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Design inspo: Beautiful bohemian living rooms and how to pull off the look

The bohemian style is taking over interiors and why not?! It’s a melting pot of colour, texture and pattern that embraces a blending of cultures and times.

Over the decades, we’ve seen many arms of boho design develop — Moroccan boho, vintage boho, Eastern European boho, western boho, minimalist boho and most recently modern moho — but at the core are common elements that we share in this article so you can pull off the look!

Get ready to fall in love with the boho style with these beautiful bohemian living rooms.

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1. Embrace rugs

Our top tip to create a Bohemian living room is to use rugs to define the space and set the tone for the rest of the decor. Rugs also add a sense of warmth and will cosy up your living room. Just check out this boho living room inspo below.

traditional bohemian home
Traditional boho style home from @my.bohemian.nest
Terracotta boho living room
Image from ErikaCarlock.com

2. Don’t be afraid to mix styles

As we mentioned in the intro, a common trait of Bohemian interiors is the way they blend styles. Whether you have a more coastal style living room, or prefer a modern look, create your own hybrid living room style by blending these design influences together!

Don’t be afraid to embrace old and new, or different styles — in fact, doing so will build up the character of a room. It will help make your house a home by adding your own unique finds, such as pieces from from local op-shops or collected on your travels. Have fun with your boho living room styling!

Coastal boho styling
Coastal boho styling via @little_adi_co
Minimalist luxe living room
Love this modern minimalist luxe boho fusion style living room by @juthamat.by.jem

3. Inject timber and rattan

Blonde timbers, walnut tones or even black timber — the boho style embraces it all!

Another Instagram crush of ours is Caitlin from @beachroadinteriors whose signature style is relaxed and earthy. She blurs the lines between boho, Wanderlust and coastal to perfection!

Just take a look at her modern boho living room below where she’s used cane, rattan and solid timber furniture, mixed with textural wall hangings and earthy soft furnishings.

rattan chairs
Image from @beachroadinteriors
timber cabinets with gallery walls
Boho style gallery wall from @ewa_home_and_sun

4. Colour on colour and pattern on pattern

There’s no matchy matchiness going on in Bohemian living rooms — rather a pushing of the boundaries of what colours should ‘go together’ and more prints and patterns than you can poke a stick at!

Traditional prints, such as those found on Turkish Kilim rugs, are blended with modern. And colours can range from earthy reds and browns, to pastel tones. There’s plenty of free rein to create your own unique boho style in your living room.

farmhouse boho styling
Hybrid boho styling from @beachroadinteriors

5. More is more

For so long minimalist styling was the trend but typically boho styling is about maximalism! More cushions. More plants. And more decor!

Surface areas, like sideboards and coffee tables, are styled with vignettes. Floors are layered with rugs as we mentioned, and also often floor cushions. Rarely will you find an empty pocket in the home.

Don’t hold back and have fun layering your favourite pieces to create a beautiful Bohemian living room of your own!

boho cushion styling
Image by @home.thirtyfour, from @thewoodveneerhubusa
indoor plant styling in boho living room
Design credit to @jami.ericksonrealtor

6. Flex your green thumb

From oversized cactus to Monstera plants, there are no rules on what plants to use — just to use lots of them!

Consider creating a shelfie arrangement filled with greenery. You could cluster handmade ceramic vessels or unusual decor items, such as vintage tea pots, and fill them with your favourite plants.

On the floor, use a mix of pot plant stands, pots on the ground or plants in baskets to bring some serious boho decor vibes to your living room!

Before you think you’ve got a black thumb, we’ve come to the rescue with these top 20 hard to kill plants and tips to keep your indoor plants alive.

boho plant styling
Living room by @nest_no.17, via @boholivingroom
contemporary boho living room
Minimalist boho design by @paulinach_chien, reposted by @boholivingroom_

7. Fill your walls

Another common theme of boho spaces is the way they maximise wall space to tell a story and bring character to a room.

Wall hangings, such as vintage tapestries, wall weaves or framed artwork, are just a few ways you can do this.

We love the boho gallery wall that Instagram user @my.bohemian.nest created featuring a mix of minimalist and photography artwork. Katja Marsch used a mix of wall decor, combining a wall weave, framed prints, hanging indoor plant in a macrame basket and string of festoon lights. The leaning ladder is also a clever way of adding interest to your walls without damage — a great styling solution for renters!

beige boho living room
By @my.bohemian.nest
bohemian living room
Image from @katjamarsch
minimalist gallery wall
Gallery wall art from @avenue.of.color

8. Feature lighting

Whether it’s a collection of traditional lanterns in a Moroccan boho living room or a luxe floor lamp, something Bohemian spaces don’t shy away from is statement lighting!

In this inspo image, we see a gorgeous bead pendant light that only adds to the design and feel of this boho living room.

Boho living room feature lighting _ Beautiful Bohemian living rooms
Image from Kanju Interiors

What do you think of these beautiful bohemian living rooms? Are you inspired to introduce some boho design to your living room? What boho decor items would you add to your space? We’d love to hear all your thoughts in the comment section below!

More living room inspo

Beautiful Bohemian living rooms
Beautiful bohemian living rooms

This article was first published in September 2018 and has been updated with new images and information.

Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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