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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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Style Spotlight: How To Transition Boho Style For Fall

With autumn in full swing, it’s time to make some fall decor updates in the home. Although, it can be challenging with bohemian style spaces, which are known for their summery tropical vibe and their mix of vibrant colors, bold patterns, layers of textures, and big leafy plants. It’s a popular look that’s hard to miss. But how do you make it work for fall?

Despite their sunny disposition, boho spaces are actually pretty easy to cozy up, whether it’s adding luxe textures to a modern bohemian living room or working in warmer colors in a boho dining space. For inspiration, we’ve rounded up our best tips for playing up a fall boho look in the home that’s as cozy as it is colorful. Find out more below!

If you love the bohemian interior design aesthetic but aren’t sure how to bring the look home, check out our breakdown of what is boho style for a primer on the bright, layered look. Then explore our gallery for more inspiring boho design ideas.

modern bohemian living roomAdd Cozy Boho Accents

You can turn any corner in a boho living room into an instant fall haven. A little modern bohemian styling with neutral and textural home decor is all you need.

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Ideas to Try:

Animal art. Black-and-white photos and evocative paintings with animals nod to nature and can warm up empty walls for fall by adding a bit of boho drama and intrigue.

Soft, fuzzy rug. A high-pile rug with extra tufting adds major comfort and cozy underfoot. One with a unique, eclectic design will blend seamlessly in any bohemian interior.

Earthy green notes. A sprinkling of sage green accents is a subtle way to bring autumn indoors. You can even decorate with fall bounties, like eucalyptus and purple pumpkins.

modern bohemian living roomMix In Luxe Textures

Whether it’s velvet or wool, lush textiles and heavier fabrics will take any boho living room from light and airy to totally cozy.

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Ideas to Try:

Shimmery velvet pillows. Work in a crushed-velvet pillow or two, which will lend rich texture and luxurious shine to a room. Velvet, in all forms, is always a plus for fall decorating.

Heavy drapery. Curtains are often overlooked in interior design, but they’re hands-down the most important fall update. Go with thicker wool (or velvet) drapery to keep out any cold crafts.

Whimsical woven touches. Because fall demands lots of textures, a few woven accents, like baskets or a rattan chair, will bring in an airy note and a modern bohemian lightness.

modern bohemian living roomGroup Bold Designs

Pieces that emphasize different shapes and motifs, both big and small, altogether make for a boho living room display that feels stylishly fall.

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Ideas to Try:

Colorful ephemeral art. Whether it’s a set of butterfly prints or a series of scientific drawings, art depicting ephemera has a way of inviting an Old World feeling that’s perfect for fall.

Patterned furniture. No modern bohemian interior is complete without a statement cabinet that’s boldly eye-catching. Pair it with ephemeral art and accents to give it a layered, warm look.

Small sculptural details. It’s often the little things that round out a room for fall. Try adding faux greenery to a textured vase and swapping in pom-pom pillows for seasonal finishing touches.

modern bohemian living roomPlay Up Natural Elements

A fireplace spruced up with botanicals and small boho accents is a simple way to usher in a feeling of fall and transform any hearth into a focal point with a modern bohemian look.

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Ideas to Try:

Lush fall greenery. Spreading botanicals, greenery, and orange stems across a fireplace is one of our best-kept fall mantel decor tips. Arrange it like a centerpiece on a table. Go big.

A macramé garland. An unexpected way to warm up a boho living room is with a textured conversation piece, like this macramé garland or a framed textile fragment, which make for perfect fireplace accents.

Vintage-style home decor. Mix antiqued accents, like wood candlesticks and old books, for a curated fall boho look. It’s one of our favorite fall decor ideas you can’t go wrong with.

modern bohemian living roomBring In Autumnal Notes

With a modern bohemian living room, all it takes are warm accents that nod to the colors, patterns, and textures of fall to make it a cold-weather-ready gathering spot.

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Ideas to Try:

Orange cushions. Shades of orange, from sunset to rusty terracotta, are fall hues that are perfect as throw pillows. They’ll bring a burst of autumnal style to any bohemian interior.

Seasonal geometric rug. If you’re not a fan of the soft fluffy white rug, a geometric natural-fiber or wool rug in a warm tone is a great alternative, as it adds warmth and sets an autumnal tone.

Patterns in faded hues. Try layering a boho living room with prints and motifs in earth tones throughout its interior design. It’s a subtle way to add chic visual interest while signaling fall.

modern bohemian living roomLayer In Pops Of Red

Whether it’s vermillion, crimson, or cherry, shades of red in small, stylish bursts will liven up any boho style space with a colorful fall vibe.

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Ideas to Try:

Neutral furniture. Instead of bright and sculptural furnishings found in modern bohemian interior design, pare down with pieces in natural tones and neutrals to allow accents in fall hues to take center stage.

A bright patterned rug. A classic bohemian design staple, a warm-colored rug with bright notes of red is an easy way to guarantee a fall look that’s at once light and eccentric.

