Boho Chic Interiors: Get the Look

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Boho chic styling is taking our interiors by storm this year, and we’re honestly a little bit obsessed. A boho interior is instantly recognisable – they’re always full of exciting patterns, rich colours, and present an interesting mix of style influences from different time periods and different parts of the world. Learn how to get this on-trend look in your own home with our top styling tips!

What is boho chic?

The bohemian style takes influence from free spirits, whose pursuits often include art, music, culture, and spirituality, and who have few permanent ties to a particular place. This nomadic ideal, in particular, can be seen in the eclectic mixture of style elements – from vintage and modern to Middle Eastern-inspired – you will often find in a boho interior.

Boho interiors aren’t about order and tidiness and following the rules. They’re about mixing, not matching, and they’re going to be totally unique to you. Show off your dusty book collection, hang a Kilim rug from the walls, fill your space with succulents, hold onto that worn leather couch for a few more years.

Show anyone who enters your space exactly who you are and where you’ve come from.

A boho chic interior essentially just puts a modern day twist on this carefree style. If anything, it’s maybe a little cleaner. Rather than having patterns and rich textures and warm colours absolutely everywhere, you would instead start with a neutral palette – think wooden floorboards and white walls – and just accessorise with those patterns, textures, and colours.

While there aren’t really any set rules to follow in order to master this interior style, we’ve got a few tips to help you get started.

Featured image: Shop the Fluffelbuster Throw, Panama Cushion, Emerson Cushion, and Woody Mammoth from Amigos De Hoy, online now at Zanui. 

 Start with a plain canvas

boho chic interior bedding

Just imagine this lovely linen quilt cover set accessorised with bunches of colourful cushions and a patterned throw rug! Shop the French Linen Quilt Cover Set from Bambury online at Zanui.

Whether you’re working in the living room, the bedroom, or the dining room, you should always begin with a plain backdrop. White or wooden furniture (like dressers, sideboards, and tables), neutral-toned sofas, and crisp white or soft grey bed linen all provide excellent bases for a boho-chic interior.

They don’t have to be totally neutral colours – you can use soft blue, warm brown, and other colours, as long as it’s understated. Boho-chic interiors are all about letting your knick-knacks and accessories tell your story, so you don’t want your furniture to take away the focus.

Neutral furniture allows all the colours and patterns of your boho chic accessories to better stand out. Shop the Bangalow Console Table from Amalfi online at Zanui.

Neutral furniture allows all the colours and patterns of your boho chic accessories to better stand out. Shop the Bangalow Console Table from Amalfi online at Zanui.

Mix (don’t match) your cushions

Cushions offer an easy and relatively inexpensive way to work the boho-chic style into your interiors. Start with a neutral sofa or armchair – maybe in a grey or beige tone, or tan-coloured leather. Then create excitement by adding cushions in all sorts of patterns, textures, and colours.

You probably only need one statement cushion for an armchair or occasional chair, but for a sofa you can add as many cushions as you like – we think three to five is a great number! And don’t worry about matching colours and patterns. The more you use and the greater difference there is, the better!

Here are a few to get you started:

boho chic cushions

From top left: Ekeni Cushion, Kazzi Cushion from KAS, and North Cushion from KAS; Zazu Cushion from NF Living; Severin Cushion from j.elliot HOME; Paz Cushion from Vida & Co.; Petsa Cushion from Castle Road Interiors; Sabira Cushion from Status Collections

Put all your junk on display

boho chic interior

Photo by Anna Sullivan on Unsplash

Got some old photographs? Put ’em out. Got an acoustic guitar you can’t even remember how to play? Put it out. Picked up some cute antiques at a market? Put them out. Got stacks and stacks of books you’ll probably never read again? Good. Pile them up and put them out.

In a boho chic interior, it’s not clutter. It’s décor.

Go mad with macramé

macrame boho interior

Macrame from the bed to the walls! Shop the Macrame Mandala Wall Hanging and the Airlie Round Cushion from Sea Tribe online now at Zanui.

When channelling the boho look, you just can’t go wrong with macramé. In fact, if you were to list the top 5 features of boho interiors, guaranteed macramé would appear in everyone’s list.

These intricate knots can be found in so many different forms, from wall hangings to cushions, ottomans, and even handbags. There’s definitely no shortage of macramé out there, and it’s one of the easiest ways to give your space that carefree, laidback vibe that the boho style is known for.

Want to learn more about macramé? Check out our blog post!

Enrich your space with rich textures

Leather, wood, hide, natural fibres, and fur - all of it works in a boho-chic aesthetic.

Leather, wood, hide, natural fibres, and fur – all of it works in a boho-chic aesthetic.

Pack your space with all sorts of different textures (along with the macramé!). We’re talking everything from smooth wooden surfaces, to tassels and fringing on cushions and rugs, to natural fibre baskets, to soft leather seats and ottomans.

Having a mix of different textures can give your space a rich, cosy, and also a bit of a chaotic feel, which is all totally in line with the boho chic aesthetic.

Here are some of our top texture picks:

boho chic furniture

Shop the Kirra Boho Basket from Sea Tribe, the NuBuck Butterfly Chair in Caramel Leather from NuBuck, and the Olivia Stool/Side Table (Set of 2) from Amalfi online at Zanui.

Remember the rug!

boho rug

Bring excitement to your floors with an eye-catching rug like the Zeppelin Rug in blush from Amigos De Hoy, available online at Zanui.

No bohemian or boho chic interior would be complete without a rug … or two … or five! Opt for flatwoven rugs with eye-catching patterns. Traditional Kilim rugs and Persian rugs work perfectly, as do tribal-inspired designs. They don’t have to be bold colours, but warm reds and browns are always a good choice. Neutrals work well too, particularly if you’ve got dark wooden floors.

And we’re serious about the five rugs. If you have ample open floor space, why not experiment with rugs of different shapes, sizes, and patterns?

boho chic rugs

Shop the Daydream Digitally Printed Rug from Amigos De Hoy, the Mahethi Oriental Rug from Italtex, the Sabina Hand Knotted Wool Rug from Veeraa, and the Eisley Modern Rug from Rug Culture online at Zanui.

Got any hot tips for mastering the boho chic look at home? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Elizabeth is an aspiring content writer and copy editor from Sydney, Australia, with a degree in Media & Communications from the University of New South Wales. When she isn't writing for Zanui, she's usually attempting further study, burying her head in a YA fiction novel (or writing her own), pestering her cat, or desperately trying to keep her small potted succulent alive.