Updated: Feb 17, 2020
The Bohemian style is one with a long and interesting history behind it. A style that became
popularized in the 1960s, it gained the attention of those who chose to follow
unconventional paths and defy the cultural norms set in place. The free-thinking spirit of
these creatives were showcased in their fashion sense, which was inspired by the Romani
community in France, called bohemians at the time. Denoted by mixed and layered fabrics
and free flowing designs, bohemian style, also known as boho-chic, eventually evolved from
fashion into an interior style as the freedom of individual expression appealed to many. If
you’re interested in creating a bohemian style home, here are some of the key features to
incorporate to create a boho-chic interior that’s true to you:
One of the most defining features of bohemian style is its liberal use of patterns.
Patterned fabrics and furniture intermingle in bohemian interiors, with patterned
rugs, curtains, and even upholstery being used. Pattern mixing in the style doesn’t
follow any rules, allowing for creative freedom in mixing patterns and textures as
you see fit. However, if in doubt, you can opt for one or two bold patterns with the
rest being more muted. You can also never go wrong with mixing solids and
patterns, especially those in the same color families.
Colors used in the boho-chic style are mostly natural and earthy. Shades of reds,
browns and yellows dominate, with copper, bronze and gold finishes on metallics.
Bold reds and yellows are often seen mixed with blues and greens as well. An easy
way to lend a bohemian feel to even a minimalist space is to add throws and
cushions in these colors and patterns to the room.
Layering is yet another key characteristic of the style. Layered fabrics can be spotted
in most bohemian interiors and fashion. Introduce layering with cushions or rugs,
mixing in various patterns. You can also mix patterns with textured solids to create a
subtler layering. Use a predefined color palette for a more controlled approach to
If you love vintage items, you’re in luck, as bohemian style interiors are the perfect
place for vintage and antique items. Second hand furniture and pieces passed down
from generations can be sure to find a place here. Distressed furniture is also a great
addition to this style. If you have any unique items or pieces with a story, be sure to
bring it out. This is also a great opportunity to check out vintage fairs and markets
All things natural are well loved in this style. Furniture in wood, wicker and rattan are
widely used, as are fabrics like linen, cotton, wool and velvet. Comfort is an essential
part of this style, and fabrics and materials are often chosen for their ability to create
a comfortable and cozy space. Handmade items are favored here, so head up to local
artisans and craftspersons to find pieces you love. Artisan items show a more
personalized style, while also adding to the uniqueness of the decor.
Plants are the perfect addition to a boho style room and bring pops of green into the
design. Plants also bring in natural patterns and textures into the space, pairing well
with the theme. Bring in multiples to create a layered effect or add just one as the
main focus. Look into patterned and textured pots and holders for the plants like
macramé holders and traditional woven baskets.
Do not forget to accessorize when creating a bohemian room. Bohemian style is
anything but minimal, so add in all that appeals to you. Tapestries, artworks and
curios go well in this style. If you are a traveler, display elements from your journeys.
When accessorizing, try to hand pick as many items that hold meaning to you and
avoid mass produced items.
A boho-chic interior is never the same for two homes, as each one is defined by the style
and personality of the inhabitant. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to a boho
interior, but simply a few defining characteristics. So, use the features as an outline and fill
in with what relates best to you. Aim to create a cozy space filled with items that have
personal significance and bring you joy and create a home that’s an extension of yourself.