22 Best Boho Ideas to Decorate Your Living Room
If you’re looking to redesign your living room, consider a boho living room to create a cozy, yet chic space. The new boho home trend is a favorite among those who enjoy adding color and personality to a room, making it a fun place to gather.
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A living room is usually the room that attracts the most attention. It is most likely the central place of gathering in your home along with the kitchen. That being said, it gives you a perfect opportunity to get creative and show off your personal style for others to enjoy too.
Let’s dive into 22 best boho ideas to decorate your living room along with some tips and tricks that will make your space look how you’ve always dreamed!
- Lots of Texture
- Mix Patterns
- Incorporate Bright Colors
- Layer Rugs
- Vintage Pieces
- All the Plants
- Woven and Wicker
- Velvet Furniture
- Macrame Wall Decor
- Warm Wood Accents
- Oriental Rugs
- Floor Pillows and Cushions
- Printed Throw Blankets
- Moody Lighting
- Faux Fur
- Eclectic Wall Art
- String Lights
- Casual Window Treatments
- Stacked Books
- Curated Accessories
- Pom Poms and Tassels
What makes a bohemian living room?
Boho is not for you if you’re looking for a perfect, clean cut, minimalist style. BUT if you’re looking for more of a modern, offbeat, relaxed style, you’re headed in the right direction.
The boho look commonly combines natural elements with various patterns, colors, and textures. Elements that you may have never thought of putting together unite to create a vibe that is unique and unmatched.
Boho living rooms incorporate exciting furniture, accessories, and accent pieces. There are some do’s and don’ts when decorating with a bohemian style (we will get into those soon!) but overall this fun design option gives you the freedom to be yourself.
Many true Bohemians are inspired by bohemian design not because of the aesthetic, but because of its expressiveness and worldliness. This is what makes bohemian interior design so much fun. Expressing yourself through design can give you a reason to be proud of the space you’ve created!
How do I decorate my living room boho?
It can be so much fun to remodel your space for a fresh start!
Before you go all in, make sure you have a plan. Starting with doing some research on bohemian style can help you decide what you like and don’t like based on other boho living room designs. You can find lots of inspiration on Pinterest!
There are a couple different routes you can take with a bohemian interior. You can take a fearless approach and go all in by adding a variety of colors and patterns OR you can go for more of a subtle approach by adding a few bohemian touches without full commitment… And if you decide you want to go all in later it would be easy to add to what you have already created.
Here are 22 boho decorating ideas that will help you create the perfect living room!
1. Lots of Texture
Incorporating a variety of textures is key for bohemian design.
Adding texture to a room will make it more interesting and welcoming. A room without texture is like a meal without flavor- bland and unfinished.
Here are some ways to add texture to a room:
- Wall decor
- Throw blankets
- Unique furniture
We will get into details about specific ways to include these decor details into your space.
2. Mix Patterns
Don’t be afraid to mix different patterns! If you are confident when putting patterns together, everyone else will like it too.
It’s important to keep the color palate between 1-3 colors so it doesn’t get too busy or overwhelming.
Patterns work best in touches rather than the main event. Pair patterns with plain or solid colors.
Colors in each patterns should compliment each other. Try looking for collections that have already been created when searching for patterns to make it easy and fool-proof.
Adding multiple patterned pillows is a great example to add personality and that boho flair.
3. Incorporate Bright Colors
Boho color themes include earthy hues that pair well with flashy shades.
An example would be warm touches of green, bright purple, and electric blue. OR bright pink, dark orange, and golden yellow.
These are just a couple ideas.. the opportunity for visual intensity is endless!
4. Layer Rugs
Layering rugs is a great way to incorporate color, patterns, and texture! This gives you a way to showcase multipPle rugs that would have otherwise not fit in the space without being layered.
Use a large, heavier rug on the bottom like a jute rug and layer with smaller accent rugs.
You may have to experiment with angles and change the furniture to see what works best in the space.
5. Vintage Pieces
Boho style is perfect for showing off your vintage/thrifted finds!
Bohemian design is associated with hippie culture from the 1960s-1970s so vintage pieces from that era add a chic appearance.
TIP– If you are planning on going thrifting for your boho living room look for second hand furniture, rustic accent pieces like vases, planters, and trays, as well as wood and wicker natural materials to add character.
6. All the Plants
There is no such thing as too many house plants when it comes to boho design.
Use large floor plants to fill space in empty areas, smaller plants on shelves and tables, and hanging plants to draw attention upward.
Plants can help you create the perfect boho oasis!
Types of plants that compliment the boho theme:
7. Woven or Wicker
Balance out a colorful space with neutral tones of woven and wicker.
As you have probably learned by now, boho is all about using NATURAL elements inspired by bohemianism. Think adventurous and artistic!
Woven baskets, wicker wall decor, and wicker furniture are a few options to achieve this look.
DON’T ADD TOO MUCH woven and wicker. Small amounts of decoration can go a long way and balance out well with surrounding colors, patterns, and textures in a boho living room if used wisely.
