Bohemian living room ideas – 13 inspiring ways to embrace a modern boho look

Bohemian living room ideas and tips to help you recreate the aesthetic of the seventies and get the modern boho look

Bohemian living room ideas featuring a patterned, fringed sofa with rug, coffee table, Swedish clock and yellow armchair
(Image credit: Future/Oliver Perrot)

If you are searching for bohemian living room ideas, then you've come to the right place. 

Popular during the seventies – when woven furniture, warm color schemes and indoor planting reined supreme – boho decorating trends are everywhere, from the catwalk to design fairs, and it isn't hard to see why. 

We explore the most stylish ways to embrace the bohemian look in your home. Adding them to your living room ideas moodboard will give it a color and pattern boost, which may be just what you are looking for.

Bohemian living room ideas

We've included a range of bohemian living room ideas – from the minimal, pared-back boho look for small spaces, to the all-out boho living room for the decor adventurous.

1. Pick a bold color scheme

Bohemian living room idea with abstract wallpaper, a chaise in green and orange, green rug and lamp.

(Image credit: Future / Davide Lovatti)

If you love bright or daring colors, then bohemian living room ideas are the way to experiment with them. 

Natural living room color schemes do tend to suit boho styles best – but to stop the scheme tipping into a country feel, you might want to use punchier shades, such as this jewel green and spicy cinnamon, and abstract patterns over botanicals.

2. Go for a pared back look in a small space

Boho living room ideas illustrated by a patterned, fringed sofa with rug, coffee table, Swedish clock and yellow armchair

(Image credit: Future/Oliver Perrot)

Bohemian living rooms are famously busy – but if you are looking for small living room decorating ideas, keeping the room clutter-free will allow the space to breathe – and be showcased. Invest in a few signature, hero pieces and add a stylish spin with creative cushions and foxy prints in mixed repeats. 

We love the diversity between the oversized leaf motif on the rug and the smaller-scale sofa upholstery. The color block walls and armchair keep things uncomplicated and statement. 

3. Dare to go bold in boho living room ideas

Bohemian living room ideas example with pink walls, wicker sofa and side table

(Image credit: Future / Jan Baldwin)

Classic florals are the main players in most bohemian living room ideas, but you can throw in ditsy prints, stripes, geometrics and folksy designs, too. 

In this space, shades of rose bloom in the flamboyant scheme, with touches of burnt orange to give a nod to the tropical heat.

4. Unleash your wild side with a jungle palette

Bohemian living room idea with patterned wall and rattan furniture

(Image credit: Future / Neil Mersh)

Create a bohemian vibe in your living room by mixing leaf motifs, natural textures and bold color for a look that is totally tropical. 

Best in high-traffic areas, sisal works well edged with vivid color, while the screen here echos the trellis designs we often see in gardens.

5. Decorate with textural materials

Bohemian living room ideas illustrated with brick walls, long green drapes and wicker furniture.

(Image credit: Future / Adrian Briscoe)

Texture in interior design is vital, and no more so than in bohemian living room ideas. It is, quite literally, woven into the fabric of a designer's vocabulary and practice. 

Creating texture is not simply just about how decor and soft furnishings feel, but it's also about 'visual texture' – using different materials to add interest and breathe life into a room. 

Here, woven elements combine with wood, metal and brickwork to provide a visual feast for the eye – a common theme in boho decorating schemes.

6. Combine boho style with mid-century modern design

Bohemian living room with mid-century modern furniture and chesterfield sofa

(Image credit: Future / James Merrell)

With their classic looks and pared-back style, mid-century living room ideas are enduringly popular. 

As well as being driven by advances in technology, mid-century design was also inspired by the natural world, with wood widely used for furniture.

This is where bohemian style merges beautifully with this look for a casual, laid-back take on mid-century modern. Indulge your space in a plethora of houseplants and a trio of colors for a truly unique boho room that won't date in a hurry, if at all.

When you are mixing styles, consider more restrained living room paint ideas – for example, in this gray living room idea above, the pale gray doesn't fight for attention, but offers a calm backdrop.

7. Take a gutsy approach to decorating

A white brick fireplace, feature wallpaper and blue sofa illustrated bohemian living room ideas.

