Did you know the interior design industry is worth $17.5 billion?

With such a huge industry, there are a ton of options out there when it comes to decor, but bohemian interior design is one of the most popular. How can you achieve this look for yourself, though? What trends are out there that you can incorporate into your own space?

Read on to learn everything you need to know.

How to Achieve a Bohemian Style

The first thing you need to learn: What elements are the most prevalent in the bohemian style? From colours to lighting to patterns, there are a lot of options out there to choose from.


Warm, earthy colours are the most commonly seen in bohemian decoration, along with metallic and jewel tones. Think greens, greys, deep browns, orange, dark blue, and even purple when you're choosing colours and accessories. The more you can combine and layer when you're decorating, the easier time you'll have with achieving this style.

Materials and Patterns

You also don't need to be afraid of mixing patterns and textures. Whether you think they would go together in a "conventional" fashion or not, pairing items up to simply see the outcome is always worth a try.

Starting with a simple base fabric — like a solid colour on your couch — and then layering with a fun vintage patterned throw blanket or multi-coloured pillows is a solid way to incorporate bohemian design into your space.

If you want lighter colours, though, like white and beige, you should know they do have their place in bohemian design. Both colours can provide much-needed visual space in busy or darker rooms.

Lighting and Furniture

Ambient, understated lighting can help unify your bohemian design. Opting for vintage lamps and lanterns, candles, and even floor and table lamps is a great way to create the room you're wanting. If you don't feel like searching around, there are still plenty of options out there for you to choose from. 

For furniture, the same applies. Simple, understated pieces can make a big impact on your space as a whole, and also help make the room that much more inviting and cosy. Throw rugs or overstuffed pillows can double as floor seating when you have guests over, along with chaise lounges or daybeds if you're looking for furniture pieces.

While you can look online to find the options you're wanting, exploring secondhand and vintage stores would be a great way to bring bohemian energy into your home as a whole. Each piece you find at a store like that can tell its own story, and you're not as likely to find anything like it outside that store once you leave.

Trends to Watch

Now that you know more about what goes into creating a boho home design, it's time to move into trends that you should be on the lookout for. Whether it's creative storage solutions or learning to play with colour, you can find them here.

Tight Colour Palettes

If you're looking for an urban boho feel, then it's best to keep your colour palettes minimal. This means picking three to four shades and then staying within that range. You can bring in more variety with different textures and shapes to play up your space without making it feel overwhelming.

Remember, you're not aiming for perfection here, but urban boho spaces are a bit cleaner than normal boho spaces. They're meant to bring in the same level of cosiness without all of the loudness that comes with other spaces.

Be Bold

Outside of an urban feeling, bohemian style interior design is all about being bold. Mixing patterns or colours that you wouldn't typically see together is a great way to experiment with this, but so is placing those bold floor rugs among simple walls and furniture.

The overall feeling you want your space to have is obviously up to you, but the biggest thing to remember is that being bold anywhere and everywhere can help you get to achieve your bohemian dreams.

Natural Wood

Bringing natural wood into your space is another bohemian trend that isn't likely to die down soon. The material is one that just works well with a lot of boho spaces. It brings in just the right amount of natural texture and colour without making your home feel like a forest, and it's perfect for bringing the outdoors into your space.

For storage, you can also get creative with apothecary drawers. These unique pieces are available all over antique shops, and they're great for storing all kinds of items in your home. You can get small ones for your jewellery or bigger ones to act as a dresser. 

For a bohemian dining space, you can dress up a natural wood table with mismatched placemats and tableware. Add a few eclectic, mismatched chairs to complete the look.

Whatever you decide you'd like, natural wood in your home is simple to play up and perfect for a nice touch without overwhelming the space.

Create Some Storage

One of the easiest ways to bring urban boho energy to your home is by incorporating baskets. Whether they're wicker or wire baskets, they bring an element of cosiness to the room, and they make it easy to hide things in plain sight.

Whether you want to place blankets or workout gear inside is up to you, but nobody would ever know the difference.

For a more cohesive look, you can purchase matching baskets. For a bit of variety, though, you can combine several different kinds of baskets. One thing you should always do, though, is try to stick to the same colour family.

Lots of Light

Nothing screams boho like a bright area to sit in while you drink coffee or host your guests. During the day, opening the shades and letting in the sunlight can give your space an entirely new feeling that you might not have thought was possible. 

To make dark areas brighter, you can grab a industrial style mirror and place it near a window. Not only will this help the space feel bigger, but it's going to help light bounce off the mirror and reflect it into the rest of your home.

You can also hang sheer window treatments to bring in natural light rather than blocking it out fully. No matter what you choose to do, allowing that natural light into your space can help the entire thing feel that much airier and fresh when you're spending time at home.

Tall Shelving

Another way to make a small space feel big is with tall shelving. Not only can open shelving help you clear out things you might not want anymore, but it also allows you to get more creative with what you choose to place on them. Books are a more bohemian decoration than you might think, but so are colourful vases and plants.

You can also get creative with layering on deep shelving. Placing items behind your books or inside boxes can help you hide items that might not have a home, but also might not be what you want guests to see.

You can play up shapes with round features like a globe or vase on one shelf, and then add a fixture to another that allows you to separate it into different sections even further. If you're tight on storage, this method can help make all the difference when you're trying to experiment with your home.

The great thing about taller shelves is that they draw the eye up, so your belongings don't look like they've been piled onto one piece of furniture.

Get Creative

The thing about boho decor is that there aren't any rules or a "right" and a "wrong." It's about what you like.

So, if you have bohemian energy throughout your space, but then you throw in elements of midcentury modern design, it's still a bohemian room. The point of this trend is to play around with the things you enjoy to make them your own, so have fun with it and try not to overthink the process.

Ready to Explore These Bohemian Interior Design Trends?

Now that you know a bit more about the best bohemian trends out there, are you ready to get started? Whether you're moving into your first apartment or simply redoing a few rooms throughout your home, working with bohemian interior design is a great way to bring a feeling of calm and aesthetic into your home.

If you're looking to incorporate this style into your home, check out our room-by-room shopping guide.

June 21, 2022 — Vincent and Barn