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How To Create the Bohemian look [+ free BOhO cheatsheet]

How to create the bohemian look

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Boho design is a mix of everything that makes you smile. When you think of Bohemian style, think of a flower child with a wild spirit and daisies in her hair.

The goal of bohemian design is to create a space that looks lived-in and comfortable.

Boho style in interiors embraces all that is eclectic, wanderlust-inspired and wonderfully unique.

Global textures, and patterns pay tribute to world travel, handmade crafts and vibrant, quirky treasures. Bohemian style reflects various cultures effortlessly thrown together. It’s a carefree, artsy look that boasts feminine details like fringes, knots and tassels.

Boho incorporates well-loved vintage pieces with bold colours, patterns and textures.

How to create the bohemian look

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Mix and match fabrics and styles

This “anything but boring” style embraces the philosophy that the more you mix and match, the better the result.

The key to a Boho room is to combine all your favourites for an eclectic look that reflects your personality. You can use natural materials such as burlap and mix them with elegant materials such as silk.

Most Boho fabrics and furnishings have a worn, well-loved look. Carpets have muted patterns and bold colours, pillows, curtains and poufs are globally inspired.

How to create the bohemian look

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Use canopies, wall hangings and macrame planters

Knot it. Tie it. Hang it up! Canopies, tapestries and wall hangings are common over beds as well as over living room seating areas. Anything fringed such as a macrame wall hanging or planter has the typical boho vibe.

Layer pom pom throws on the backs of couches and chairs, and try hanging tapestries and area rugs on the walls alongside photos and artwork.

How to create the bohemian look

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Showcase your love of travel

Bohemian decorating adds cultural touches to a space, highlighting world travels and a carefree, relaxed mindset. This style is definitely eclectic for those creative occupants who embrace an unconventional lifestyle.

How to create the bohemian look

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Celebrate mother earth

While there are no rules when it comes to Bohemian decorating, warm earthy colours are common, as are metallics and jewel tones.

You will want to think deep browns, greens, and greys for base colours, and then accessorise with saturated purple, fiery orange, and electric blue. Combining and layering colours is what makes this style unique.

How to create the bohemian look

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Get wild, child!

Feel free to mix patterns and textures, and do not be afraid to use styles that would not necessarily go together in a conventional way. Use dyed textiles and patterns from around the world to give the space a sense of fun and exoticism.

While saturated colour is key to Bohemian style, white ​can have a place as a backdrop for richer tones. Use white to strategically to bring a little visual space into the equation.

Try using multiple colours within a space, specifically fuchsia, cobalt blue, red, green and yellow. Washed-out versions of these colours will make items look well loved and worn—a Boho must!

How to create the bohemian look

Image Credit: Anthropologie

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