Boho decor 101: the best bohemian style ideas
What is boho style decor? Here's everything you need to know about the eclectic interior aesthetic
If you’re a lover of carefree, eclectic and relaxed interiors, you can’t go wrong with boho style.
The free-spirited look is just the ticket if you’re after a space that feels personal, homely and lived-in, and, thanks to its timeless but versatile nature, it’s just as effective at breathing new life into a period property as it is adding character to a stripped-back new-build.
Boho style is unconventional by definition, so to make things a bit easier for you, we’ve done some research into the iconic decor style and broken down some of its key features.
Keep reading to discover everything you know about boho-style interiors!
What is boho style décor?
The word ‘bohemian’ traditionally referred to someone who society considered unconventional, and this is a term that perfectly sums up the boho decor ethos.
Whereas most of the interior styles we’re familiar with today are all about achieving a very defined look, boho-style is more about surrounding yourself eclectic, comfortable furniture and layers of fringe, crochet and macrame.
Boho décor ideas
There really are no rules when it comes to boho décor, but if you’re thinking of embracing this free-spirited aesthetic in your own home, here are some things you might want to include:
Warm, earthy tones are a firm boho favourite thanks to their soothing and calming effect. As earth tones are quite literally rooted in nature, they’re great at bringing about the sense of relaxation that’s key to a boho scheme. Don’t be afraid to mix and match them with vivid bright colours, or evenw deep jewel tones for a more dramatic vibe.
If you prefer your rooms to feel open and airy, you might choose to paint your walls white before adding lashings of terracotta and putty with textured accessories.
Boho interiors are all about personality and character, so when you’re choosing the cushions for your scheme, don’t hold back. Whether you’re styling a bedroom, living room or even kitchen, the key is to combine cushions of as many sizes, colours and textures as possible to avoid creating a look that appears too carefully curated.
If you want to achieve a classic boho look without investing in a whole new set of cushions, try adding a few that have tassels or tufts to your existing collection. Cushions with woven geometric motifs are also great for adding to the eclectic boho feel, especially if they feature Santa Fe desert inspired tones.
One of the great things about creating a boho look is that when it comes to furniture, the more mismatched the better. Instead of opting for matching sets, fill your rooms with individual pieces that you love. Your space should feel characterful, lived-in and homely.
Anything with an artisanal look will be right at home in a boho room, especially pieces that feature rustic wood or faux leather finishes. Where you can, opt for low profile, relaxed pieces over structured and formal ones - they'll keep your space feeling cosy and inviting. Add a few floor cushions for good measure and your space will be good to go!
If there's one thing every boho scheme needs, it's rattan! Whether it's in the form of a headboard, room divider or a chic 70's style chair, cane furniture will instantly give your rooms a bohemian vibe.
If you don't want to buy new, you can often find vintage rattan furniture in charity shops, second-hand markets or online. To complete the look, make sure to style up your cane pieces with soft textures - woven cushions and throws work really well, as do faux fur rugs.
As boho schemes are all about comfort, it’s important to opt for furniture and accessories that have a grounding effect on a room. Rugs are brilliant at anchoring a space and creating different zones – you can even layer rugs of different sizes and textures to create even more of a boho impact.
In terms of rug styles, Berber rugs are particularly suited to a boho scheme, as are those with an Aztec inspired design, woven detailing, fringe or tassels.
Again, the best thing you can do with a boho inspired scheme is think outside the box, so don’t play it safe with rugs – you can layer your feature rug with smaller faux fur ones, or even hang them on the walls as an alternative tapestry.
Boho wall art
While framed prints and gallery walls always have their place in a decor scheme, the more texture you can add the better - think woven tapestries, macrame wall hangings, interesting plaques, or even a DIY flower wall.
Canopies are also great at ramping up the boho feel in a room, especially when they're made from interesting patterned fabric or floaty voile.
To finish the look and give your space a magical feel, don't forget to add fairy lights - intertwine them in the canopy fabric or choose fairy light curtains to create a relaxed feature wall.
Remember – an authentic, bohemian space is one that is personal to you, so don’t be afraid to fill it to the brim with trinkets from your travels and treasured possessions. If you have crystals, handmade items or ceramics, pop them on open shelving to create a relaxed display, and use seagrass baskets to store extra throws and cushions.
Houseplants are also an essential element of a boho scheme thanks to their wellness-enhancing qualities, and again, more really is more. When you’ve filled open floor space with plants, look up – hanging planters filled with trailing plants will be the perfect finish touch to your boho room.
Thea Jeffreys is the Digital Writer on YourHomeStyle.uk, and is passionate about all things home décor. When she’s not scouring the internet for budget-friendly homeware finds, you’ll find her writing about the latest interior trends and handy upcycling tricks.