Nail your boho chic bedroom look with these simple decor tips that will reignite your joy of travelling to fabulous faraway destinations.
Colourful, bold, and eclectic are some of the words that characterise bohemian decor. As the design style evolved over the years, it has drawn influences from a variety of decor styles. From maximalism, to minimalist design, and transitional style, just to name a few, boho decor is very much a mix and match of cultures, travel experiences, vintage finds, and anything in-between that bring you joy.
So, for those who aspire to infuse this design style in their rooms to bring uniqueness to their abode, scroll down to find out a bit more about bohemian style, and how to pull off a boho bedroom decor to create that relaxed, laidback, and casual chic atmosphere at home in a way that works for you.
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What is Boho Bedroom Decor?
A boho bedroom decor exudes an effortlessly welcoming and relaxing yet elegant atmosphere that invites you to chill out. Nothing is too uptight or overly precious in a bedroom designed in a boho style.
Boho bedrooms embrace the principle of more is more. So don’t be afraid to layer rugs, different textures, colours, and patterns as part of your room decor. Add in quirky, vintage pieces, handcrafted materials and upcycled items to bring uniqueness to your bedroom.
The ambience in a boho bedroom tends to be a little unconventional, free-spirited, and it embodies a melting pot of cultures, countries, and travel experiences.
Drawing influences from hippy chic, Moroccan decor style, the Eastern world, and any country with superb handmade craftsmanship, a bohemian bedroom decor tells your personal story in a way that best resonates with you.
In terms of colours, a boho bedroom decor reflects the shades that influence its prominent design aesthetic. Minimalist boho bedrooms embrace soft white, beige, cream, light grey, and warm neutrals punctuated with earthy tones. A more colourful bohemian bedroom is vibrant with darker and moody shades of blue, yellow, brown, green, red, and purple hues on some occasions.
Whilst there is not a defined set of hard rules to follow when it comes down to putting together a boho bedroom decor, remember to do what feels right and works well for you. Below are a few items that you may find in a boho styled bedroom.
What Are the Elements of a Boho Bedroom?
There are a few interesting decorative elements that boho bedrooms tend to more or less showcase in quite unique ways. Some of them include:
- Colourful shades
- White and warm neutrals
- A variety of patterned throw pillows
- Handcrafted furnishings
- Original oversized light fixtures
- Low-level ambient lighting such as candles, indoor lanterns, fairy lights
- Casual chairs or low-seating pouffes
- Woven baskets and handmade pottery
- Fabric wall hanging such as macrame or a rug
- Arch-shaped wall decor and/or mirror
- Natural materials such as woven jute, rattan, warm wood, sisal, hemp, and bamboo
- Layered blankets and rugs with tassels or pom pom
- Lots of plants or botanical accents
- Vintage and upcycled items
- Cleverly mismatched accessories
- Rustic and consciously unfinished elements
- Handcrafted rugs, cushions, blankets, and furniture
Boho Bedroom Decor Essentials
Draw inspiration from the curated boho bedroom decor pieces below to start putting together a fabulous room that truly embodies your unique personality and style.
How You Can Decorate Your Bedroom Boho Style
Here are some easy-to-implement boho bedroom decor tips to pull off that design style like a pro. Have fun!
Showcase global influences
When planning your boho bedroom decor, start with all the beautiful decor pieces and souvenirs you have collected from the various places you have visited over the years.
From superb sculptures to handcrafted rugs, sumptuous fabrics, or a handwoven basket or pottery, find a way to cleverly juxtapose all these elements of your travel adventures in your bedroom.
Remember that a boho decor style is about celebrating global cultures and artistry that you like and your place in the world as a global citizen. Even if you have never been to faraway places on your bucket list, get online to source unique world items.
Check out Etsy, Crate & Barrel, Lulu and Georgia, Anthropologie, Serena & Lily, Andrew Martin, OKA, and any boutique furnishings stores that source handmade items globally.
Take the opportunity that you have to put together your boho bedroom decor to let your creativity shine. Be unique. Update an old piece of furniture such as a dresser with fresh paint or reupholster a bench or a footstool in a unique fabric.
Source quirky decorative accessories such as an old bicycle part or an interesting stool or wooden slats. Try to find an original way to use such items in a slightly different context.
You can use wooden slats to make a bed frame backdrop for example.
Embrace boho style by swapping a traditional dresser or bedside table with something a little more unique, such as a superb vintage trunk.
Alternatively, print and frame your holiday pictures, DIY some wall art decor, install your own painting on a studio easel in a corner of your room.
Upcycle some thrifted vases with cement or paint. Mix and match old and new furniture or decor pieces from two opposing design styles to create an eclectic decor. In simple words – be you.
Add handcrafted and vintage furnishings
There is no bohemian bedroom decor without a touch of handcrafted and vintage materials. From hand woven storage baskets, cushions or throws, to a vintage bed frame or side tables, think creatively about how best to infuse handmade furnishings in your bedroom in a way that creates an interesting mismatch of textures and decorative accessories.
On your bed, pair a Turkish kilim cushion with a West African bogolan mudcloth cushion. Next to them both, add a vintage Indonesian ikat fabric to adorn your boho bedroom with an infusion of sophisticated colours, patterns and textures.
Infuse Moroccan boho style
Moroccan decor style is so rich in handmade craftsmanship that it has inspired a whole boho style in itself. The design style was exported globally thanks to famous hippies in the 1960’s, artists, fashion designers, and the international jet-set, who all fell in love with Moroccan laid-back, effortlessly chic, and welcoming art de vivre.
To emulate Moroccan boho style, grace your bedroom floor with a Beni Ourain rug from semi-nomadic Moroccan Berber tribes or a Touareg rug from the nomadic Sahrawis in Western Sahara.
