The bohemian style has become a popular home décor style. It’s warm and welcoming, personalized and adaptable, and even more important, it’s fun and creative.
The best thing about this style is that there are no rules. And the more of your own personality that shines through, the better. The more you let your creativity flow, the better.
So how do you go about decorating your own boho home? Below are some tips and guidelines.
Let’s dive right it.
A mixture of furniture is preferred with this style. By that, I mean that you can use a mix of contemporary pieces with classic pieces.
Furniture collected over time is preferred. Go to some second-hand or vintage stores. Or perhaps your grandparents are cleaning out their attic or storage unit. These are great places to find some rare gems.
You can mix the materials and colors/patterns of your furniture. For example, a dark, wooden coffee table, a green, textile sofa, a Moroccan leather pouf, and so on, is a nice combination.
Warm, earthy tones are quite common in the world of bohemian decoration. As are metallics.
However, any color goes with the bohemian style. The traditional way of looking at this style is that the more different colors you use, the better. The more unconventional and eclectic, the better.
If that seems overwhelming to you, though, you can start in a simple way by using a split triadic color scheme (which is basically choosing one color in the color wheel and the two colors that are adjacent to the chosen color's complement). This means that if you choose green as your color, the other two colors will be orange and violet/purple (which are adjacent to the complement color of red). You can then use these colors on your furniture, pillows, drapes and curtains, artwork, and more.
Combining and layering colors is what makes this style unique and interesting.
TEXTURES & PATTERNS
Mixing different textures and patterns is one of the fun things with the bomehian style. You can get really creative here by layering both different patterns as well as textures and materials.
This style is very worldly and borrows patterns from all across the globe. You can, for example, use Persian rugs, textiles with ikat dyeing from Asia or Africa, or Scottish tartans, to mention a few.
Common textures and materials in this style are:
Metallics such as brass, gold, and silver.
Materials like wood, wicker, wrought iron, and leather.
Fabrics like sisal, burlap, cotton, silk, linen, and velvet.
Mix and match however you want. You can, for example, mix the materials and colors/patterns of your pillows and put them on a sofa in front of each other. Another thing to think about when it comes to pillows is to mix the shapes. Mix square, rectangular, and round pillows in different sizes.
The same goes for throws/blankets. Mix colors and materials and lay them on a sofa, drape them over chairs, put them in an open basket to use when needed, and so on.
ARTWORK & DÉCOR
The bohemian style is the complete opposite of the minimalist style. Go as wild and crazy as you want with your décor and trinkets. Show off all the things you’ve collected on your travels.
And, just as with the other tips I’ve shared with you, mix and match your artwork and décor as much as you like. For artworks, you can use photographs, abstract art, rock band posters, fiber art, tapestries, sculptures, and so much more. Mix portraits and landscapes and porcelain sculptures and macramé wall decorations.
If you don’t want to fill your walls with all that artwork, you can put them on dressers, cabinets, side tables, bookshelves, or other places.
And don't forget the plants! The bohemian style is a free-spirited, nature-loving style. And so, it makes sense to bring nature into your home.
Any green plants will do. Succulents and monsteras are popular right now, but any greenery will do. Put some in windowsills, on the floor, on side tables, on pedestals in wood or metal, or hang them from the ceiling in home-made macramé plant hangers. The options are endless.
It's highly satisfying to make your own decorations for your home. It's not just fun to make, but it will also add something unique and personal to your space that you can be proud of.
You can do anything, really. Make your own abstract painting with the colors you love or create your own pillowcases or make a dresser or table look “old”. There are so many creative possibilities here.
I recommend that you make at least one thing yourself, even if it's just something small. You can always make more later on if you enjoyed it.
If you want DIY tips, tutorials, and inspiration, you can find that right here.
There you have it, my tips on how to nail the bohemian style in your home.