In the Spotlight: Bohemian Design

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At some point in your life you will have come across Bohemian design whether you know it or not. Often referred to as Boho, the style is light and bright featuring many patterns and layers that will leave a lasting impression that you can’t forget. The word itself refers to someone who is typically socially unorthodox and goes against the grain. They are often rather arty and creative, all of which helps make them great interior designers and is perfect for an interior design option for a rich space full of visual activity and a carefree spirit. However, while we can talk about how relaxed and carefree the spirit of the design style is, there are some clear and distinctive style cues that are needed to get the look right without coming across as brash or heavy handed. 

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Simple base 

The start of any design style needs a solid foundation and Boho is no different. Bohemian style requires warm and earthy tones that create a perfect canvas for layering upon. Opting for a neutral base allows you to pile your creativity, expressive colour and most importantly pattern for the perfect Boho blend without it being in your face or too loud. The key to not coming across as too overbearing is to saturate the muted tones with colour, creating a harmonious and soothing space with expressive elements. Bright base tones can be applied to the style, however, you must make sure they aren’t too rich as it can result in a somewhat chaotic starting point. When it comes to longevity in a room, a neutral colour palette is always your best option. 


Botanicals are a great addition to a bohemian room as they are light, quirky and add a relaxed vibe while adding a dimension to any room. Furthermore, while we all know about the health benefits having plants in your room can add, they also add a pop of colour to your neutral base without interfering with the rest of the room. If you want to hang plants as well, it is a great way to add interest and depth to your space, the key to an excellent bohemian room is to be creative and expressive while adding depth and texture. Make sure your personality comes across in your space! From a simple hanging basket to something more ornate, having a variety of different plants in different sizes and shapes is a really striking way to bring a bohemian room to life. 


Layering is a must in any Boho room, it is simple, easy to achieve and adds texture to any area. What you are looking to do is contrast different patterns from rugs to cushions and throws to other parts of furniture. The key to layering with patterns is  to have fun and mix and match your patterns, get a little wild and have contrasting shapes, scales and patterns to create the bohemian vibe you’re looking for. However, while we say go wild with patterns, do keep consistency with colour throughout, as you don’t want the room to be overbearing or disjointed. Choose a selection of hues that you keep coming back to, either choose lighter pastels and stay there or darker more luxurious colours like burgundy, emerald green and deep purple. 

Bright Colours

When we think about bohemian decor, bright colours and hues are often the first things that come to mind, whether that be pinks or purples, oranges or yellows, the bolder the better when it comes to Boho design. Deluxe tones work perfectly in a bohemian room, instantly making a space feel comforting in a way that’s exclusive. 

Say no to Minimalism 

Boho style is one of the only top design trends that actually says no to minimalism, more is more here as you don’t want empty spaces or surfaces. The look is about being indulgent and airs on maximalism. With that in mind, the key is to keep the space curated and not just packed to the rafters with junk or whatever you can find. As stated throughout, expression, creativity and personality are at the heart of boho design, so be sure that everything you love and have collected over the years is on display. Make sure your collectables and trinkets tell a story, just be sure to make sure it’s not too overbearing, that there is enough space to highlight the rest of your decor and display your artwork. Make sure you stay away from looking like a hoarder but more of someone with a curated home of purpose. 

Distressed Furniture 

With shades of shabby chic, a boho room can really come together with furniture that looks like it has been lived in, it adds charm and looks like it’s had an interesting life before coming to you. Like it was sourced from a market in some far-flung part of the world. The key is to find pieces that appear to have a personal history about them, this can be achieved yourself through distressing, or by buying antiques. However, the more alluring the piece, the more bohemian the space will feel. The more eclectic the better!


The final element to a perfect bohemian space is layering with decorative items and textiles, whether that be cushions, throws or rugs. Boho style is all about layering! Different styles and patterns are key for a rich statement, layering one, two or even three rugs isn’t too much. Layers of cushions or throws will also add to the relaxed bohemian vibe that you are trying to achieve. The key to layering is that it should reveal more on a second or third look than it does on the first as layering colours, patterns and textures should add the creative and expressive element to the room.