The Nomad's Guide to Bohemian Design

the nomad's guide to bohemian design

Bohemian or Boho design is for those who are free-spirited, inspired by varying cultures, and gatherers of exciting trinkets to exhibit to their friends. This look flips modern judgments and welcomes the lighthearted, chill, and the unexpected. Boho rooms usually have specific associations in that they are continually eclectic and bestow similar characteristics. However, no two rooms are ever completely identical.

Boho is dreamt of by people who choose to command an alternative lifestyle, such as the nomadic, actors, and writers. The Bohemian style displays that life by blending objects, colors, and patterns from many areas. If you are looking for an aesthetic custom to your disposition, Boho may be the right choice for you.


Bohemian Interior Design Color Scheme

Boho Colors

There are no rules for Bohemian decorating; however, there are some guides to make it look pleasing. Warm earth-tones are common as well as metallics and jewel tones. Ponder about the nature-based colors you want to use and then accessorize with noble violets, fiery oranges, and dazzling greens. Combining and layering colors is what makes this style unique. Don't be afraid to go with a triadic color scheme. The above-listed colors are one triad you can use, which means you can also go with electric blues, robust reds, and mustard yellows. It is time to go bold!

If you would like to see these area rugs shown above, click on the links here:

Robust Red — Technicolor Fontana Red Area Rug

Electric Blue — Technicolor Mission Blue & Brown Area Rug

Mustard Yellow — Technicolor Ana Brown Area Rug

Dazzling Green — Technicolor Ikat White & Gray Area Rug

Fiery Orange — Karastan Spice Market Saigon Multi

Noble Violet — Technicolor Zara Purple Area Rug


Boho patterns

Boho Patterns

Combine varying patterns and textures, and don't be afraid to use styles that don't usually go together. Use saturated dyed textiles and patterns from around the world to grab that exotic feel. Layer throws on top of furniture with a different texture than the couch, hang tapestries, and place Traditional area rugs on the walls alongside your photos and art. Bohemian doesn't always have to mean "busy." You can add white into the room to break up the colors visually and add some breathing room.


 boho settee furniture

Boho Furniture

Bohemian furniture is not a usual grab in a store. These rooms are furnished over time, so curios and trinkets are right at home here. Each piece of furniture should be memorable and tell a story.

Feel the Boho vibe with a plush couch or sofa in vibrant triadic colors. It's not uncommon to have both throw rugs and overstuffed floor pillows in a room. Having both of these features will create a comforting floor-seating atmosphere. Streamlined or straight-backed furniture is not for this look as it isn't as inviting. Streamlined or straight-backed furniture is for modern or contemporary homes that reflect a different lifestyle. Choose comfortable, relaxed pieces like chaises lounges, daybeds, or butterfly chairs.


boho lighting

Boho Lighting

Ambient, vintage lighting will consolidate your Boho setting and complete the chill vibe. Use multiple lanterns, candles, and floor and table lamps. It is best to limit to Boho lighting fixtures overhead.


boho plants

Boho Plants

Embracing the foliage is central to this style, so bring your room to life with ferns and overhanging plants. These changes make the place more lively. Philodendron, peace lilies, and succulents are easy-to-take-care-of options.


World Traveler Boho Map

Boho Accessories

Finally, grab trinkets, curios, handmade items, family heirlooms, and objects from your travels. These accessories should be personal. Bohemian style can be eclectic but extravagant as well if you bring in an ornate chandelier.

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