Alternatively, go low-key with a handwoven wool cushion or a Moroccan sabra pillow, commonly known as a cactus silk pillow. If none of the above takes your fancy, invest in a Moroccan leather or cotton pouffe, sophisticated ceramics, or fabulous lighting options to complement your room decor.
Layer different textures and patterns
Layering different colours, textures, and patterns epitomises bohemian decor. Whether you opt for a soothing or colourful boho bedroom decor, or something in-between, invest in textiles, furniture pieces, and decor accessories that create a layering effect.
In this context, experiment layering rugs of contrasting yet complementary design shapes, sizes, colours, and patterns. Use a similar approach for your bed with stylish cushions and throw blankets dressed up with either pom pom or tassels.
As for decorative accessories, curate a collection of vases, bowls, books, and other decorative objects of varying shapes, colours, and textures of asymmetrical designs that work well together.
In terms of furniture pieces, consider a bed frame in a superb patterned fabric seating alongside handcrafted wooden bedside tables to create a visually appealing contrast.
Add soft low-level lighting to complement your bedroom semi-flush ceiling light, pendant light, or chandelier. Wall lights and bedside lamps offer a more subtle, flattering glow than harsh ceiling lighting. Throw in some battery operated candles, LED fairy lights in glass domes, or indoor lanterns to add ambient lighting in your boho styled bedroom.
Add plants or botanical accents
Plants play an important role in a bohemian decor style. Even in a muted colour scheme, throw in a little bit of greenery or dried plants here and there. Alternatively, play with artificial plant garlands to create a unique boho bedroom decor. Woven jute, hemp, or macrame plant hangers are highly favoured in some boho styled rooms.
As for dried flowers, dried pampas grass remains the favourite indoor plant for those interested in creating a low-maintenance soothing room aesthetic.
You can also choose to depart from it all by simply using a beautiful wallpaper to accent a wall or turn into a wall art piece. Explore different options to see what works for your room.
Use warm neutrals
Consider a light colour palette if you want to prioritise sleeping in a calming bedroom environment. Play with off-white, cream, beige, greige, and light grey punctuated with earthy, terracotta hues to bring your bobo bedroom decor to life.
Set the scene with warm white or light grey wall painting. Focus on infusing warm wood furniture pieces in your bedroom to anchor the space. Cover your floor with a large woven jute, hemp, or wool rug. Layer it with a small to medium size off-white or grey faux fur rug to soften your feet landing.
As for decor accessories, accent your room with warm rustic textures of handmade pottery, rattan or sisal storage baskets, wooden or leather made trunks. Keep your window treatments light and airy with soft coloured curtains like linen drapes, calico panels, or blinds.
Try dark and moody shades
Dark shades of blue, grey, green, brown, burgundy, and purple are often considered in dark and moody decor schemes. In some cases a versatile deep red with dark undertones also does the trick.
To create a boho bedroom decor with one of these daring hues, paint your wall in one of these shades. Add a few accessories such as a throw blanket, a vase, a sculpture or a wall art decor in a lighter shade of the same deep colours to complement your decor scheme
Offset your chosen dark or moody shade by adding warmth in your bedroom with lighter fabrics and natural textures. Woven storage baskets, a bamboo or a rattan chair paired with a sisal or a jute rug will help enhance your boho bedroom decor.
Draw inspiration from the coastland
A coastal décor scheme is a great starting point to infuse boho style in your bedroom. Both design styles call for laid-back, relaxed, and casual living that are evocative of fabulous holidays and travel destinations.
Instead of going for a nautical blue colour palette, opt for relaxed warm neutrals to pull-off this style. Soft shell, off-white and beige linen textiles, lots of soft knitted cotton, weathered furniture, rustic timbers and beams work beautifully with this design aesthetics.
Keep coastal décor accessories to a minimum to allow both design styles to co-exist in a balanced and elegant way.
Infuse natural materials
No boho bedroom decor scheme is complete without a healthy dose of natural materials that help to bring the outdoors indoors to anchor your space.
Rattan furniture, warm wood side tables and chairs, woven jute, sisal, hemp, cotton, and bamboo are some of the beautiful textures you will find in a boho style decor.
Layer these complementary textures in a way that best fits the room style you are seeking to create.
Choose a low-level bed frame
Some rooms decorated in a bohemian style go for a low-level bed frame to convey that casual, laid-back, and hippy chic lifestyle.
A light wood, rattan, off-white, and sometimes colourful bed frame is chosen as the focal point around which all the other pieces of the bedroom are chosen from.
Opt for a similar approach to your room decor if you fancy sleeping on a low-level bed frame or a sleeping platform, akin to japandi styled interiors.
Add casual and low-seating
Elevate your boho bedroom decor with the ultimate hippy chic accessory – a hanging chair. Beloved in the seventies, a hanging chair is synonymous with an eclectic, relaxed, and free-spirited design aesthetic. Tuck it in your bedroom corner for some enjoyable down time.
Alternatively, opt for handcrafted floor cushions and pouffes to beautifully complement your bohemian decor. They are all about casual, relaxed, and effortlessly chic living.
Grab either item to create a cool hangout spot in your bedroom for reading, listening to music, or simply chilling out during the day or in the evening.
Hang a tapestry on wall
A fabric wall hanging such as a macrame, a rug, or a superb piece of handwoven textile is a very common find in a boho bedroom decor. They add that international and culture-rich vibe to any room scheme.
Elevate your own room with a piece of handwoven textile such as a silk ikat, a bogolan mud cloth, a Guatemalan hand woven Mayan textile, or a Peruvian frazadas (i.e. blankets).