Whether you call it boho or bohemian, this eclectic decorating style is a colorful blend of patterns, fabrics, styles, and eras, livened up with a big dose of artistic free spirit and an attitude of “Anything goes as long as I love it.” If that sounds like the decorating style for you, read on to learn tips and tricks about boho décor from the 12 rooms featured here.
Show Off Your Books
Even books can become art when arranged on towering bookcases near the bed, as in this colorful and exuberant bedroom from Casa Chaucha. Another fun touch: overlapped, propped-up artwork in place of a headboard.
Boho Shifts Into Neutral
Think of the bohemian decorating style, and you most likely imagine a room filled with a riot of bright color. And in fact, that is the most common look for this theme. But as has been stated already, boho is a style without rigid rules. There’s no law stating you can’t do a wonderfully bohemian look entirely in neutrals. This room, from Blissfully Eclectic, has the bohemian look perfectly played out in neutral. It’s filled with everything that makes boho so wonderful: lots of patterns, many different types of textiles, global influence, tons of personality. The neutral palette takes the excitement down a notch, however, proving that even boho style can be peaceful and serene when it wants to be.
Whether it’s wood, fabric, or wicker (like the gorgeous vintage screen shown here), your boho bedroom needs a screen or two. Use one as a headboard the way Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow does here, or prop one in a corner, use a screen to provide privacy or mark off a sitting area.
Flea Market Artwork
If you’re on the hunt for artwork to hang on your bedroom walls, check out your local thrift stores, flea markets, or antique malls. You’ll find lots of intriguing paintings, drawings and photos just waiting to liven up your boho bedroom, just like this space from The Decorista.
Don’t Forget the Ceiling
Textiles and lots of them are a hallmark of bohemian décor, and when those textiles are soft and billowing, so much the better. Want to give your bedroom the cozy feel of a whimsical tent? Then tack a stretch of patterned fabric over the ceiling, letting the material billow and drape slightly in the center and at the edges. So pretty and romantic.
Every bedroom deserves fresh flowers; why not add their wonderful color and fragrance to your own sleeping space? And check out the fantastic lighting fixture in this colorful bohemian bedroom found on Design Addict Mom. So pretty.
Plenty of Mixed Patterns
If there is any decorating “rule” that’s often broken when it comes to bohemian décor, it’s lots of mixed patterns, especially on the bed. The looks-like-something-Grandma-might-have-crocheted bedspread adds a wonderful blast of vintage fun to this bedroom decorated by The Jungalow, but why stop there? The southwestern area rug, mismatched throw pillows, fabric-draped light fixture, and tapestry instead of headboard all work together to add excitement and personality to this room.
Make a Cozy Bed
No matter what the decorating scheme, the bed is the star of the bedroom, like this one from DigsDigs. Because of the emphasis on textiles, a bed piled high with cozy, lavish bedding is a natural for a bohemian style. Layer quilts on top of bedspreads, add multiple throw blankets, mix a variety of shams and throw pillows: it’s hard to go too far with this decorating theme.
Shake Up Traditional Style
Bohemian style often takes traditional or vintage furnishings and then gives them a whole new look by adding in blasts of color, pattern and global spice. For example, the chaise lounge couch and turned-post bed in this room designed by Kathryn Ireland are traditional designs, but wow, with a dizzying array of pattern and bright color, they are anything but old-fashioned.
Hang Up Some String Lights
String lights are a boho staple and for good reason. They add a little touch of magic to a space and provide just enough light for romantic encounters if that’s on your agenda for the evening. String them around the headboard, use them to outline your windows, or just loosely drape them from the ceiling, as in the bedroom shown here (but be careful not to let the lights hang low enough to catch around you as you walk).
Boho Grows Up
Bohemian style can be quite grownup and glamorous when it wants to be. This purple, gold, and brown bedroom is full of sensuous textiles: the drapes, the headboard, the bedding, and the throw pillows. There’s just enough pattern here to keep things hopping, but not so much that it’s overwhelming or juvenile. Proof that boho isn’t just a look for college kids or teens; it’s also perfectly at home in a sophisticated master bedroom when done right.
Decorate the Walls
Bohemian style equals artistic style, so it’s no surprise that a mishmash of treasured artwork is a favorite way to decorate the walls in this look. Frame your favorite paintings, fabric scraps, photographs, old maps or botanical etchings, a collection of feathers, vintage handkerchiefs: whatever strikes your fancy.