BOHO style in the interior: Bohemian chic instead of creative clutter.

A detailed guide to boho style and checklist for adding bohemian chic to any interior with furniture, decor and plants.


Boho style
If at home you have a lot of multicolored pillows, carpets and bedspreads with ethnic patterns, bright unusual furniture, original trinkets and handmade gadgets, then most likely this is not a creative mess, but bohemian chic. The boho style in the interior allows you not to follow strict rules, not use ready-made solutions, combine incongruously and artistically pollute the space. But to really apply boho chic, you have to have good taste and patience. Even this seemingly chaotic style has its own logic and harmony. We've put together a detailed guide with descriptions of various boho interiors, as well as a simple checklist for adding bohemian chic to any interior using furniture, decor, and plants.

Boho in the interior: basics

"Boho" is a derivative of "bohemia". Bohemia was once referred to as a country that lay on the site of the modern Czech Republic. The Boii lived there - the Celts, who roamed Europe, collected everything at hand and absorbed the culture and traditions of different peoples. Later, gypsies, itinerant performers, musicians and circus performers were called bohemia, and now they are representatives of creative professions: actors, performers, writers. The bohemian way of life is carefree, carefree, frivolous. In boho, interior design adheres to the same principles - these are objects from different parts of the world, comfort from scratch, old furniture found at a flea market, all kinds of carpets, bedspreads and tapestries covering bare walls and floors.


With Boho you can combine different interior areas in one room. There are no restrictions and there is no need to maintain stylistic integrity. However, in order not to make the room look like an antique store, it is advisable to stick to one motif: for example, oriental or European, and also to determine the accent color scheme. So the space will be given integrity and the mix of styles will be thoughtful, not by chance. 

Boho Bohemian stijl


The boho-style apartment is full of contrasts and combinations of the incongruous. For example, expensive parquet with whitewashed brick walls. Or frilly decorations with simple wooden furniture. Or a red plaid with a blue sofa. In one room you can mix different materials: silk with cotton, wood with brick, tiles with metal. Use textiles with a contrasting pattern and blow up a neutral background with bright accents.

Important! Boho is comfort and relaxation surrounded by your favorite things. Therefore, you can not do without upholstered furniture. All kinds of armchairs, poufs, sofas in which you can drown, chairs with soft backs and seats are recommended.

Bright colors

A hallmark of boho-style interiors are provocative, bright colors. Especially popular are red, blue, orange, yellow, green colors of natural shades. Usually they choose a basic color scheme, including neutral light shades, to which they already add a variety of catchy accents: bedspreads, panels, curtains, lampshades. Many different colors are used in one interior, creating the most unexpected combinations and giving the space the perfect degree of frenzy.


Despite the active mix of styles, it is difficult to meet high-tech in a boho-style interior due to the commitment to natural materials.But wooden furniture in the style of vintage chic or wicker decor in country style are simple 


  • Wood               
  • Rattan
  • Stone
  • Learn
  • Cotton
  • Side
  • Skins


    • Metal
    • Artificial stone
    • Plexiglass
    • PVC
    • Acrylic
    • Vinyl
    • Foam board
    • Linoleum

    Textile and decor

    Features of the boho style in the interior are a variety of boho decor and textiles. All kinds of collections of figurines, lamps, picture frames, paintings, candlesticks, vases and other funny little things collected over the years, various handmade from sale, junk from flea markets, travel souvenirs, masks, family heirlooms dear to the heart - everything finds its place in the boho apartment. And of course more light pillows, blankets, rugs of all kinds in a row - velvet, satin, linen, cotton, silk, with or without fringe - it doesn't matter.




    Types of boho style

    With all the freedom of self-expression and individuality of each room in the boho style, designers distinguish different types of boho, within which there are certain rules for layout and combination of colors and textures. This is not so much a mandatory classification as a recommendation classification that helps to structure the elements of the boho style in the interior and create a more or less controlled chaos.


    Boho chic

    Boho chic style in the interior is flashy luxury, real gypsy. To create boho chic in the interior with your own hands, you need a lot of gold and crystal. With such a boho, the room will look very expensive and rich: carpets, jewelry, dishes, expensive upholstery, luxurious decor. The case where the accumulated can be demonstrated without fear of appearing ridiculous.





    Eco boho

    In eco boho in the interior, everything is made of natural materials - wicker furniture, straw bedding, linen bedspreads, pottery. Natural and ethnic motifs predominate here. A special place in the interior of the eco-boho style is occupied by indoor plants - there are many, many of them, which gives the catchy direction naturalness and sophistication.

