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The unique charm of Bohemian Interior Design

(5 min read) From Jhene Aiko’s flowy outfits and Irene Neuwirth’s glorious chic nomadic home to that new knitted stool you keep checking out at IKEA, bohemian interior design is always on the rise of popularity. Its relaxed and playful aesthetic is what makes it a true wild child of interior design.

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Boho living room in all its glory.

Bohemian Interior Design is probably one of the easiest styles to distinguish. Boho sports a unique use of color, texture, and patterns, in a way that makes a slight nod towards tribal craftsmanship and vagabond estheticism at the same time. Eclectic and appealing to all of the free spirits that opt to delve into interior design, Bohemian style gives endless possibilities for personalization.

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Stunning Bohemian living room in darker hues. Source Boho Oasis.

One of the main things you should keep in mind when trying to achieve the Bohemian chic in your home is that it is a completely unruly style, to begin with. However, that doesn’t mean that it has no guidelines at all, but that it is simply more random and colorful than the rest. Here are the five guidelines to follow when going for a Bohemian home interior look.

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Colorful Boho dining area.

1. Fewer shapes, more layering

It’s all about choosing combos and creating layers with Bohemian Interior. This is where the true maximalist nature of the Boho style is at its most noticeable. Unapologetically mixing textiles, finishes, and accents are welcomed, as well as adding handmade creative items, such as macrame, kilims, and African baskets. To those of you that are well versed in interior design trends, this probably sounds similar to eclectic style, and it certainly is. However, what makes this type of layering lean into Bohemian rather than eclectic is intentional and deliberate layering.

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Boho layering done right. Design by Coohom.

2. Go wild with the colors

The main rule of color coordinating with Boho is — don’t be shy! From a variety of neutrals to a wide palette of vibrant jewels tones, anything will work like a charm. If you are a fan of saturated colors and bold patterns, Bohemian Interior will give you all the freedom you need. From dark, deep hues, like ruby red and amethyst purple, to bright and sunny orange and pasture green, Boho is a perfect canvas for all of them. If you are not too crazy about strong colors, interesting patterns are the way to go. Your white walls don’t mean that you have to give up on Boho. You can do enough with throws, wall hangings, and pillows. Splashes of colors and oriental patterns will do miracles with making your interior as Boho as possible.

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Boho for the fans of saturated colors. Image Credits: Houzz.jp

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Boho for the fans of gentle neutrals. Bohemian living room design by Decorilla.

3. Fixture finishes can be focal points too

Bohemian goes hand in hand with vintage, so don’t change your brass kitchen sink fixtures for those shiny new steel ones. Needless to say, anything with gold, silver, and brass finish is the way to go with Boho. Kitchen, bathroom, and lighting fixtures, lamps, frames, and metal artwork, just make it look vintage and you’re set. One of my personal favorites is also an often-used finish in Boho interiors — iron. Iron can look very sturdy and “serious” on its own, but when combined with playfulness and lush layers of Bohemian Interior, it becomes the perfect accent. The trick with finishes in Boho style is that they need to look like they have history, and once you’ve figured that out you’re on your merry way to Bohovill!

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Iron and brass finish combination in a gorgeous living room. Design by World of Pictures.

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The mix of gold and iron finishes. Design by carleysummers.com.


4. Handmade and natural

Bohemian style interior originally started in the 19th century in France and it was inspired by artists, performers, writers, and nomads who valued creativity and talent more than money. That is why unique creations and handmade items crafted from natural materials are one of the main traits of the Bohemian design style to date. Buying handmade décor from small entrepreneurs will also help support your local economy and sustainability in general. So go for hand-woven trinkets, knitted boho pillows, wicker chairs, baskets, etc.

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Handmade wicker items and kilims are all the rage when it comes to boho chic. Design by Kelly Wearstler.

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Creativity and nature are the perfect fit when it comes to achieving Bohemian Interior. Design by hometipsor.


5. B in bohemian stands for Botanical

If you don’t have any greenery or shrubbery in your home, the Bohemian style you are going for will undoubtedly fall a little flat. A key element to achieving Boho is to bring the natural world indoors and the best way to do that is through plants. Go for sculptural succulents, easy-maintenance snake plants, purifying dracaenas, or cascading spider plants. You truly can do no wrong when it comes to adding plants to your Bohemian home.

