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45+ Bohemian living room ideas – boho decor and style

By Elise Hodge

Published: November 21st, 2019

With a mix of colours and textures, you'll love your relaxing boho living room.

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Boho is the modern take on the coastal beach interior design, which stays away from blues and shells and is all about natural beige white and textured materials. This creates a sense of calm and tranquillity for anyone, young or old, to enjoy their time in. It’s also a design that gives you the creative freedom to add as much, or as little, colour as you want. So let’s take a look at all the bohemian living room ideas that I’ve been inspired by.

1. A statement rug

No boho living room is complete without a fabulous statement rug and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. The mix of earthy tones inject colour and life to this living room. Without it, the room would be fairly white and plain. Along with the rug, the baskets full of hanging greenery add more colour and a touch of nature to the room.

Boho living room
Source: Black and Blooms

2. Jute style

This living room uses heaps of jute to create a natural feel. Recreate this look for yourself by choosing a jute rug in a rectangular or circular shape, then two small jute poufs to sit on, and decorate with tones of light timber. And don’t forget the greenery!

Boho living room
Source: Jo and June

3. Timber and greens

This colour palette is a match made in design heaven, and it’s pretty easy to create too. All you need to do is stick to timber furnishings and then decorate with similar earthy tones. In this small living room, orange-and-beige pillows have been added to the seat, as well as a gorgeous white fur piece. And to break it up, a lovely green plant has been added to the left.

Boho living room
Source: Jo and June

4. Green couch

You could flip the previous idea on its head and go for a green couch instead of a natural-coloured one. This incorporates a ‘nature’ feel without having to add too many plants. Once you’ve got your green couch, finish the room with a timber coffee table and little pieces of decor.

Boho living room
Source: Our South West Nest

5. White and bright

If you prefer less colour, keep your boho living room more simple by sticking to plenty of white. In this space, the white walls provide a beautiful foundation for the rest of the room. And the red brick framing the fireplace adds a warm touch.

Boho living room
Source: Cottage & Sea

6. Get creative with your art

Branch out from the usual art prints on the wall and choose colourful plates instead. This is an especially great idea if you’ve collected special pieces from overseas. Naturally, this will create a feature wall. So choose a focal point (in this case the TV) that you want to frame and go all out!

Boho living room
Source: smeltzhaus

Want some more inspo for you wall? Check out these feature wall ideas.

7. Dark grey couch

Can you do boho with dark furniture? Why yes, you can! Take this living room, for example. The dark-grey L-shaped couch contrasts perfectly against the white and beige walls. Bring the boho element into the room by placing art prints on a custom timber shelf and adding a timber bowl to your coffee table.

Boho living room
Source: Hartman Haus

8. Modern boho living room

This room may be a little more modern than it is boho – but it still has boho elements. First, there’s the black-and-white rug which sets the foundation for this room. And then there’s the vase full of greenery on the timber floating shelf, and the potted plant on the timber coffee table. It’s these little touches that add character and charm to your room!

Boho living room
Source: House on 77th

9. Mustard and green

Mustard is a really popular colour choice right now, especially when it comes to boho design. And while this living room maybe a little too chic to truly be boho, it certainly has boho touches. The mustard pillows on the couch bring colour and warmth to the room, and the greenery at the back adds a cool touch of nature.

Boho living room
Source: Bettina Brent

10. Brown leather and timber

This room is proof that you can use leather in a boho room, especially if it’s brown leather-like this couch. The room has boho elements with the timber-and-glass coffee table, the patterned rug, the jute poufs on the right, and the natural hanging light at the back!

Boho living room
Source: Bettina Brent

11. Nature-inspired art prints

One great way to decorate your walls, and bring more of the outside in, is to hang nature-inspired art prints. This adds a creative dimension to your room, and it also looks really great with your existing greenery!

Boho living room
Source: House on 77th

12. Choose a colour theme

The key to creating a well designed bohemian style living room is to choose a colour palette and stick to it. As we’ve already seen, the most common colours are earthy tones. And this small living room uses them so well! There’s the natural-coloured rug on the floor, the light timber sofa, dark timber coffee tables, and then the splashes of colour with the cushions and art prints behind the couch.

Boho living room
Source: Brianne Penney

13. Prints

It’s amazing how just a few art prints can create an entirely new style for your living room. If you want to create a transitional living room, then choose furniture pieces that can be adapted to any style.

Instead of hanging on the wall, why not display the prints on a shelf and then swap out the art prints to suit your changing personal tastes.

Boho living room
Source: Hartman Haus

This style is more muted boho than over-the-top with colour. But you could easily swap these prints out for something that pops with colour if you felt like it.

14. Warm tones

Create a rustic bohemian space by keeping your colour palette very warm. Your large pieces of furniture don’t have to be in warm shades but your rug, pillows and art prints should be. Choose a mix of similar tones to tie everything together seamlessly.

Boho living room
Source: Rebecca and Genevieve

15. Au natural

This living room looks like the perfect place to sit back and relax with a glass of wine in hand while soft music plays over your speakers. Create this look by using plenty of natural colours and incorporating features like a mix of large and small dried flowers around the room.