Florals and fruits theme. For a whimsical boho approach to fall color and pattern, mix florals and fruits in autumnal colors as a theme. Try combining gourds, pears, and abstract flower motifs in shades of red.

modern bohemian living roomSpotlight Artisanal Decor

Handcrafted furniture and home decor often have a tropical boho look and exude a natural warmth that translates across all seasons in a bohemian interior. Just style them up for fall.

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Ideas to Try:

Bold-framed mirror. A sculptural mirror design makes for a bohemian decor staple that’s chic throughout all seasons. In the fall, position a round mirror where it can reflect the autumn light.

Antiqued cabinet. An intricate hand-carved console cabinet has perennial appeal in a modern bohemian living room. Pair it with other handmade accents to play up its warmth during fall.

Various textured vessels. Focus on earthy materials when styling handcrafted furniture. Think a wooden bowl, a ribbed ceramic vase, or a natural-fiber basket, all of which add an artisanal feel.

modern bohemian living roomGo For Jewel Tones

A tried-and-true color palette for fall, jewel tones are often also found in the modern bohemian living room and can easily be elevated with fall textures.

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Ideas to Try:

Plush and printed pillows. From amber and amethyst to emerald and topaz, piling on patterned, jewel-toned pillows is the easiest way to elevate a boho living room with a luxurious fall look.

A colorful sofa. Take jewel-tone all the way with a statement sofa in a color that dazzles. It will add major comfort and a bold look, which you can easily balance out with a neutral rug.

Layer up with rugs. Cozy up for the season by pairing soft and durable rugs. A Moroccan rug is a staple in bohemian design and ideal in the fall. Ground it with a natural-fiber for a bold pairing that lends tons of warmth.

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Boho Bonanza: 18 Different Ways to Bring This Carefree Style to Life

Choosing a decor style for the different rooms in your house is one of the most exciting parts of interior design! If you want a look that’s full of life, culture and eclectic items from all over the world, Bohemian interior design might be just the right style for you!

Wondering what is boho style? Check out our breakdown of this design style and the essential elements to get the look!

But for the quick take… Bohemian styling, or boho style, is a design aesthetic that goes against the grain of modern sensibilities. This look embraces carefree, eclectic colors and patterns and combines objects and decor from all over the world! Boho styling is perfect for anyone who loves an unusual look—writers, artists and travelers will definitely appreciate Boho interiors. And there are so many ways to approach this funky style.

If you like the sound of Bohemian interiors, check out some of our eclectic living room design tips to help you get this look in your home! Wondering which take on boho is right for you? Keep scrolling and get inspired by 18 different ways to bring boho style to life!

bohemian interior designBohemian Elegance

This living room is full of Boho design ideas that exhibit a classic formal style paired with a rustic influence. The way to get this elegant Boho look is to blend eclectic Bohemian patterns, like this vintage style rug, with more refined materials like the carved wood coffee table. The symmetry of the two leather chairs and two matching sofas helps maintain balance while the funky colors and patterns create a lived-in Bohemian style.

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bohemian interior designMinimalist Boho

Bohemian style is unconventional and eclectic, so pairing it with minimal stylings helps to tone down the look. This combo of minimal aesthetic and styling with a boho influence is perfect for those who love a calm and welcoming feel. A Boho room like this works best with a neutral and earthy color palette—the boho influence comes more from the rich tones and small decor items than a mix of vibrant patterns.

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bohemian interior designTransitional Boho

Transitional Boho is all about mixing simple transitional forms with Boho textures. It’s one of our favorite eclectic bedroom design tips that also works for living rooms or open spaces like this transitional entryway. Use a soft, earthy color on the walls and then add texture to the space on all levels. This room has a fringed rug, rattan stool, floral grass and a woven pendant light for maximum bohemian style!

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Jungle Boho

We are super into this tropical boho style room! It features extra bold and eclectic style with a tropical flair. The key here is to use rich, saturated jewel tones, like the velvet armchair and the luscious green walls. Then balance these out with natural material elements, like rattan, seagrass and natural wood. Top off the look with tons of natural greenery, like the large and luscious plants shown here!

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Tropical boho

This tropical-inspired bedroom is one of the most serene Bohemian style bedrooms we’ve seen. It combines the look of “Miami Style” and boho to make for a soft and calming bedroom setting. The focus here is on using pastels and organic patterns to help this style come to life.

Can you guess who inspired this boho space? Our favorite Golden Girl, Blanche Deveraux’s bedroom look was the inspiration behind it!

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Traditional Boho

For a more traditional Bohemian style, pair eclectic pieces with boho accents, like in this funky bedroom. This look uses antiques or vintage finds to bring in a strong eclectic feel. Then add Boho accents, like the patterned wall hangings and cowhide rug layered over a traditional rug, to add to the quirky naturalness.

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Rustic Boho

For a Boho aesthetic that’s both chic and cozy, pair eclectic pieces with a rustic influence. Using natural materials, and an earthy palette, you can tone down the glitz of boho styling without losing its signature mix-and-match look. Add pops of color for extra boho flair, but keep the large furniture pieces neutral to ground the room in solid tones.

