When I think of Boho Chic, I think of rich textures, glorious colors, and lots of personality. The bohemian vibe is most prominently expressed through colorful ethnic rugs, lots of textile art, vintage finds, natural woods and colorful mismatched patterns. The chic aspect is brought to life by high quality materials, sculptural forms, and pieces that come with a pedigree.
There are 3 things to think about when designing a boho-inspired interior for yourself:
Add bold color and pattern choices
Choose accessories wisely and avoid clutter at all costs
Aim for a “collected” space that includes furniture and accessories from a wide array of style periods
Gone are they days of boho chic interiors that are reserved for hippies and sun-drenches shores of California. Today’s boho chic interiors are unapologetically bold and considered, packing a serious design punch. Today’s boho chic interiors are for collectors, art lovers, and families who love child-friendly comfort. My two favorite recent examples are by Young Huh, who transformed a room at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House into an unforgettably charming and fun art-lovers space.
My other favorite modern bohemian home was designed by Carrier & Co for Sylvana Ward Durrett, founder of Maisonette, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
I don’t even know where to begin in analyzing these two amazing spaces. The first thing that jumps out to me is the wonderful use of color that evokes so many happy emotions. The colors choices are both very playful and thoughtful. For color nerds, the rule of thumb to follow is to use colors that are complementary (opposite each other on the color wheel) or analogous colors (next to each other on the color wheel)…either option is great. We’ll talk more about triadic color schemes an split-complementary color schemes in another post.
The second thing I see when I examine these two modern bohemian spaces is the mixing of art. When choosing art for your space, don’t match your art to the space…in fact, art that feels like it doesn’t belong does wonders for a room. Interiors need to have some tension to feel interesting. And you will agree with me that both these spaces feel tremendously interesting!
The third element that comes to mind here is the use of classically french elements..be it a french inspired mirror, sconces, pedestal table or fireplace mantel. Classic french style mixes so well with modern interiors, that it’s almost impossible to live without. And this brings me to my point of modern bohemian spaces feeling “collected”…the spaces feel like they reflect the passions of the owners, and showoff wonderfully eclectic and varied collection of items…vessels, books, frames, and other delightful accents. Time to go raid an estate sale!
Another important element in modern boho chic homes is that every corner, every wall (ceilings too) is decorated. There are decorative elements on literally every surface. The ceiling will either feature beautiful moulding details and medallions, or it will be covered in a gorgeous wallpaper (at a minimum painted anything but white). Think backs of built-ins, inside closets (wallpaper surprise!), painted floors, and inset wall panels.
If you’re ready to reimagine your space into a modern bohemian home, check out my go-to shops to source boho chic finds:
Well, this one is obvious. Anthropologie is my first stop, yours too probably, for getting inspiration and finding well-priced accessories. Their gorgeous lighting collection is perfectly boho chic.
To me, nothing says Bohemian more than Anthropologie’s wood carved bed, it is so romantic and whimsical. After all, at the heart of Bohemian decor lies romance, the love of craft, materials and fanciful design.
To keep your space looking chic, make sure to declutter, and incorporate lots of french accent pieces, like these french mirrors, also found at Anthropologie…it’s doesn’t hurt to have a french marble fireplace, either.
I love St. Frank’s mission of bringing artisanal crafts and textiles to the people. Their buyers must have the best job traveling the globe seeking out amazing artisans in far flung corners. Their pieces are very diverse and you will find textiles from literally every part of the world (almost).
Check out Ro Sham Beaux for their fun beaded pendants…instant boho vibes with their famous lighting pieces.
Charlie Sprout has the prettiest woven accessories and gorgeous pompoms!
You couldn’t talk about boho chic design without mentioning amazing Justina Blakeney and her Jungalow wonderland. The rugs and art are truly unique finds.
Now it’s your turn to tell me what boho chic designs you love, where you shop and how you incorporate modern bohemian chic into your home! Thanks for reading, I look forward to hearing from you!