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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dream Home Tour: A Vibrant Take on Modern Desert Style

desert minimalA bit boho. A little modern. Even a touch rustic. There’s a cool new style that’s catching our eye in a big way and we’re calling it Desert Minimal. You may have caught glimpses of it in some of our recent summer designs, with its mix of warm desert tones, comfy clean-lined furnishings, and organic and natural accents. It’s the perfect blend of easy and eclectic that gives spaces a curated look as well as calming appeal.

Of course, we’ll be the first to admit that bringing together various design styles and all the right pieces can be tricky. What do you pair with organic-shaped side tables? Is there a good neutral color to bring in amid a sea of white and wood tones? How do you work in pops of patterns? We totally get it. So to help guide you along, our design team dreamed up this charming bungalow that showcases the desert minimal style and how it can all come together in a harmonious way.

Dive in and get our style tips as we break down the big and small design elements—from grouping organic shapes with sleeker furnishings to working in varying earthy hues throughout—for bringing the layered look home.

desert minimalMix In Organic Shapes

This is the foundation of the desert minimal look, so start here. You’ll want to nail down furnishings you love that have organic silhouettes, such as coffee and side tables with curvy bases, a cowhide rug, or a natural-leather sling chair.

Then, to balance the look, you’ll want to offset them with more modern pieces, like poufs, ottomans and sofas with soft rounded edges. Think of this approach to grouping furnishings as a warm and cool balance—for every organic element, like a leather butterfly chair, you’ll want to even it out with a clean-lined piece, like a mid-century inspired sofa.

The one exception? Lighting. You can go organic or modern here—think a textural fixture, like a fabric or rattan chandelier or try an ultra-modern armed pendant. The only requirement is that it should make a statement.

desert minimalThink Warm Neutrals

It’s not desert minimal if there isn’t a mix of earthy colors and natural tones. The key with this palette, however, is to keep to mostly warm neutrals—think nude and terracotta, mustard yellow and dusty pinks. These hues will immediately bring to mind the arid landscapes of the American southwest and sunsets on the horizon, giving the home a rustic vibe that still comes off as collected and chic.

Another great thing about this palette is that because there is such a rich layering of pretty earth tones, you can keep your walls relatively minimal with little to no styling or graphic art with white backdrops that recede into the background. They’ll actually stand out more on their neutral canvas.

desert minimalLet Natural Materials Shine

Choosing a few favorite designs made with natural materials is a great place to start with the desert minimal style. Since you want to keep the overall furniture look pretty minimal, pick pieces that really speak to you. The best part is that furnishings made with natural materials—think leather, cowhide, linens, raw wood, rattan, stone, and bone elements—will seamlessly play up the warm neutral palette in your space.

Even try mixing varying leather and wood tones, which is a stylish way to add bold visual texture throughout the space.

desert minimalGet Smart With Geometrics

Once you have your foundational pieces, layer in art and objects to bring the look to life. We love geometric patterns for the desert minimal style.

Don’t be afraid to add pattern to even your furniture, like this inlaid console. Just be sure to carry this design element through to your art and accents with graphic prints and decorative objects that have strong shapes.

The idea is to bring these bold pops of patterns, even tribal elements, into your space through smaller geometric details that add visual texture without compromising on the overall airy, minimal look.

desert minimalKeep it Light and Clean-Lined

What sets desert minimal apart from other spaces that feature a modern mix, is that this look is all about clean-lined furnishings that have a lighter, airier appeal. Think of it as mid-century meets relaxed, minimal design. Aim for pieces that have curvy silhouettes that play well with organic designs and light woods that pair easily with all the natural materials.

The key is to find streamlined pieces that have natural textures and shapes, like this dining room credenza with pretty wood graining and the dining table with a rounded top and legs. They help to balance out the organic pieces and smaller patterned accents, such as art, pillows, and decorative objects.

desert minimal trendMake For Minimal

Because there’s such a richness in the materials and shapes in the desert minimal look, keep styling to a minimum. Unlike boho or eclectic styles, desert minimal is all about artfully arranged surfaces that put emphasis on a few unique designs, such as hand-crafted artisanal pottery, a beautiful inlaid tray, or a lamp base with subtle detailing that comes off as bold texture.

Don’t feel the need to fill out your console surfaces and bookshelves; instead lean into a leaner, sparser look with meaningful pieces.

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