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bohemian interior designScandi Boho

Some of the best Bohemian style living rooms feature an all-white color scheme as the base. This living room has a global Scandinavian influence, with white walls, natural and organic textures, and neutral furniture pieces. Boho spaces can be sparse on color—just make sure to add contrast with plenty of texture, like layered rugs, wood materials and woven textiles.

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Modern Boho

For a super cozy look, check out this Mid-Century Boho living room. It combines rustic boho with a modern influence—lots of Mid-Century Modern pieces, to be exact. To make this look work, keep furniture modern and add in boho accents, like the artwork, pugs and textiles. We especially love the colors of this funky coffee table!

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bohemian interior designKids Boho

Boho style can be child-friendly, too! This peachy keen bedroom is perfect for any little ones who love a bright pink bedroom. Make sure to use lots of vibrant colors and patterns, along with quirky touches, like the tassel-lined curtains, for a kid-friendly approach.

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bohemian interior designNeutral Boho

Neutral boho style is all about natural woods and nature inspired accents paired with soft textures. It’s a great style for baby and young kids spaces where you want a calming and serene color palette.

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bohemian interior designModern Boho

This tasteful bohemian living room features a mid-century influence with boho accents. It’s an mid-century modern space with a bold and eclectic color palette to give it that fabulous boho flair.

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bohemian interior designGlobal Boho

We love the global boho look of this eclectic entryway! It’s filled with plenty of global-inspired pieces along with layers of textures in similar color tones for a worldly look that’s still serene.

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Texturous Boho

This dining space captures the perfect balance of contemporary forms and minimal styling along with boho elements and materials. For this boho modern look, focus on form and material, like the rattan bucket seat, instead of over-accessorizing.

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bohemian interior designCoastal Boho

This rustic blue dining room features a warm and welcoming coastal influence with boho touches. Coastal design has a lot of natural materials already, so playing up the more casual aspect of this style can help it lean more bohemian.

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bohemian interior designBright Boho

This trendy rattan dining room mixes up eclectic and bold patterns with boho touches. Remember the Boho Motto: Don’t be afraid of patterns, go bold with them.

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bohemian interior designIndustrial Boho

Another look we love is mixing up Industrial style with eclectic elements for a Bohemian-inspired office! This workspace features a rich balance of natural, soft materials with more edgy items, like the industrial art, desk and stools.

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bohemian interior designChic and Charming Boho

This gorgeous green dining space features eclectic Bohemian style with a rustic influence. For this look blend textures in furniture, like the woven chairs and carved wooden credenza, to achieve the Boho feel.

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Icelandic Interiors: Bringing the Nordic Look to your Bedroom

Recently we’ve found ourselves daydreaming of taking a vacation to Iceland. We can’t stop obsessing over the land of majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls, and the fluffiest sheep and reindeer. And while Iceland’s outdoors are a marvel in and of themselves, their interiors are just as stunning.iceland_3

Images of bedrooms with clean lines, a modern Nordic edge, living rooms chalk full of natural materials and neutral color schemes fill our social media feeds and Pinterest boards. And since a trip to Iceland isn’t in the cards (yet) we decided to bring these interiors to us with our latest Icelandic Bedroom collection!

Here, simplicity is the name of the game while materials and color help create a space that feels both informal, welcoming, and elegantly designed. Read on to learn how to get the Icelandic bedroom look and shop the collection below!

How to Create the Icelandic Bedroom Look:

 

Build your base:

  • Capture the Icelandic aesthetic by opting for foundational pieces that feel both simple and hearty. We love the clean lines of Pottery Barn’s Farmhouse Canopy Bed frame especially paired with the simple, yet slightly eclectic shape of the Tanah Nightstand (Anthropologie).

 

iceland_5Create a neutral color scheme:

  • Essential to this bedroom is the connection to Iceland’s majestic landscape. Help foster this in your space by creating a neutral color palette inspired by Iceland’s scenery. We opted for an elegant collaboration of browns, greys, blacks, and creams like West Elm’s Colca Wool Rug.

 

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Go natural:

  • Bring the Icelandic terrain even more into your space by incorporating furniture and accessories made of natural materials. Raw woods, chunky knits, fluffy sheepskin pelts, and braided wool and jute are all great choices. We especially love the Emmerson Reclaimed Wood dressers (West Elm) and the Antler Pendant Light (CB2).

 

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Make it a room with a view:

  • Ok, easier said than done, but one of the most stunning parts of Iceland is the dramatic landscape! Since we can’t really bring Iceland to our windows, we opted for art that captures its beauty instead. We love the photographs by Robert and Tiffany Peterson from Artfully Walls, special shout out to Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier Field and The Black Church of Búðir!

All that’s left to do is grab a hot cup of coffee, a fluffy blanket, and maybe a cat and snuggle up and enjoy your Icelandic bedroom retreat! Staycation done right.

 

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