Think artist, think hippy, think gypsy – then think classy.
“Boho chic” has been a trend that has comes into the spotlight every few years – but never disappears entirely – since it was popularized in the 1960s. (Some elements even date back to the Pre-Raphaelite women in the mid-19th century. Cool, huh?) But just as the “starving artist” lifestyle has gone on a downswing, “modern boho” has seen a correlated increase in sophistication. In other words, it isn’t just about the artsy or the imaginative anymore; it’s about elevating boho to a more refined taste. (You can even see that some of those classic boho elements are making their way mainstream.)
The best part about modern boho is that you don’t have to start from scratch. Whether you’re planning a total overhaul or a quick home facelift, incorporating bold patterns, woven textures and gorgeous textiles into a room can result in a sophisticated boho paradise.
While boho home decor once meant confusing – yet appealing – splashes of color and texture, 2018 calls for a more reserved approached. Interior designers are sticking to tighter color palettes (pastels are big this year) and using accents as more diverse elements. Incorporating your more classic furniture items allows a bit more free range when choosing decorative elements and adds a bit of balance and class.
Hand Tufted Wool Blanket Rug, $149 – $399, nordstrom.com – Calligaris Tweet Coffee Table, $790, bloomingdales.com – Beige Chesterfield Sofa, $922, houzz.com – Boho Feathers Window Curtains, $80.10, houzz.com – Anatolia Print Throw, $339, neimanmarcus.com – Primavera Decorative Pllow, $60, bloomingdales.com – Boho Pillow, Gold and Gray, $59, houzz.com – Indigo Hand-loomed Inkat Boho Pillow, $75, houzz.com – Palecek Woven Rattan Hourglass Stool/Side Table, $454, laylagrayce.com – Jena Bronze Beaded Mirror, $1,560, belleandjune.com
The bathroom is a good place to start and try your hand at boho decorating. Because it is more of a confined space, you can test out how to mix and match your accent pieces. Start with a bold wallpaper (interestingly enough, visual patterns actually help wake you up in the morning), and jazz up the powder room with bold bathroom essentials.
Petra Vase, $58, nordstrom.com – Pigeon & Poodle Corfu Baskets, $420, laylagrayce.com – Bali Leaves Wallpaper, $48 per roll, burkedecor.com – Chelston Bath Set, starting at $31.20, belleandjune.com – Anneline Sophia “Aztec Boho” Shower Curtain, $99, houzz.com – Airen Grove Hook Rack, $28, nordstrom.com – Force Wall Art, $306, nordstrom.com
This is your space – go crazy. Your bedroom design should speak to your softer side, and decorating boho will radiate calm, yet creative, energy. Adding elements like woven furniture and ceramic sculptures can certainly give you that eclecticness that you crave.
Jeffrey Alan Marks Malawi Occasional Chair, $1,687, laylagrayce.com – O.B. Designs Love Mobile, $64.95, nordstrom.com – Palecek Coco Ruffle Mirror, $1,245, neimanmarcus.com – John King Duvet Cover, $975, neimanmarcus.com – A&B Home Ceramic Catcus, $25, nordstrom.com – Bliss Studio Etacle 2 Drawer Bedside Table, $995, laylagrayce.com