    Glamorous boho

    Glamorous boho has many different shiny trinkets, beaded curtains, lace, feathers, rhinestones, vintage items. This is a 100% girly interior where the whole world is hidden: here you will find original figurines bought at a flea market, crafts from a trip to India, boxes from a garage sale. Even a small room in such a boho style looks luxurious.



    Boho classic

    Restrained combination of classic furniture and ethnic motifs. Strict furnishings are lost under velvet bedspreads and satin pillows, beige walls under bright tapestries with contrasting patterns and elaborate sheer curtains on the windows. This is an opportunity to breathe new life into a calm interior with bright details.



    Hippie boho

    Thanks to the hippies, the boho style has been given a new lease of life, the hint of decadence has disappeared and an atmosphere of relaxation and joie de vivre has emerged.The hippie boho interior is filled with ethnic decor, macrame, dream catchers, various musical instruments and a million pillows that can be placed on the floor around the bong


    Boho minimalism

    Minimalism in the interior is the opposite of boho style. But if you really want to, then boho elements will take root even in the most restrained interior. For this, a few bright, contrasting details are enough - a few pillows, a tapestry or an ironic image.


    Boho loft

    As artists and musicians reached the lofts, incorporating boho became a matter of time. The boho loft in the interior is characterized by cozy textile accessories and bright furnishings, which organically complement the brick walls and high ceilings with metal structures and turn the urban space into the center of a bohemian lifestyle.


    Scandinavian boho

    Scandi boho interiors are a balanced and well-measured folly at the heart of an orderly Scandinavian style. Clear vases on an oak table, books with colorful covers in an unpainted bookcase, plants in multicolored flower pots against white walls and windows, a multi-layered glass chandelier in an almost empty room - this combination of Scandinavian style in a boho interior is very suitable.

    Who suits boho style: pros and cons


    Boho style was created by creative people, bohemia, so it's still great for those with creative streak. But if before such an interior betrayed the poverty of artists, now it shows that the owners like to surround themselves with things they like and know how to create a warm, cozy space from a variety of objects, expensive and not very expensive. You can make a boho style room with your own hands.


    The boho interior in the apartment makes it possible to combine any design direction as you wish, and not as prescribed by the rules. Therefore, if you want to add something new to the interior, you can not be afraid to destroy the harmony of style.


    Pros and cons of boho style in the interior



    • Suitable for any room of any size
    • Can be combined with any interior
    • Always cosy, cute, warm and romantic
    • No need to buy new furniture
    • No major repairs needed
    • Do-it-yourself decor looks organic.
    • You can easily transform the space
    • New things harmoniously fit into the interior.



    • Saturation with things, furniture, objects
    • Statues and chests collect dust
    • Bright, challenging, flashy colors
    • There are no off-the-shelf solutions
    • It takes time to assemble the interior
    • Plants need care.
    • Natural materials wear out quickly
    • Constant control over clutter is needed.
    • Hard to clean, nowhere to hide things



    How to apply the boho style in the interior: tips for different rooms


    The advantage of the boho style is that the size of the room is not important.It will look great in a small room, and in a small apartment, and in a large house. The main thing is to correctly combine furniture, decor and lighting.


    Boho apartment

    Before applying the boho style in the interior of the apartment, you can prepare it: plaster the walls in relief, paint in the main color of the interior or paste wallpaper with a bright print. You can focus on one of the walls and apply patterns to it with a stencil. Wallpaper can even be glued to the ceiling. If the walls are made of brick, emphasize them, do not close them. Also do not hide communications - pipes, beams, batteries. For the floor it is better to choose natural materials - planks, parquet, tiles, you can have a rough finish, aged. Various stained glass windows and mosaics are great for decorating a boho style apartment.


    Boho house

    Not everyone in the household may like the boho style in the interior of the house, so it is worth consulting with family members before deciding to decorate the entire house in this way. If there is no single solution and the whole house in bohemian style does not take place, then you can stop at the living room, dining room or bedroom. And so that the interior does not fall apart, the space can be combined with common style elements - for example, colors, decor, finishes, bright accents, living plants.


    Boho living room

    A boho living room doesn't have to look like an art gallery and be overloaded with decor, figurines and flowers. It can be bright and spacious if you organize all the space well and stick to the general line. But for boho in the living room interior, you will definitely need arms full of colorful pillows on the sofa, poufs and sofas that can be used both as chairs and tables, various floor lamps with unusual lampshades, a grotesque chandelier with crystal or colored glass.


