more casual vibe and complements the more collected nature of this design style.

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Incorporate Antiques and Vintage-Style Finds

Since bohemian designs are all about creating a unique look, and often feature pieces that are collected over time, this is a perfect design style to try if you love antiques or vintage furniture. These unique pieces will bring a storied element to your space that only older pieces can bring. Of course, if you like the look but aren’t a fan of scouring flea markets and antique stores, you can always bring in vintage-inspired pieces that have that old-world charm but don’t require searching!

Love the look of a collected, boho living room? Make the look your own with our tips for designing a boho living room.

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Decorate with a Range of Different Furniture Styles

While certain pieces of furniture might scream “bohemian” (say, a rattan chair that hangs from the ceiling), the great thing about boho style is that you can actually mix in a wide range of furniture styles. And, the pieces you choose will help guide the overall vibe of your space. You could go for cleaner-lined furniture for a mid-century boho look. Or pieces with traditional details to bring in that antique vibe. Or, a mix of the two like in the design above for a perfectly eclectic but put-together space!

What are some different takes on Bohemian Design?

As you can see, there are numerous ways that you can bring bohemian style into your home. And there are also different levels of intensity—from more subtle eclectic design elements to a blatantly bohemian room full of bright prints, textures, and materials. So, what’s your interior design style when it comes to bohemian style decor? Find out by touring some of our favorite bohemian-influenced designs.

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The Look: Tropical Boho

Perhaps one of the more “classic” takes on boho, Tropical Boho (or Jungalow) is a vibrant, maximalist look that’s easy to personalize. This look—which was popularized by eclectic style icon Justina Blakeney—is big on colors, patterns and textures, and PLANTS. But don’t forget to incorporate those organic shapes and materials to help offset the busyness and boldness of this style.

Tropical Boho is perfect for…

Plant-lovers, free spirits, and maximalists who appreciate a touch of glam.

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The Look: Bohemian Elegance

This is a more refined take on bohemian design. In fact, boho design elements take more of a back seat in this style—but they’re definitely still present. Bohemian Elegance has a more curated and formal feel than many other takes on boho style (as you can see in the symmetrical layout and classic-inspired furniture and art), but it manages to still capture a bohemian sense of openness and free-spirited ease through the mix of warm materials and global patterns.

Bohemian Elegance is perfect for…

Those who lean a little more classic in their style preferences but like the collected nature of boho design.

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The Look: California Modern

California Modern is a safer but very of-the-moment take on boho style. Its rustic and earthy vibe makes it very approachable—but it definitely still looks pulled together and polished. With a mix of rustic, natural, organic, and modern design elements, this style has an easygoing nature. And, styled with an eclectic edge, it all comes together in a way that feels personal and collected.

California Modern is perfect for…

People who love the Studio McGee look and those who want to incorporate rustic warmth into a modern boho-inspired space.

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The Look: Mid-Century Boho

If you gravitate toward a more youthful and trendy take on bohemian design, you probably want to check out Mid-Century Boho. It takes all the best of Mid-Century design—the clean-lined furniture, the organic forms, and the focus on functionality—but with a very boho twist, thanks to the use of natural materials, colorful patterns, and textures. It’s a casual style that has a playful sensibility while still feeling intentional and pulled together.

Mid-Century Boho is perfect for…

Those who want a more family-friendly and relaxed take on boho. Also: Millennials. (After all, this style makes for some killer Instagram pics…)

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What Is Boho Style: 8 Ways To Ace The Boho-Chic Look

What is boho style? Believe it or not, it’s a question we get asked more often than you think. It’s not surprising since this look is made up of a mix of many different style furnishings and decor.

In short, bohemian style is the colorful global look that brings to mind the home of the world traveler and the flea market lover. There’s a lively mix of colors, patterns, furniture styles, asymmetrical layouts, and unexpected decorative touches. In many ways, it’s a blend of eclectic interior design elements, organic note, and bright doses of glamour. Case in point: This plant-filled and pattern-packed boho-chic living room.

For some inspiration and guidance, we’ve rounded up a range of living spaces, from vibrant to subdued, that play up the boho look. Come along as we break down each space and show you how to blend different decor elements to master the boho look at home.

what is boho styleMinimalist Boho

Contrary to what you might think, boho interior design can be subtle. Here, minimalism meets boho in its mix of clean lines, calming neutral hues, natural textures, and warm woods.

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How To Get The Look:

Soft color scheme of mostly shades of white and cream. Warmed-up honey tones and natural wood accents. Lots of layers and textures that give a boho nod, like a fringed rug over a jute rug, a woven basket with a pouf, and linen pillows.

Perfect for… those who are all for the casual look and feel of boho without the bright colors.