(Image credit: Future / Paul Massey)

Sometimes when designing a living room, you just need to stop worrying about what goes with what and go with the flow, follow your instincts and choose patterns, colors and furniture that make you happy – and that is exactly what we have here.  

In this bohemian living room, simple silhouettes are met with offbeat touches, and punctuated with patterns and accessories that lend a generous nod to the seventies – one of the eras rising in living room trends for the year ahead.

8. Bring in bohemian style furniture – and pattern

Bohemian living room idea with colorful furniture in a light space with french windows.

(Image credit: Future / Matthew Williams)

Furniture and fabric are an important part of bohemian living room ideas, because these schemes are often pattern-filled. 

In choosing designs, it's best to look for options with curves, uneven lines or botanicals in them – anything too formal or graphic will steer the scheme away from the boho look. 

Ramp up the boho feel with shapely, playful accessories in bright, contrasting tones.

9. Go for a nod to seventies style

Bohemian living room Seventies style with a large leather sectional sofa.

(Image credit: Future / Armelle Habib)

Bring true seventies style into the modern era with a simple take on bohemian decorating. 

Firstly, keep the space calm. You know how it works: color and pattern need calming with lots of off-white or beige. Introduce made-you-look details that will make the scheme personal. 

This bespoke U-shaped sectional fits the space perfectly, while the patterned rug in complementary tones creates a bohemian living room that still feels sophisticated, contemporary and entirely liveable.

10. Focus on the small details

A bohemian living room idea with gray walls and a buffalo skull.

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Not all boho schemes need to be obvious. Sometimes it is the little details that make all the difference. 

In this subtle bohemian living room, carefully chosen flea-market finds and vintage-inspired pieces look chic, not cheap, while the ubiquitous gray color scheme adds an element of moody modernity to a cozy living room.

11. Introduce a flamboyant flair to your living room

Bohemian living room with diamond check sofa, mid century modern coffee table and wicker chair.

(Image credit: Future / Adrian Briscoe)

In strong boho living room ideas, it’s important to have a clear, unfussy canvas to build on. 

Stick to white walls and flooring – the room will immediately look modern, and anything you add, from paint effects to standout furniture and planting displays, will be the stars of the show.

Again, you can see in this space that mid-century modern style has had a strong influence on the overall design. 

12. Clash color and pattern

Clashing color boho living room ideas illustrated by a combination of blue, brown and zebra print rugs and colorful accessories in a white scheme.

(Image credit: Future / Paul Raeside)

Often seen on the catwalk, pattern and color clashing has now made its way into the modern home. 

Be bold by mixing abstract designs, bright colors, stripes and boho florals for an inspired scheme straight from the pages of a fashion magazine, like in the eclectic living room picture above.

13. Create an elegant bohemian living room

A living room decorated in pink and blue with abstract artwork and two blue chairs.

(Image credit: James Merrel/Future)

Say 'bohemian living room' and you might envisage a space that's so laid-back it slips into being a little untidy or unplanned. However, you can create a streamlined space that's smart and elegant while still embracing boho style. 

How? The trick is in the bold choice of colors – particularly combinations that you might not normally pair up – artwork (think: abstract), and accessories (think: eclectic). 

But, as you can see from the space above, the look can be conjured up in a way that feels sophisticated, too.

How can I make my living room bohemian?

‘The modern bohemian living room is a place where creativity, individuality, and a wild mix of color and pattern meet in a contemporary environment,’ says Emily Henson, author of Bohemian Modern

This trend gives the traditional boho look a contemporary overhaul, with a peppier color palette, lighter woods and practical, functional pieces designed for modern living. 

‘Whitewashed walls, paint effects, bare floorboards and polished concrete are brought to life by vibrant rugs and wall hangings, a woven chair or two, and a veritable jungle of house plants – clustered in pots, hanging from the ceiling or even growing on living walls.’ 

How do you style a bohemian living room?

A bohemian living room is successfully styled with tons of texture – such as wicker, seagrass and wool – layered one over the other, along with low level seating, and low-slung coffee tables. 

Characterized by lots of pattern, fun, bright colors, and plenty of vintage finds – from furniture from different eras to quirky accessories – bohemian living room ideas often feature a ton of house plants, too.

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.