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Boho botanical heaven indoors!

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Strategically placed plants work with Boho too. Photo: The New Bohemian’s Handbook.

Now that you know some of the guidelines for Bohemian Interior Design, you are ready for a more in-depth look at the artwork that goes with it. Keep an eye on our blog posts to find how to perfectly incorporate your favorite mosaic artwork and make your Boho interior look even better.

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57 Comments

  1. Joyce K.
    March 3, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    These provided such great tips for interior design. Just love the visual images as well!!

  2. Angela
    March 3, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    I love the way the art ties everything together in the rooms, looks so nice

  3. Eileen M Loya
    March 3, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    It sure is a nice idea when considering a unique interior design for the home. I would love to have our bedroom designed like that. Will be discussing this with my husband.

  4. Heather
    March 3, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    I seriously love all things boho. I wish I could decorate my entire home in that style!

  5. Ramil Hinolan
    March 4, 2022 at 1:38 am

    I like bohemian designs. It is colorful and my outgoing personality goes with it. If I will renovate, I might go into this theme.

  6. Indrani
    March 4, 2022 at 7:59 am

    I love wiker items and those plants add to charm of the rooms. Love your tips and ideas. The pictures have turned out so well.

  7. Catherine
    March 4, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve always love the Bohemian style..its warm and cozy. I used to definitely have more of a Bohemian style when I was younger but it was easier when the kids were younger and having a strict organized space wasn’t an option lol!

  8. Jasmine Martin
    March 5, 2022 at 12:32 am

    I am a huge fan of bohemian interior design. I absolutely love it because it’s so unique and can give a home so much personality.

  9. Sel M
    March 5, 2022 at 2:00 am

    I love Boho designs! It’s chic and really makes the place look more charming.

  10. Ramil Hinolan
    March 5, 2022 at 4:41 am

    Super like the play of colors. I hope I can redecorate our room looking like one of the pics.

  11. Jupiter Hadley
    March 5, 2022 at 6:18 am

    Along with what you have mentioned, I really like the mix of textures and materials when it comes to bohemian style! Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. Rhian Westbury
    March 5, 2022 at 6:18 am

    I love bohemian decor, but I just don’t think it’s right for me in my house. I love the idea of having loads of colour but it scares me a little x

  13. Risa Lopez
    March 5, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Thank you for sharing such wonderful design ideas. Got some ideas for our little house. I love bohemian style.

  14. Rosey
    March 5, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    Plants are the perfect pick me up for any place. I agree, fully that they add to a boho environment for sure.

  15. Leana
    March 6, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    I do love the charm of the Bohemian colours and often go shopping to get a few items to fill my wardrobe but have not considered extending this to interior designs, so it is lovely to see how I can do this

  16. Paula Richie
    March 6, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    I really like these stunning Bohemian living rooms in the photos. But the Bohemian chic is not really our personal taste–too unruly I suppose.

  17. Ramil Hinolan
    March 6, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    The perfect theme is the Boho botanical heaven indoors. I like plants because of the positivity it brings.

  18. Catherine
    March 6, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    I’ve always loved bohemian decor. Love these spaces as sources of inspo…the different colors really bring the space to life!

  19. Aarika
    March 6, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Boho design is my favorite!! I love macrame and plants and everything boho! This article was so fun to read and gave me some great ideas for design. Thank you!

  20. Michael
    March 6, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    the fewer shapes, more layering was interesting. its like a mysterous theme that works. wow

  21. Kat
    March 6, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    i love the Iron and brass finish combination. the warm undertone creates intrigue and the illusion of texture.

  22. Tiffany S
    March 7, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Such a great article. I am an avid fan of Boho interior design and appreciate your take on it!

  23. Sarah Stockley
    March 7, 2022 at 3:25 am

    This is so my style, I love boho designs. My living room is full of throws, macrame and lots of trinkets.

  24. Angela Williams
    March 7, 2022 at 7:25 am

    This type of interior design seems so rustic but modern at the same time.

  25. Ramil Hinolan
    March 7, 2022 at 8:57 am

    I like the design of Kelly Wearstler. There’s a rustic and homey feel to it.

  26. CW T.
    March 7, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Bohemian style is a truly unique, colorful and inspiriting.