Rustic Boho

With its combination of furniture pieces that have vintage flair, global accents, and light rustic elements, this is bohemian style with an elevated twist.

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How To Get The Look:

Rustic color palette of tans, rusty reds, browns, and creamy whites. Boho decor finds, such as a Moroccan side table, a salvaged bench, and a colorful hanging tapestry along with bright patterned pillows. Tall leafy plants and graphic desert art.

Perfect for… you if your favorite places to shop are flea markets and antique stores, and you have that special gift for turning a street find into an amazing one-of-a-kind piece.

Contemporary Boho

This relaxed and modern boho look is the least formal and all about breaking the rules of traditional interior design. It’s also the easiest look to mix, match, and make work in your home.

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How To Get The Look:

Think earth tones with global flair, like coral, burnished orange, and indigo. Comfort first means a livable sofa or sectional and a colorful soft rug. Decorative accents, such as embroidered pillows, wall baskets, and carved tables, define the atmosphere.

Perfect for… those of you who are drawn to lived-in spaces that are big on comfort. This is a look that can be easily translated into other spaces in the home, whether it’s a boho chic dining space or an eclectic bedroom.

Boho Glam

Boldly layered with a mix of luxe furnishings, eccentric art and accents, and bright island colors and patterns, this boho glam look is all about making a bright, daring statement in a space.

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How To Get The Look:

Jewel tones against white walls is the backbone of this look. Luxe furnishings, like green velvet chairs, a brass leaf side table, and a sputnik-style pendant light, lend a retro vibe that defines any bohemian living room. Play up rattan, plants, and quirky prints.

Perfect for… those of you who want your room to reflect your spirited personality, great eye for style, and collection of treasures from around the world. You’re wild for drama and excitement!

what is boho styleMid-Century Boho

With this modern boho look, it comes down to a space that showcases your personality and individual taste. Mix pieces from different periods and cultures in a unique way that reflects you.

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How To Get The Look:

Mid-Century Modern forms, such as clean-lined sofas, slender cane chairs, and a rattan pouf. Layered patterns that include boho dots, kilim designs, and traditional rug motifs. Nature-inspired art, from desert landscapes to ephemera.

Perfect for… anyone who appreciates Mid-Century Modern elements and a mix of cool curated art and accents. The result is an eclectic living room that’s boho chic and tailored for comfort.

Coastal Boho

Known as California casual, this laid-back take on boho style captures the breezy and eclectic aesthetic of West Coast coastal homes. Talk about a great mix of color, pattern and texture.

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How To Get The Look:

Blue and white reigns supreme as a color palette that’s easy to dress up or down as needed. Decorating with natural materials is key to nailing this look, be it a woven ottoman table, driftwood tables, or wood-and-leather sling chairs. Consider pairs of everything.

Perfect for… fans of the coastal California boho chic look. You know what we’re talking about.

what is boho styleIndustrial Boho

Contemporary and sophisticated, this sleek approach to boho brings to mind a living space in a city loft or a fancy high-rise condo. Unique furnishings and strong lines are key to this look.

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How To Get The Look:

Elegant furnishings combined with vintage and repurposed furnishings. Bold leather pieces, like a cozy streamlined sofa, and wood nesting tables that lend polished boho flair. Industrial lighting, accents, and art in high-contrast black-and-white tones.

Perfect for… city dwellers and contemporary design lovers who want to balance bohemian style with a refined touch.

Classic Formal Boho

Simply put, this captures our idea of elegant bohemian style. There’s an Old World vibe that’s punched up with modern upholstered furnishings and eclectic accents. What’s not to love?

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How To Get The Look:

Mix found objects and stately antiques with whimsical textiles and accent pieces. A vintage rug with trad colors that adds tons of warmth. Eye-catching foundation pieces, be it crisp white sofas, plush leather armchairs, or a carved coffee table.

Perfect for… those who are enthralled by antiques and found pieces that have a great backstory but also love the color and ease that boho finishing touches bring to a space.

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Tour this Home Designed in Decadent Bohemian Elegance

bohemian designWhen you think of boho style, you generally think of rooms full of bright colors, bold textiles, and tons of greenery. There’s probably also designs with Spanish influences and organic touches.

You’ll still find all of those elements inside this home designed in Bohemian Elegance. Except rather than taking center stage, they’re much more subdued. That means landscape art in black and white, plants in white ceramics, traditional rugs with global textiles, and clean-lined furniture with rustic-organic pieces.

It might all sound a tad formal, but the rooms are far from that. While Bohemian Elegance has a pared-down, curated feel, it also has the openness and free-spirited ease of boho-style homes.

Still not sure how that all plays out? Read on to peek inside a home our designers dreamed up that captures this idea of Bohemian Elegance—which we’re seeing as a trend that’s on the rise. And don’t miss our tips for bringing the look into your spaces.

