If you spend any amount of time in stores or online shopping, you’ve probably noticed the rise of “boho” design trends. Boho, or bohemian, style is defined by it’s eclectic use of patterns and colors, natural elements, and casual feel. There are some misconceptions that this design style is unrefined and busy - and it certainly can be taken to those extremes – but what if we told you that you can create a boho space that still looks elegant and upscale? If you love the cozy feeling of the boho style, but you want to maintain a sense of tasteful restraint in your space, here are our top three tips:
1. Look for high-quality, solid wood and rattan furniture with natural finishes
One of the foundational parts of the bohemian style is its celebration of nature. Solid wood, cotton, and other plant-based materials are perfect for furnishing boho spaces. We recommend incorporating solid wood furniture with natural stains and finishes for this style. Natural wood tones provide a lovely sense of warmth and create a neutral color palette that is flexible for accessories and decor. When selecting furniture, make sure you are choosing quality pieces. Poorly made or cheap furniture will make your space look less refined, and it will also wear out much faster than quality furniture. If you need help finding pieces for your home, our store carries a wide variety of solid wood furniture that would pair wonderfully with the boho style! We also recommend incorporating rattan furniture, which is a hallmark of the boho trend. Rattan is a natural material that can provide interesting texture in your space. If you are interested in incorporating rattan into your space, we have a beautiful selection of rattan accent chairs in our Roanoke showroom.
2. Incorporate colorful, hand-knotted rugs to add vibrancy to the space
The boho style is all about mixing patterns, colors, and textures to create interest in the space. One of the ways this look is achieved is by incorporating vibrant area rugs. Many boho spaces will have multiple rugs that complement each other and ground the various furniture groups in the home. At Reid’s Fine Furnishings, we offer an assortment of colorful, hand-knotted rugs for you to choose from. We recommend working with our design staff when selecting rugs to ensure that you get the appropriate size and color scheme for your space. Once you’ve selected your rugs, you can continue to accessorize your space by using the rug’s colors as a guide; this ensures that the space looks cohesive.
3. Accessorize with an assortment of natural materials
Accessorizing your space is probably the most important step for the boho style. We recommend decorating with a variety of pieces derived from nature. Accessories like house plants, ceramic and stone décor, and woven baskets can be great pieces for a boho look. We also recommend using throw pillows and blankets with different patterns and textures to accent your furniture. While you are shopping for décor, keep in mind that there is a risk of over-accessorizing when it comes to boho style. To avoid making your space look cluttered, make sure the accessories in your space are grounded with your furniture and have “room to breathe.” If you are not sure how to get started with decorating your home, we would love to help you! Our showroom offers a wide selection of art and décor; plus, our design staff can help you find pieces that perfectly compliment your design vision!
We hope you find these tips helpful as you create your bohemian space!