If you have been following interior design trends, you should already be familiar with the concept of Boho Chic. In short, it is an aesthetic that draws influence from bohemian and hippie culture, rejecting modern sensibilities for a relaxed and free-spirited vibe.
The style is primarily associated with the unconventional and artistic, stemmed by roots in exoticism and an affinity for the eclectic. If this style sounds perfect for you, then you’re in luck! We have put together an easy style guide on how to create the Boho Chic aesthetic in your own home.
Patterns and Colour Palettes
Step one, celebrate all things colourful and exotic. Whether it’s through flamboyant fabrics or imported ottomans, an eclectic combination of earthy colours and patterns is a MUST. It's all about mixing and matching. So long as you have patterns, you can't go wrong, and there are plenty of options to choose. From paisley to florals to tribal prints, you're bound to find a style to suit your taste. A big part of what makes Boho Chic such a flexible and widely loved aesthetic.
In terms of colour scheme, you can be as colourful as you like however you should incorporate rusty reds, mustards and olive greens to capture the right vibe.
Next comes a global and cultural emphasis. Instead of spending your time browsing Pinterest to satisfy your wanderlust, bring aspects from around the world together in your home. Think Persian rugs, Moroccan lanterns, elaborate Indian fabrics, African masks or Chinese screens. Boho culture is based on nomadic wandering, open-mindedness and unconventional thinking, which means international accents are essential!
Embrace Your Inner Hippie
Now for the hippie influences. Emerging in the 60s the hippie movement is all about peace, love and flower power. Leading to the incorporation of raw, natural materials into the Bohemian style, meaning things like timber, cotton, hemp and rattan should take centre stage.
Macrame hangers are a popular decor choice, and you can even make them yourself. These days, there are plenty of macrame workshops around but if you want to try by yourself, here's a fantastic online tutorial.
Vintage, vintage, vintage! No home can genuinely call itself Boho Chic without the eclectic beauty of vintage furniture. Don't worry; when we say vintage, we don't mean outrageously priced pieces. There are plenty of bargains from the 60s and 70s found at markets and op shops. These pieces can sometimes seem too kitschy on their own, but once incorporated with the rest of the decor, you will be surprised by how stylish they look.
Last, but not least: houseplants. Anything green and leafy makes for the perfect addition to your Bohemian home. Not only do plants breathe life into your living spaces, but they also embody the natural world. If you're not much of a green thumb, don't worry too much. There are plenty of tough, low maintenance plants that can survive even the most neglectful owners, e.g. devil's ivy, aloe and spider plants.
And there you have it! You now have everything you need to transform your home into a bohemian paradise. This style allows plenty of room to experiment, so don't be afraid to keep switching things up until your home feels right for you.