Modern Bohemian Décor Ideas

Modern Bohemian Décor Ideas


Modern Bohemian is more than just an interior style – it tells a story of the inhabitants through its complexity. The word ‘bohemian’ refers to a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts. Therefore, to be called a bohemian means one who lives an eccentric lifestyle, often with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits.

The juxtaposition of contemporary and ethnic elements blends the boho look with antique architectural details and modern furniture pieces. It’s all about the layers! This post is for all those who wants to create a more personalized feel to their interior space, in particular for folks who enjoy their collectibles from their travels. The Modern Bohemian style doesn’t play by anyone else’s rules.

Although we love our travel treasures, you don’t want your home to look like a clutter of valuables. For those of you who wants to combine a modern contemporary style with boho features, here are some tips to create a modern bohemian design style.

Keep it Simple

Bohemian palettes are usually recognized with a burst of color, patterns, and textures around the space. To opt for a modern bohemian style, the key is to keep it simple by going for a plain base and then accentuating the space with the addition of a few patterns. That could be through wallpaper, pillows, rugs, and accessories.

Modern Furniture Pieces

Start with a few modern pieces of furniture, such as a contemporary couch and coffee table as your foundation. This will allow for a modern backdrop for the boho elements to be added to without it becoming overbearing. You can build and layer from here to achieve a modern bohemian look.


Keep Your Edge

The bohemian look is all about creating and building a home of treasured collectibles. Bring home bright, creative accessories that speak to you or items that capture the essence of your travels. This idea adds to the uniqueness of the style.

Design by Christen Ales Interior Design

Distressed Finds

Every piece of furniture or material adds to the overall bohemian style which is essentially about telling a story. Materials that look like they have lived a life and have a story behind them before coming into your space adds to the bohemian charm. Choose pieces that appear to have a personal history to them, and you could do this by sourcing items from local markets or artisans. Even better, these pieces could be family heirlooms that have sentimental meaning.

Mix It Up

The use of various materials, textures and patterns speaks for the unconventional style that the boho look stands for. Wicker gives a modern space an instant bohemian vibe. Leather, sheepskin and even a good cowhide rug will help create that style. Adding textures to the walls creates an additional richness to the space. Combine different pillow patterns rather than opting for a matching pattern. Create an eclectic intriguing space by mixing it all up – materials, textures, patterns!


Botanicals fit perfectly with the bohemian style as they are relaxing and add a depth to the room. Plants purify the air and add a pop of nature into the space. Hanging plants are a great addition to the look and adds some fun into the space. From a simple woven hanging basket to something more ornate or sculptural - a variety of plants in different scales accentuate the bohemian style.

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Contributed by Hannah Susan of Etch Design Group, LLC