Boho living room
Source: Arrows and Bow

16. Mid-century boho

You may be surprised but mid-century and boho style go perfectly together. Take this living room, for example. The large rug brings in elements of boho while the hanging candle-style light adds a gothic touch to this beautiful large space.

Boho living room
Source: Our Faux Farmhouse

17. Full-length mirror

While a full-length mirror is a mainstay in your bedroom, you may not have considered one in the living room. But you may be surprised that a mirror like this one will add depth to your room, creating the illusion of more space. It’s the perfect choice for a small living room or one that needs a bit of added detail.

Mirror
Source: Navy Grace

18. Have fun with patterns and textures

This living room truly packs a punch! The design is bold and incorporates everything from bright blue to earthy tones to black and white and plenty of green. The most interesting thing about this space is its use of textures and patterns. First of all, there’s the double rug situation – where a fluffy white-and-black rug has been placed on top of a jute rug. Then there’s the fluffy white throw on the blue velvet chair. And lastly, there’s the mix of linen and velvet cushions on the brown leather sofa. Together, all of these colours, textures and patterns make for an inviting and warm room.

Boho living room
Source: Place of My Taste

19. Loud colours

This design is for the maximalist at heart – because no minimalist is going to want to style their living room this way. If you’re a go-getter when it comes to colours and patterns, then why not consider this design? There’s the bold blue couch with the earthy-coloured pillows, then there’s the small yellow coffee table, and there’s the green-and-yellow pouf, the black-and-white rug, the multi-coloured rug, the gorgeous art piece on the wall, and green plants to finish. Wow – there’s a lot going on in this room!

Now the key to making this style work is to choose a bunch of bright colours and weave them throughout the room. You can see that the green, yellow and blue throughout the space is also featured in the wall art – this helps to bring everything together nicely.

Boho living room
Source: Jungalow

20. Blue-and-red rug

If you want to step into your living room and feel cosy, happy and inspired, then this rug is the choice for you! It’s bold, bright and full of colour. And the design adds instant boho vibes to your space. Add a little bit of contrast to your living room with a pair of dark leather chairs and a dark bamboo planter basket to complement the rich tones in the rug.

Boho living room
Source: Jungalow

21. Mix and match

When it comes to a bohemian style living room, the key is to mix and match. This is a great way to give your house a lived-in and personal feel. This living room incorporates the use of rattan mid-century styles and industrial pieces to make it a unique space. The linen sand-coloured couch is the perfect base for layering other textiles. And the bright cushions and rug add a pop of personality.

Living room
Source: Collective Gen

22. Choose a unique coffee table

If you’re sick of the same old timber coffee table, then don’t fear – there are plenty of other options. And this one is just a little bit special. The textured black and pink add character to this room. And it looks great decorated with a small round timber tray, a candle, a neat pile of books, and a cute yellow vase of flowers.

Boho living room
Source: Lulu and Georgia

23. Get creative with your lighting

How cool is this ceiling light? Have you ever seen a shaggy light before? I sure haven’t. So when I found this, I knew I had to share it with you. This fits the boho theme so well, and it adds a whole lot of character to this room. It also creates a focal point that draws the eye.

Boho living room
Source: The Glitter Guide

24. Natural sideboard

When creating your boho living room, it can be easy to get caught up in searching for the perfect couch or rug. But a cabinet is just as important to your space, especially if you have a lot of it. If you need to fill one wall of your room, then a piece like this will do the trick! And the best thing is that you can use it as a base to add bold art prints and little pieces of decor.

Living room
Source: Lulu and Georgia

25. Moroccan style

Bring a twist of Morocco to your bohemian living room by using pops of timber, white, burnt orange and gold. This is a lot more refined than most boho living rooms. And I think that’s because of the elegant gold floor lamp that stretches up and over the space with two lights.

Living room
Source: Lulu and Georgia

26. Create height with plants

Most boho living rooms have a lot of dimensions to them. And this one is no exception. The design incorporates a beautiful large plant in the back corner of the room. But the best thing about this plant isn’t the greenery itself, it’s the clever use of a small black stool to bring height to the plant. This helps create levels, which adds detail and interest to your space.

Boho living room
Source: The Glitter Guide

If you have limited sunshine in your home, you’ll want to pick a plant that doesn’t need it to keep growing. Take a look at our guide on picking the right indoor plant for your living room.

27. Think about the little touches

If you want to create a living room that’s truly yours, then it’s important to think about all of the little personal touches you can add. The first thing that stands out to me in this living room is the white-and-striped Turkish towel hanging over the back of the brown leather couch. This subtle addition adds more character to the space, and makes it a bit more boho!

Boho living room
Source: The Glitter Guide

28. Dark and moody

If you want to create a masculine living room but still keep it in line with the boho theme, then go for it. Choose dark timber floors, dark brown furniture and heavy curtains. But incorporate boho elements with a colourful patterned rug, touches of orange, and plenty of greenery.