    An old velvet armchair with a throw over it, a shabby chest of drawers inherited from a grandmother with a collection of elephant figurines on it, a wrought iron table fits perfectly into the interior of a boho-style living room. The walls should be decorated with bright paintings, photography, masks, tapestries. Lay thin carpets and straw paths on the floor.




    Boho bedroom

    The main focus of the boho style bedroom design in the apartment is a wooden or wrought iron bed with a chic canopy, many light pillows of different sizes and shapes, and a bedspread with ethnic ornaments. Together they transform the sleeping place into a fantastic tent of an oriental princess. The role of a canopy can be played by a piece of chiffon fabric, a huge lace plaid or several huge scarf bedspreads tied together with various ornaments or patterns brought back from a trip.


    The boho style in the interior of the bedroom is complemented by antique chests, dressing tables, wicker poufs. You can decorate the room with dream catchers, birdcages, pictures, paintings, candles and aroma lamps. The best boho decor in the bedroom interior is floor lamps with colored lampshades or just scarves thrown over them, which give the room the right subdued light.



    Boho kitchen

    For a boho-style kitchen, chairs in different colors and styles, together at the same table, are perfect.Or you can even do without chairs - they can easily be replaced by a wooden sofa with soft cushions or mattresses


    Samovars, clay pots, decorative dishes with oriental ornaments, pots with spices can be placed on shelves and tables, dry flowers, bunches of red onions can be hung from the ceiling, light towels and intentionally homemade ceramic dishes can be added. As for cabinets, they should be wooden, heterogeneous, in Provence or country style.


    Attention! Any technique is contraindicated in the boho style in the interior of the kitchen - all refrigerators and microwaves should be built into furniture or hidden behind screens or other decorations.


    Boho bathroom

    In the boho style in the bathroom interior, the main thing is vintage and pretentiousness of details. Antique chests of drawers, antiquated cabinets, worn retro faucets, custom Moroccan-style bathtubs and sinks suit the boho style in the bathroom interior better than shiny modern models.


    If there are windows, add stained glass windows, tiles should be muted or absent altogether. It is better to paint the walls and hang them with drawings, carpets and mirrors with blackened amalgam. You can add all kinds of wicker boxes, chests, baskets, plants, candles - any boho-style decor in the interior of the bathroom is good to muffle the cold of modern plumbing.




    Boho for kids

    A boho-style nursery is a fairytale world where fantasies can run wild. Complete indulgence and freedom to fill the room with anything, make it easy to create a boho interior with your own hands.


    What can be used to create a boho style interior: handmade patchwork quilts, pillows, an awning tent, colored garlands, poufs, frameless daybeds, lots of drawings on the wall, funny, showy chandeliers and even a hammock or hanging chair.



    Dacha boho

    Dacha is the most bohemian place of all. The boho style crystallizes here gradually, on its own. First, a massive old wooden table appears, then someone brings the remains of chairs from different sets, which it is a pity to throw away, mats, straw beds are added to it - and now someone weaves macramé for curtains and bedspreads, sews a patchwork bedspread, covers it with colorful cushions hard homemade ottoman and puts dead wood in old metal cans.



    How to add a boho-style atmosphere to your interior: checklist


    Boho style furniture

    • Soft sofa with clear cover
    • Canopy bed
    • Wicker or fabric pouf
    • Forged or textile footstool
    • Low table made of boxes or pallets
    • Vintage sideboard, chest of drawers or wardrobe
    • Wood or stone worktops
    • Chairs and stools in different shapes


    Boho decorations

    • Cushions in all sizes, patterns and shapes
    • Tapestry with ethnic patterns on the walls
    • Light blankets, bedspreads, patchwork quilts
    • Multicolored carpets, paths, floor mats
    • Fringes, tassels, macramé, straw, beads
    • Flower pots with living plants and vases with dead wood
    • Various figurines and souvenirs
    • Picture frames, posters, pictures on the walls


    Boho style lighting

    • Large windows for natural light
    • Yellow warm electric light only
    • Artistic chandelier in crystal, glass, rattan or wood
    • Floor lamp by the armchair with diffused light
    • Table lamp with openwork lampshade
    • Homemade chandelier from bottles or cans
    • Glass sconces painted with stained glass paint
    • Many candles in different sizes candlesticks


    In the boho style, everything depends on the character and taste of the owner of the interior - he and only he should be cozy and comfortable between all these things Therefore, each boho interior is unique and reflects it's the character of whoever collected it.


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