How to Decorate in Boho Chic

Updated July 20, 2017

There are many decorating styles to transform the interior of a home, ranging from sleek modern schemes to relaxed country-style designs. A relatively new way of creating an interesting space is boho chic, which is a style that includes a vibrant colour palette, vintage thrift-store finds, mix-and-match fabric patterns, antique mirrors, speciality lighting fixtures, brightly hued candles and travel-themed accessories. Creating a boho chic decor is fairly simple, and the result is an eclectic decor with a bohemian stylish flair.

Use a vibrant colour scheme. Boho chic decors are often colourful and vibrant. Add jewel-toned hues, such as purple, orange, green, yellow, red and blue, for walls, furniture, rugs and accessories to give the space a lively backdrop for the additional layers of design.

Incorporate thrift-store finds. Shop thrift stores and garage sales for interesting vintage furniture pieces, such as coffee tables, shelves, desks, headboards and dressers. Furniture that has a patina or slightly worn edges is perfect for adding a bohemian element to any room.

Mix and match fabric patterns. Boho chic decorating utilises a myriad of different fabric colours, designs and textures to create an unusual artistic style. Add textile patterns with items such as pillows, throws, tapestries, area rugs and window treatments, to make a space that is eclectic in design with a bohemian flair.

Hang an unusual mirror. Accent the entire boho chic design with a large antique mirror. Hang it on a focal point wall over a couch, above a bed or against a fireplace mantel for an interesting piece that reflects light and adds a stylish touch to the space.

Use a speciality lighting fixture. As a spectacular focal point to any boho chic space, hang a large chandelier over a table or above a bed. Incorporate styles with bright colours in traditional designs for an interesting contemporary twist to the entire decorating scheme.

Decorate with candles. Add an layer of ambient light to the space with the addition of vibrantly-hued candles in candle holders. Create colourful mosaic or beaded heat-resistant vessels to display candles, and place them on a coffee table, kitchen island or sideboard for soft lighting in the boho chic space.

Add eclectic accessories. Boho chic decor uses many style elements from different cultures to create its signature look. Mix and match all types of items from foreign lands, such as Moroccan lanterns, Italian tapestries, German clocks, Persian rugs and Mexican urns, for a decor that has maximum visual appeal.


Use a fabric swatch as an inspiration for the colours in the room. Choose a colour palette of either cool or warm colours for optimal visual cohesiveness.


Supervise candles when lit, and keep away from small children and pets.

Things You'll Need

  • Interior wall paint in jewel-toned hues
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint roller pans
  • Paint rollers
  • Vibrant area rugs
  • Thrift-store furniture in bright colours
  • Patterned textiles
  • Antique mirror
  • Speciality chandelier
  • Colourful candles
  • Mosaic or beaded candle holders
  • Eclectic accessories
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About the Author

Based in upstate New York, Amy Mosher has been writing interior design and lifestyle articles since 2005. She is a prolific professional blogger, designer, artist and writer for various websites. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mansfield University and is a graduate of the Sheffield School of Interior Design.