Boho living room
Source: Andrea Groot

29. Green, green and more green!

If you haven’t gathered by now, the colour green is central to the boho style. It’s usually intertwined with the use of plants. But in this living room, it’s also incorporated with a cosy green velvet couch. Not only does this couch look very comfortable, but it adds a big pop of colour to this space.

Living room
Source: Jani Olsson Deler

30. Thoughtful layout

When coming up with your bohemian living room ideas, you need to think about the layout. This is important because it makes a huge difference to the functionality of the room and how you will feel in the space. This living room is a great example of thoughtful design. It includes a long brown-leather couch on the right, two single chairs, and a long wood coffee table that serves all three seating areas. And the colourful rug brings all of these elements together perfectly!

Boho living room
Source: The Glitter Guide

31. Green and blue

We’ve already discovered that you can’t go wrong with green in a boho space. But have you considered combining it with blue? This living room is a beautiful example of this. It has a gorgeous rug on the floor (which I think is an IKEA pick), a beautiful blue-green couch, and a lovely single green chair on the right.

Boho living room
Source: Fridlaa

32. Double up on rugs

If you have a hard-surfaced floor, make it more comfy to walk on (and warmer in winter) with rugs on the floor. While people tend to stick to one rug for any given space, there’s no reason why you can’t add more. This living room is the perfect example of this – it includes a dark purple rug at the back and a bold red rug at the front of the space. Remember there are no rules with Bohemian design, except that more is more.

Boho living room
Source: Turbulences

33. Detailed walls

While the furniture is usually the hero of your living room, it doesn’t have to be the only thing. One way to add charm and character to your home is to incorporate wall panelling. This is a great choice if you want to add detail to your walls without painting them a bold colour. And this living room is the perfect example of this style.

Boho living room
Source: Pampa

34. A feminine touch

This is a comfortable, creative, and inspiring room that’s just brimming with good vibes! I love the small jute poufs that create extra seating on the rug. The combination of natural and warm tones make this a very inviting space. And the completed look is a mid-century space with a feminine boho touch.

Boho living room
Source: Justine Celina

35. Parisian with a boho twist

The moulding on the fireplace and the ornate gold mirror make this living room very Parisian chic. But instead of sticking strictly to this theme, the design diverges and incorporates a very boho-esque red rug. This makes for an elegant yet fun space!

Living room
Source: Domino

36. Neutral palette

Here’s another example of a beautiful neutral palette that’s awash with bohemian beauty. It incorporates rattan furniture, layered Persian-style rugs, and brown and cream tones. I personally love the ceiling light (I think that’s an IKEA special) and the hanging timber chair – how fun!

Boho living room
Source: Reserve Home

37. Colourful pouf and cute cushions

This living room is a slight twist on the one before in that it’s got a gorgeous timber hanging chair and a lovely large rug. But what sets this space apart are the little details. The pouf on the floor adds a whole lot of colour, and the interestingly-shaped cushions on the couch infuse character!

Boho living room
Source: Reserve Home

38. Minimalist boho

Keep things simple by adding a three-seater timber couch to your space and dressing it up by hanging a single piece of decor on the wall – in this case, a dream catcher.

Boho living room
Source: Hunker

39. Pretty in pink

This is a very classy boho living room. The timber in the chairs and natural colours in the rug ground the room, while the pink couch and pops of white and grey add life to the space.

Boho living room
Source: Vintage Revivals

40. Fluffy white wall art

OK, I’ve got to be honest with you. I didn’t really know what to call this one, because I’ve never seen it before. But isn’t this fluffy white wall art so interesting? It just proves that there really aren’t any limits to what you can hang on the wall. If you like it, give it a go!

Boho living room
Source: A House in the Hills

41. Boho elements in a simple space

Sometimes you don’t need heaps of poufs to get on the boho train. Draw inspiration from this Scandi-chic beach house, which incorporates some bohemian elements (traditional textiles, plant life, wood accents) to create a design that’s both relaxed and flexible.

Boho living room
Source: Hunker

42. Glam boho

How fabulous is this space? The white walls create the perfect blank canvas for the colourful accents, which include a gorgeous dark blue sofa, vintage tropical rattan swivel chairs, and an assortment of seascapes.

Boho living room
Source: Hunker

43. Small space boho

If you live in a studio apartment, create a distinct living room and bedroom by separating them with a divider. The rattan style of this divider is very boho, and complements the brown leather couch!

Boho living room
Source: Hunker

44. IKEA inspired

Can you believe that most of what you see in this living room is from IKEA? This proves that you can do a boho living room makeover on a budget. And I love how the design doesn’t take boho too seriously – how cute is the cat pillow?

Boho living room
Source: Connie and Luna

45. Rustic desert style

Take boho to the desert with a rustic, industrial space. While this has heavy industrial influences (the concrete floor and leather furniture), the deep purple rug under the couch and shaggy black-and-white rug at the front add a boho touch.

Boho living room
Source: The Joshua Tree House

Are you feeling inspired to create a beautiful boho space? I know I am! I personally love boho pops of colours on a blank canvas. But I’d love to hear your thoughts – comment and tell me which design is your favourite.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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