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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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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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Tropical Boho – The New Take on Eclectic Style You Need to Try Now

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If you’re someone who has a relaxed, eclectic design sensibility, our latest trend obsession might be just the thing for you. Meet tropical boho! A style that’s full of life and mixes together different design styles and cultural influences to create a look that’s vibrant and totally unique.

There’s nothing minimal or subtle about this style. And that’s something we love about it. It’s loud. It’s not afraid of color, texture, or mixing things together. And it’s perfect for the creative, the free spirit, and the maximalist. While there are some guiding principles to achieving this look, one of our favorite parts is how much you can personalize it and truly make it your own.

Want to get this look? To help, we tasked our design team with putting together a living and dining room that embraces this design style and can help you get the look in your own home!

Tropical bohoMake It All About Color

When it comes to tropical boho style, color is key. Embrace bold colors – and not just in accent pieces, but in furniture and even on your walls! This eclectic style comes to life through saturated, deep colors of all kinds. We recommend sticking to a single color or a limited palette to keep your room from feeling too over-the-top.

To keep with the tropical vibe in our space, we chose a palette reminiscent of a tropical jungle. Even though they’re loud, these cool tones feel more sophisticated and calming than a room full of warm colors. And because eclectic style isn’t afraid to be bold, we went all-in with a teal coat of paint on the walls to create a decadent backdrop that makes the furniture and artwork pop.

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Major in Patterns + Textures

This look isn’t overly contrived or coordinated. With that in mind, we say pile on the patterns and textures and don’t look back!

For a truly boho look, mix textures and materials, like velvet, leather, and natural materials. This is also your opportunity to play with different styles of furniture. Pair a modern coffee table, a traditional chair, and mid-century sofa all together in the same room. At first glance you might not think these pieces go together, but the beauty of boho style is that all rules are off – just about anything goes.

Finish it off by accenting your sofa and chairs with vibrant throw pillows featuring textured weaves, embroidery, and colored tassels. These layers of patterns and textures give clean-lined foundations a more dynamic look.

Tropical bohoMix in Organic Elements

Be it in shape, material, or color, organic is the name of the game in tropical boho style. Round, curved forms always feel at home here and the more inspiration you can draw from the natural world, the better.

We also like using natural materials that off-set the busyness of this style and give it a more low-key, down-to-earth feeling. Rattan is a perfect way to accent the boho look, and we especially love seeing it in light fixtures, chairs, and even an angular credenza. We love the driftwood-framed mirror for another natural element, and we used woven baskets throughout the rooms, for easy organization.

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Tropical bohoHave a Plant Palooza

And this style wouldn’t be complete without plants galore! Greenery adds more color and texture to your space – not to mention higher air quality. Don’t be afraid to mix several big, bold plants throughout each room, and accent side tables, buffets, and centerpieces with smaller bits of greenery. And don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb – there are plenty of artificial plants out there that look real but require no maintenance!

This blend of organic elements is also why we stuck to a color palette of greens and teals, which perfectly complement natural textures and organic shapes.

Tropical bohoFinish the Look With Vintage + Quirky Accessories

Eclectic style is one that embraces quirkiness. Look for found objects and accessories that add life and personality to your space.

Don’t be afraid of oddball artwork or accessories with a point of view! Tiger rugs (designed by our favorite eclectic style icon and creator of the Jungalow look, Justina Blakely, as part of her collection for Loloi). Embroidered floor poufs. Vintage brass animals. Woven wall hangings. And whatever else you’re drawn to. Just follow your instincts and make the space your own!

 

The great thing about this style is you can flex it up or down to suit your tastes. If just one of these daring design elements is enough for you, that’s great. If your design motto is “the bolder, the better” don’t be afraid to combine all of these ideas for a room that exudes life and energy.

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