How to Add Boho Vibe to Your Living Room

Boho design is making a comeback. In this post, we look at how to add a touch of Bohemian flair to your living room decor.

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Boho living room | Photo by brizmaker / Shutterstock

Boho design is all about unique, relaxed and comfortable interiors. This eccentric and easygoing style is a popular look in everything from home decor to fashion. It's a style that celebrates different cultures, natural materials and eclectic mixes of patterns and textures.

This free-spirited decor is best suited for people who love an unconventional lifestyle and like to express their personalities. In this post, we look at how to add a touch of Bohemian flair to your living room decor.

What is Boho design?

Boho, or Bohemian style, is inspired by the artistic culture of 19th-century Paris. Influenced by artists, painters, writers and travelers, the Bohemian style is associated with a nomadic lifestyle, eclectic design and lack of rigid structure. During the 1960s and 70s, the easy-going hippy culture further popularized this style in America.

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Organic materials and natural textiles | brizmaker/Shutterstock

Boho is all about creating a space that feels warm, inviting and full of personality. It's often inspired by art, nature and creativity, with organic materials and earthy colors playing a central role. It often features elements of other cultures and different time periods. You can scale it down or make it as eccentric as you like. There are no set rules, and everything goes.

What are the elements of Bohemian decor?

Boho interiors typically have a relaxed vibe and a creative flair. They are characterized by different patterns, natural materials, vibrant colors, textures and mismatched pieces. Think furniture and decor with distressed finishes with plenty of pillows, blankets, layers of rugs and fabrics. Global influences are also key to Boho design. You might see Moroccan rugs, Turkish towels, or Indian block print fabrics in a Boho space with mismatched pieces and one-of-a-kind items.

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Handmade crafts and earthy tones | brizmaker/Shutterstock

Add throw pillows and blankets

Boho design is great for anyone who wants a style that reflects their personality. One way to add a Boho touch to your home is by using throw pillows and blankets to create an inviting and colorful space. Look for pillow covers with Boho-inspired prints, such as mosaics or geometric shapes, or pair them with solid-colored blankets in natural fibers like wool or cotton. Look for textured fabrics in vivid hues and patterns.

You can also mix and match colors and patterns to create a more artsy feel. Anything goes when it comes to this style. Choose neutral whites or tan colors with more intense colors and hues added in. Add in quilts, dyed textiles and silks to create texture and depth. Another way to add color is with wallpaper or fabric wall hangings. Boho-inspired designs often feature intricate patterns and warm earth tones.

Use lots of plants and flowers

Boho homes are often filled with greenery. One of the simplest ways to achieve this look is by incorporating plants and flowers. Not only do they add color and life to a space, but they also help to purify the air and create a calming atmosphere. If you're unsure where to start, try placing a few potted plants around the room or hanging some fresh flowers from the ceiling.

Potted plants are an easy way to add a touch of Boho style to any room, and they can also help to purify the air and boost your mood. Flowers are another great way to bring a touch of Boho chic to your home. Whether you choose colorful blooms or wildflowers, adding a few vases of flowers around your home will help to create the perfect Boho vibe.

Hang textiles or tapestries on the walls

You can also incorporate Boho elements into your decor by hanging textiles, tapestries or rugs on the walls or using Boho-inspired wall art. It's a great way to add warmth and create inviting interiors. It's also a great way to repurpose and give a new life to old pieces - burlap, carpets and macrame are great options.

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Add macrame for a Boho vibe | Followtheflow/Shutterstock

Best of all, these items are easy to find and relatively inexpensive. So whether you're looking for something antique or modern, there's sure to be a textile or tapestry that fits your Boho-inspired vision.

Display art and travel souvenirs

Boho design is about creating spaces full of personality. You can achieve this by incorporating art, artifacts and travel souvenirs into your decor. Whether it’s a set of vintage plates displayed on an open shelf or a colorful poster hung on the wall, these pieces can help to tell a story and add visual interest to your space.

Boho style is also about mixing and matching different natural textures, patterns and colors, so don’t be afraid to mix things up. Momentos collected during travel, flea market treasures, and second-hand finds are a great addition to any Boho home. There is no such thing as too much, so don’t be afraid to use as many vintage elements as you like.

Use natural materials

Boho interiors often incorporate elements from nature, such as wood, stone and rattan. Use natural materials like hemp, jute, cotton and silk to create an inviting and serene atmosphere. It’s a clever way to add a touch of nature to your home and create an inviting atmosphere.

When it comes to furniture, look for unique pieces with an organic feel. Wicker and rattan are popular for Boho interiors, as they add texture and visual interest. Look for vintage furniture pieces at flea markets and second-hand stores.

Creativity and fun are what make Boho such a popular style. It’s a design you can do on any budget, and since there are no strict rules, it allows you to add as much of your personality as you want. Make it a style that’s truly you.

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