8. Velvet Furniture
Velvet couches or chairs are often the luxury staple when searching for boho living room furniture.
A few color options for velvet furniture include dark green, burnt orange, and mustard yellow. These are all bold and eye-catching options.
Use bold colored velvet furniture if you have a combination of more neutral accents to surround it!
If you have already used a variety of bold and bright colors in the room, maybe consider a brown leather couch or chair instead (we will talk about how to use leather in a boho living room soon!).
9. Macramé Wall Decor
Macrame has made a fashionable comeback since Victorian times, symbolizing bohemian style with a textile art form that involves knotting and hitching.
Macrame can be found in the form of large wall hangings, plant holders, shelves, and even curtains.
Using macramé is a great way to support independent artists and their handmade designs!
Etsy is one of my favorite places to find unique handmade pieces!
10. Warm Wood Accents
Warm up your space with wood accents!
Wood accents pair well with neutral tones of macrame, woven, and wicker while highlighting surrounding colors and patterns.
Look for furniture such as tables, chairs, coffee tables or accessories made from mango wood, acacia wood, cedar, hickory or oak.
11. Oriental Rugs
Oriental rugs are unconventional and multicultural.
Using bold and bright patterned oriental rugs in a boho living room is a great way to add texture, pattern, and color.
There are many options when looking for the perfect, yet affordable boho rug. One of my absolute places to buy rugs is Boutique Rugs.
Using a material like leather in a boho living room is one way to integrate a neutral into the space.
Consider a leather couch to disrupt the variety of colors and patterns that you have already used around the room.
You can contrast a leather couch with patterned throw pillows and blankets.
13. Floor Pillows and Cushions
Boho culture is centered around relaxation, meditation, and yoga.
Floor pillows and cushions are a unique and inviting way to add some comfort to your room.
You can have fun when choosing between many different patterns, shapes, and sizes of pillows and cushions!
Also great for low-level tables!
14. Printed Throw Blankets
Printed throw blankets look great on solid colored furniture- like the velvet and leather living room furniture we discussed earlier!
Yet again, throw blankets are another way to achieve a variety of textures and patterns.
15. Moody Lighting
Selecting the right lighting for your space is so important! With the right lighting, everyone will feel the boho vibe in your home.
String lights, lanterns, and candles are just a few lighting options for a boho living room.
TIP: Pay attention to how much natural lighting your living room brings in. If there are large windows you may not need as much added lighting as you would in a dark space.
16. Faux Fur
Faux fur can come in the form of rugs, pillows, blankets, and more.
Yet another great way to add texture and coziness to your space.
Not all boho interiors use faux fur, but it can create a more modern, cozy version of boho if that is a look you are going for! It’s especially nice in the colder months.
17. Eclectic Wall Art
Especially with a style like boho, wall art can be incorporated a couple different ways.
Initial inspiration- You may find an eclectic piece of boho wall art that inspires you to design a room around it.
Final touch- After you have finished finding all of your furniture and accent pieces you may need to add some wall art to achieve your final look.
Either way, eclectic wall art can be the difference between a boho living room and the boho living room of your dreams!
18. String Lights
String lights add personality to any environment.
A boho living room is the perfect place to use string lights for a moody lighting option. You can go all in and brighten up the room with lots of overhead string lights, or you can use small amounts of string lights in areas that you want to draw more attention to.
You can get creative with where you place your lighting. You can also choose from many different shapes and sizes. These LED string lights you can even change the colors!
Paper lantern string lights fit right in with the bohemian trend!
19. Casual Window Treatments
Curtains can really cozy up any space!
Boho curtains can add style with textures, patterns, and colors and can also allow you to control the amount of lighting in the room.
Opt for light, flowy, and sheer materials like these curtains.
20. Stacked Books
Stacking books on shelves or tables can show off your inner artist.
If you are really into books you can use a bookshelf to bring life to a bare wall in the room. Otherwise you can stack a few decorative books to top with a plant, wrap in rustic beads, or if they make a statement all on their own, that works too!
Stack them vertically or horizontally to create variation.
21. Curated Accessories
No two boho living rooms are alike. Allow your living room to reflect your unique style with curated accessories!
The cool thing about boho interior is that you can find decorations and pieces for your space practically anywhere. Go thrifting, go through your old collectibles, and keep an eye out for items that speak to you during your travels.
22. Pom Poms and Tassels
For a fun and quirky boho vibe add pom poms and tassels to your living room.
These come in many different shapes and sizes so you can use them as accents on shelves and tables, wall decor, and even curtains and rugs.
Is boho decor out of style?
Boho decor is IN STYLE! Inspired by a 1960s-1970s style, boho has made a comeback with a more trendy and modern approach when it comes to interior design.
You should approach boho design with a sense of individualism and run with it. Modern boho living rooms are comfy, welcoming, and free-spirited.
Now that you know more about decorating with a boho themed interior it’s time to get started. YAY- the fun part!
Be patient when trying to achieve your ideal boho living room look. You may need to move things around multiple times and try new colors and patterns before you feel like you have created your masterpiece. No need to rush!