The Entryway

From the moment you step into our Bohemian Elegance home, you’re in an entry that showcases a lesson in curation and sets the tone for the rest of the space.

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The Key Elements:

Make subtle nods to nature. It’s about minimal styling and finishing touches that bring the outdoors in. Think black-and-white landscape art and greenery and plants arranged in smooth, white ceramics.

Add boho details. Go for interesting boho elements, like the apogee arch shape of the floor mirror here and the kilim rug in muted desert hues. They’ll complement your natural accents while keeping the overall minimal vibe.

Play with color and contrast. Mix black and white with hushed colors for a palette that balances boho and contemporary. It’s a discerning approach that demonstrates how you can add high impact through restraint.

boho decorThe Living Room

When it comes to the main living area, it’s all about combining eclectic style with rustic elements. There’s a mix of warm materials and mid-century designs, layers of soft global colors and patterns, and it’s all symmetrically laid out. The result is a boho vibe that’s carefully curated.

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The Key Elements:

Mix materials and shapes. Bohemian Elegance is about the eclectic materials and textures combined with classic, clean-lined designs. It’s what creates the signature dynamic and layered look. Think a mid-century chair with tan leather and a crisp sofa piled with colorful boho pillows.

Pattern up in earth tones. Aim for a neutral but warm color palette, so go big with earth tones. Warm leather and wood tones will pop next to patterns in indigo, rusty red, and inky grays. Try anchoring your room with a vintage distressed rug that has a large-scale pattern in desert hues.

Organize with symmetry. There’s an unexpected approach to styling in boho spaces. This gets even more structured with the Bohemian Elegance look. Lean into symmetry with two facing mid-century sofas and a pair of matching leather chairs. They’ll provide a streamlined base that lets you layer in boho accents and colors without it all looking haphazard.

bohemian eleganceThe Corner Nook

Every home needs a corner spotlight that succinctly showcases the style of your home, be it a reading nook, a gallery wall, or a comfy resting spot off to the side of your living room.

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The Key Elements:

Add a statement piece. An anchor piece is always a good idea when you’re trying to bring focus to a corner. Consider a light-wood bench when you’re going for an elegant bohemian design. It will captivate and tie in the style of the home nicely—especially when it’s piled with fun graphic pillows.

Get eclectic with vertical space. It’s easy to go heavy on the floor and furniture accents and forget about the walls. Fill out your space with a tall plant and an art piece that feels unexpected but ties in the nature theme, as in this tiger print.

Play up an open vibe. Minimal styling is the surefire way to set off a corner area without it taking away from your overall living space. Go with a softer palette of neutrals and keep your accents bold but airy, like a bench that has an open-base design.

eclectic style dining roomThe Dining Room

In case you missed it, we recently called out the rise of the Minimalist-Maximalist trend. Bohemian Elegance plays with elements of that trend also, as in this dining space that combines bold wood and metal designs with simple silhouettes.

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The Key Elements:

Show off natural textures. There’s no better place to let textures shine, like the wood grain table, the woven chairs, and the polished-metal cabinet and pendant here. The key is making sure to balance them so no one element outplays another. You can do that by pulling in designs with these materials that also have bold shapes.

Get linear and sculptural. Boho style favors sinuous shapes and eye-catching art and colors. Here, they’re pared-down without losing any of the boho-style charms. Lean into abstract linework art and clean-lined chairs instead to play up that casual mix of fun forms.

Keep it lightly accented. With so much texture and strong shapes, it’s easy to overwhelm a space so make sure to only pull in only accents that add a bold note. And keep them minimal for an open, relaxed vibe in your living room. It’s about being high-impact and approachable.

boho bedroom decorThe Bedroom

Playful meets polished in the bedroom, where relaxed and eclectic furnishings and accents come together. It’s an unusual mix that includes a tailored bed and midcentury-style pendant, boho pillows and rug with a classic bench. It all adds up to a bohemian design that’s elegant and charming.

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The Key Elements:

Layer up with eclectic comfort. Mismatched frames, piles of patterned pillows, a large vase for the floor… It’s all about combining quintessential boho design elements with classic pieces that are big on comfort. Just be sure to keep your palette consistent with the rest of your home.

Pull in a captivating light. The best way to bring the mid-century vibe into the bedroom is to add a sputnik chandelier. This gives off a light and airy feel and looks like a dandelion puff—which is just oh-so-perfectly boho!

Embrace light and dark. Finally, with bedroom furnishings, it’s about balancing formal and relaxed pieces, foundations that are big on comfort and accents with personality. Contrast traditional nightstands and a formal bed or bench with a punchy rug and eclectic art, all of which will play up the eye-catching effect.

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