  27. Risa Lopez
    March 7, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    The bohemian style looks so classy and modern. I am also a fan of boho, I have some stuff at home. Thanks for the ideas.

  28. Kelly Bolen
    March 7, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    I love bohemian decor! The colors and casual feel is wonderful!

  29. Laura Schwormstedt
    March 7, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    I love the bohemian interior look and would love more of that vibe in my own home

    Laura x

  30. P. R
    March 7, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    This is really a cool design, will really try it out.

  31. Celly W.
    March 7, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    It’s a gorgeous way to decorate. Bright colors, amazing decor items.

  32. Lyosha
    March 8, 2022 at 1:11 am

    I love spending time in boho houses, my bestie has one. It is so relaxing and recharging, too bad I also get tired of the colors and details after several hours so I know it is not made for my own living space. Thanks for posting these options, so very inspiring!

  33. Melanie williams
    March 8, 2022 at 8:50 am

    bohemian decor is very on trend and it creates a cool and chilled look. Will be using a few ideas from here for my new bedroom x

  34. Heather
    March 8, 2022 at 9:35 am

    I’m a sucker for a boho style home. I absolutely love everything about the look.

  35. Luna S
    March 8, 2022 at 10:33 am

    I love the added mixture of plants into most of these rooms, there is a lot of fun decor and furniture to go with this theme!

  36. Risa Lopez
    March 8, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    I am a fan of boho style and designs. Those photos are all beautiful. I got some ideas on our interior design.

  37. Riv
    March 8, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    I love boho design for anything, but more for the home. Thank you for the inspiring content!

  38. Sef
    March 8, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    I am seeing so much Bohemian style inspiration on your blog and saving them for when I do my renovation as the colours and patterns work really well

  39. Pedro
    March 8, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Although not for everybody, I love Bohemian interior design.
    It’s bright, modern, relaxed and playful aesthetic oozes pure class. Not surprised it is on the rise of popularity.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  40. Lavanda Michelle
    March 9, 2022 at 4:17 am

    Bohemian interior design reminds me of college. My college apartment had a Bohemian interior design and so was my fashion, lol. I love it! I will add some natural Bohemian interior design to my home as a throwback.

  41. Ramil Hinolan
    March 9, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Boho theme design are beginning to be the in thing nowadays. Looking forward to adapting one of the designs here for a room renovation.

  42. Sami
    March 9, 2022 at 10:09 am

    I love the Boho theme. The design seems more personal and more intimate, I think. I love the layers that are featured in the pictures.

  43. Emily Davis
    March 9, 2022 at 11:06 am

    I think that think that draws me to the bohemian design is all of the greenery and plants!

  44. Risa Lopez
    March 9, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    I saw some interesting boho styles in your photos. I will try to find them here in our country. I love all those interior designs!

  45. Rachel Loza
    March 9, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the bohemian chic design style. I’m desperately trying to achieve it.

  46. Paula Richie
    March 9, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    I like the boho style for others but not for me personally.

  47. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    March 9, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    I absolutely love the design and those are some great points to keep in mind.

  48. Zaz
    March 10, 2022 at 10:14 am

    I love my bohemian outfits, so am sure I’d love Bohemian decor as well 😍 Love these designs ❤️

  49. Yanitza
    March 10, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    I love the bohemian designs! Layers and bold colors really do give it a lot of personality and uniqueness.

  50. Marjie Mare
    March 10, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    I think all these styles will suit me so well. I might decorate my sunroom like the boho oasis you shared.

  51. dorry lyn
    March 10, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    i love the boho look, it’s so relaxing

  52. Mrs Enero
    March 11, 2022 at 3:52 am

    I’m inlove with Bohemian interiors. It really looks the room classy and cozy at the same time.

  53. Risa Lopez
    March 14, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    I love its unique and elegant outcome, got some on our living room.

  54. Lily Lily
    March 15, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Every room is my style. I love this so much!

  55. Shae Turdy
    March 18, 2022 at 10:20 am

    My kind of home. I love it!

  56. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    April 7, 2022 at 11:02 am

    My mom has been buying any bohemian theme decors she can find. She discovered the beauty of it and now she has been having a great time finding items.

  57. Samantha Donnelly
    April 13, 2022 at 8:12 am

    I love the colours of these and how they can really change the feel to a room. They bring something different to normal art many of us have