Minimalist Boho Chic Home Decor Ideas
Originally a French word, “bohemian” referred to the Romani. A nomadic people originating in Northern India, who traveled around Europe and were also known as gypsies. Over time the word was used to describe anyone who embraced a life that loved and revolved around art, music, poetry, and philosophy.
Nowadays a Bohemian is a person who lives an artistic, free lifestyle. Their love and passion for the arts are more important than the pursuit of money, they don’t live by the rules of society. They generally dress and live in an exotic style most often inspired by the Hippie Movement of the ’60s and ’70s.
Boho chic decor is an interior design style of decorating one’s home in the bohemian tradition. It’s often characterized by a mix of furnishing styles and combinations of various bright colors, patterns, and textures. It evokes the sense of a world traveler, with items from many different cultures found around the world.
Contrary to what most people usually envision when they hear “bohemian decor” this home decorating style can be minimal and subtle. This post is to offer some inspo to those free spirits who want their living space to reflect their bohemian spirit but in a more calm neutral way.
Boho Chic Home Decor Ideas
To start, choose a neutral color scheme in calming shades of whites and creams. Then pick one or two accent colors. If possible select furniture pieces in warm wood tones with clean lines. They don’t need to be of the same design style, but keeping the same shades of wood throughout the house will tie everything together. Over time find eclectic pieces of art, pillows, rugs, and tapestries in your chosen color palette that represent your personal bohemian style.
This is usually the room in our house we spend the most time in and the room we entertain our guests. So it makes sense for the couch to be the main focal point. As much as possible, it should be large, comfortable, and inviting. Start by choosing a neutral color in a soft welcoming fabric. You can then add character by mixing and matching throw pillows and blankets in both your neutral and accent colors. Also, try playing around with different patterns and textures to add more dimension.
This is a good room to showcase your eclectic art. Whether they’re pieces from around the world or weekend flea market finds. Start a photo gallery or stack your book collection on some bookshelves along the walls.
Lastly anchor the room with a large area rug. Natural fiber rugs like those made from jute, are soft, can be dyed many colors, and add perfect boho earthy vibes.
Dining rooms traditionally tend to be a bit more on the formal side. But a boho-style dining room can be relaxed, chic, and inviting while also showing off your worldly style.
One way to create depth and dimension in the room is by incorporating various finishes, colors, and textures. Try mixing and matching the dining chairs with an assortment of upholstered fabrics, designs, and finishes.
The tableware is a great way to add color to this room! Find a full set with beautiful patterns and colors or mix several sets from the store. Better yet, if you love thrift shops and flea markets, make a hobby out of creating your own vintage china collection that you can add to whenever you come across a new plate, bowl, saucer, or teacup.
Wall paper is an easy way to add some color or designs to the room. And adding a woven light fixture of large pendant light creates drama and serves as a good focal point.
Lastly, a Moroccan-style rug serves as a great neutral foundation for the room and a few house plants will add some life, vibrancy, and color.
Bedrooms are my favorite rooms to decorate and turn into truly personal spaces.
A thick Moroccan or jute rug is comfy and a good place to start. To make a comfortable and inviting bed, create lots of layers out of pillows, blankets, and throws. Use various patterns and textures in the same shade family with one or two accent colors thrown in.
Turn your straw hat collection into a design element by displaying them on a wall. And another big design element in bohemian interior decorating is macrame tapestries. They look lovely hanging on the walls, can be added to the bed as a top layer, or as curtains either over windows or in place of doors.
Lastly, create some good energy and calm vibes with a Himalayan salt lamp and plenty of candles!
My last few boho decorating tips are to keep a couple of straw baskets with throw blankets around the house and sprinkle lots of indoor plants around in every room. Hanging them from the ceiling, place them on shelves and on the floor. There’s no such thing as too many plants in a bohemian style home
I hope you found this helpful, if you have any questions or comments please let me know in the comments below!