Are you a free spirit? Do you yearn for adventure, calm, and beauty? If that describes your personality, there’s a good chance you’ll want to bring a little Bohemian flair to your home. As a nomad (whether at heart or in reality), the free-and-easy, effortless vibe that this style gives off will be perfectly suited to your lifestyle.
Now, whether you’re a flat-out boho person, or just want to add that subtle touch of whimsy, you’re in the right place! But first, there’s one question we need to answer in more detail.
What is the boho look?
The Bohemian style (or “boho”, as it’s commonly called) is a fairly new style that takes its cues from so many different sources. Past decades is one of those sources – macrame and shaggy fur rugs are big right now, and we have the ‘70s to thank for that. Boho is almost synonymous with hippie style, a definite nod to the ’60s and ’70s.
Bohemian style also draws inspiration from specific ethnic styles. You are sure to find Moroccan, Southwestern, and Oriental influences in boho design. “Tribal” is one of the best words to describe this vibrant style.
And speaking of vibrant, can we just talk about how much we love the rich colors that so often define boho? Now, of course, if you prefer neutrals, there’s plenty of room for that. But there are so many ways to use color in boho design…who could resist? And no one would blame you if you went over the top, because over-the-top is what defines boho. That’s not to say you have to give up your minimalist personality, though! Boho homes can be either filled with stuff or clean and airy – it’s up to you.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s move on to our first tip!
Tip 1 – Collect unique pieces
Collecting unique pieces is a must. Vintage pieces, even if it’s just one or two, will make the room pop. Mix these finds in with practical, midcentury modern pieces, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for success. Don’t buy that matching couch and chair set. Going eclectic is key here. If you’re a traveler, always be on the lookout for unique pieces to bring back from your trips.
Be sure to consider all your choices. Patterned furniture, wicker, rattan, and leather – try to find a little bit of everything. Mix it up! Take a look at Jody Olivier’s Bohemian home. She mixes modern minimalism with rustic elements to create a calming and stress-free space. Or maybe white space isn’t your style at all. In that case, don’t be afraid to just cram all your furniture in to the space and roll with it!
Tip 2 – Use rich textures, colors, and patterns
More than any other interior design style, boho is a perfect place in which to let colors, textures, and patterns run wild. Collect throws and pillows. Vintage rugs are all the rage right now. Mix them with shag or fur rugs, and play with geometric black-and-white rugs, too. Add texture to walls by using macrame and crafting gallery walls. Linen sheets and curtains will add an element of natural texture and airiness to any bedroom.
Try florals. But again, make sure to balance things out with geometric and tribal-inspired patterns as well. Also, one of the hallmarks of boho style is plants. Sometimes lots and lots (and lots) of plants. Or sometimes just a simple fiddle-leaf fig and a cactus. Again, it all depends of how minimalist you want to go. Bohemian style is so versatile in this respect. It can be easily curated to the homeowner’s personal tastes.
Tip 3 – Make it feel carefree
This is where your love of decor and messy, casual style comes in. Whether you’re a minimalist or a maximalist, the one rule to pulling off a successful Bohemian look is to let it go. It’s not going to be a perfect magazine-cover home. You live in it, and you want it to reflect that you’re a free spirit (and you want it to be completely practical, too). This is a place you can relax without feeling the pressures of perfection.
This is organized chaos, and there’s beauty in that. Don’t think about it so much that it ends up looking stiff. You might start off with a mobile home that’s half empty and quietly grows its collection of decor and furniture over a long period of time. The idea is for things to look completely casual and organic.
We hope you’re well on your way to creating a cohesive Bohemian look in your mobile home. Remember, boho is all about creating a beautiful space you love and can relax in. Besides that…well, you make the rules.
Is boho style not your thing? Check out this article on how to create a modern beach look in your mobile home.