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How to Bohemian Chic Your Home in 10 Steps

10 Ways to Add Bohemian Chic to Your Home -

Bohemian Chic is the hot new home decor look and for good reason.  It’s a little bit throw-back to the hippie era and a little bit world traveller with the end result of a warm, inviting, come-on-in-and-make-yourself-comfortable aura.  The Bohemian Chic home is the kind of home you can walk into and immediately join an intimate conversation.  Forget the stuffy days of ‘hosting’ and welcome the relaxed, open days of ‘make yourself at home’.  The question is how to achieve this casual yet elegant; eclectic but open and airy; effortless but not cluttered look?  What are the essential axioms that help a home exude a casual comfort that appears artsy without being uptight? I’ve distilled it down to it’s most basic steps. Here is how to bohemian chic your home in 10 steps!   

1. Vary Textures:

Throw in as many textures as possible to a room.  Put linen next to metal, next to wood, next to glass, next to plants, next to distressed brick, next to mirrors…throw it all together.  The more texture in a room, the better.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be overly cluttered but light reflects differently off different materials and with more textures in a room, it add a beauty and depth to the overall look that manages to stay casual. 

How to Bohemian Chic your Home in 10 Steps

Source: Architectural Digest  

2.  Add Low Level Seating:

Whether it is a pouf on the floor or a low bench with cushions next to a pillow-filled couch, low level seating is inviting and does away with anything fussy.  It says “come and sit with me.”   A house filled with that vibe is a home open to long conversations that last into the night. It doesn’t have to be dramatic either.  Replace a simple side table with a pouf and it becomes inviting seating when it’s not used to for an open book. 

How to Bohemian Chic your Home in 10 Steps

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How to Bohemian Chic your Home in 10 Steps

 Source: Get a Decor

3. White and Blonde Woods

The dark, imposing wood of ‘serious’ furniture are often overly imposing and clunky alongside the vibrancy of the bohemian chic home.  Strip, paint or re-stain those pieces white and light.  Bounce off as much natural light as possible with light, bright woods.  Blonde and white provide a neutral, bright background for the color and texture in the rest of the room.

How to Bohemian Chic your Home in 10 steps

Source: My Scandinavian Home

4. Bring the Outside In with Plants:

In addition to amplifying textural elements, plants bring color and intensify a wild, unpredictable, vibrant feel. The Bohemian Chic home blurs the line between inside and outside as much as possible.  Move beyond the conventional flowers in a vase by placing tree branch cuttings in clear glass vessels or plant greenery and terrariums alongside as many plants as possible. 

How to Bohemian Chic your Home in 10 Steps

Source: Better Homes and Gardens  

5. Red and Pink Stripes

 Stripes and geometrics are taking over where floral textiles used to rule.  Throw down a dozen or so striped pillows to immediately Boho up a living room just be sure that you include pink and red!  Sumptuous shades of red add richness while pinks add a surprising pop of color without looking like you are trying too hard.  

How to Bohemian Chic your Home in 10 Steps

 Source: Get a Decor

6. Paint one wall Turquoise

It’s vibrant, unexpected and soothing all at the same time.  One wall painted in a lovely turquoise color enhances all those red and pink colors without making a room too dark.  If a whole wall feels like too big of a commitment, paint a wooden chair turquoise or add in turquoise ceramics to draw the eye. 

 How to Bohemian chic your Home in 10 Steps

Source: Decor 4 All

7. Add Warm light with Twinkle Lights:

If the idea is to make a home warm, cozy and inviting nothing does that as well as year-round twinkle lights. Don’t be afraid to add this soft, sweet light to everything from bedrooms, porches and even the kitchen. 

How to Bohemian Chic your Home in 10 Steps

 Source: Me and Alice 

8. Keep it Rugged and Unfinished:

The Bohemian Chic looks concerns itself more with having a good time than it does with being ‘finished’.  The right amount of rugged and unfinished furniture transforms a room into a comfortable nesting spot leaving behind any pretenses and inviting family members to settle in and relax. 

How to Bohemian Chic your Home in 10 Steps

 Source : Dig Digs

9.  Show off your Travel Adventures with Art from Other Worlds

 The Bohemian chic home often has what people call a “Morrocan” look but it’s really not restricted to any one cultural approach.  It is whatever you want it to be! Use home decorating to show off all the art collected on your travel adventures.  Stack painted art next to sculptures and textiles from around the world in a haphazard, happy pile.  Regardless of where it came from, a collection of artwork is sure to spark  conversation. 

How to Bohemian Chic your Home in 10 Steps Source: Decor 8 Blog review of the book New Bohemians

10. Layer Rugs

We layer pillows on the couch and blankets drape over the couch, why not also layer the rugs?  Layer them one on top of the other in playful, unexpected ways to add warmth and a laid-back look to any room. 

How to Bohemian Chic your Home in 10 steps

Source: My Scandinavian Home

 How to Bohemian Chic your Home in 10 Steps

Source: Apartment Therapy

The real beauty of a Bohemian Chic home is that there are no rules.  It’s what feel right to you, what feels fun and interesting and effortless!  


  1. Jennifer G Whitticker says

    Thank you for this post. I’ve been trying to do Boho decor ,but I get caught up in matchy matchy. It’s very hard for me to mix pattern and some colors. You have given me great ideas to try to get away from co-ordinating everything!

  2. mona says

    hi, im from ira, i study architecture and now im taking care of the baby inside me,,, me and my hasband try to decor our home with little small handmade things and now that i have more free time than befor im trying to do some sewing! for my unborn baby and her or his room… some clothes, blanket and…. i hope u help me in this and i have to say that u helped me already by this beautiful pictures and other things inside this web…
    thank u , im glad to see u

  3. Marie says

    Confused as to how this is considered a design trend. Please if you’re a bohemian be one, copying another is as as far from a bohemian as you can get. It’s not purchased or something you can run out and buy. Stop feeding the ones who are trying to convince you of this from their lavish homes. The whole beauty behind the truth of this lifestyle is lost on each of you trying so desperately to keep up with the Jones’ . Thanks for the laugh.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. This post is intended to encourage anyone who is interested to embrace a warmer, more inviting and homey environment…a style that includes some imperfection and personality unique to each individual family. It wasn’t intended to encourage imitation, indeed the opposite. Though I can see how the title might have implied otherwise. We should all do our best to be who we authentically are, that’s absolutely true. I always like a little inspiration decorating my home, that’s all.

  4. Suzan says

    Hi Melissa

    I just signed up today and look forward to more posts like this one. I think everyone has just a touch of boho, and the comment about “copying” the look is silly. All of these New Age “hippies” think they are doing something new, but Gypsies and Others started the “look” eons ago! LOL

    • Patricia A Scott says

      Loved it the first time around and now that my kids are grown and my house is my own again, I’m loving it all over again!! I felt the post was to give inspiration and sometimes to help find the things you love…. Back to the Gypsy that I was….

  5. says

    Hi, could you let me know where I can get a copy of your book 10 ways to add a little bohemian chic. I have seen it for sale in Anthropologie but cant find it anywhere.

    I hope to hear from you soon,

    Best wishes


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