Boho chic style is having a big moment in home design right now. Our theory? Since we haven’t been able to seek adventure outside of our homes over the last year, we’re going bold indoors, instead.
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Over the years, boho design has come to mean a lot of things. Global-inspired elements that create a well-traveled feel. Natural and neutral elements that bring us closer to nature. An abundance of texture with a hand-made, artisanal touch. All of which feels especially welcome at this particular point in time.
Boho embraces the relaxed and the carefree, with an eye for unusual and unexpected elements. Whether you define your boho style as eclectic and collected, or modern and natural, be sure to incorporate lots of natural materials, hand-touched techniques, and rich colors and fabrics into your spaces.
Together, these ideas all create what we’ve come to see as boho design. And boho-chic elevates it to a new design standard. Now, we’ve found all the key pieces for you to craft the well-curated boho-chic look for your own home from sturdy jute rugs to stand-out chandeliers.
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1. A rattan chair with a flourish
Pavon Natural Lounge Chair| Was $499, now $399 at Article
Further the texture in your living room with an eye-catching rattan chair. The addition of a cushion ensures we can curl up in this lovely lounge chair for hours on end. Plus, this one is suitable for both indoor and covered outdoor use.
More rattan seating: 2. A carved room divider
Amber Carved Wood Room Divider Screen | $249 at Urban Outfitters
Carved wood immediately lends a bespoke, hand-crafted feel to space. This intricately carved wooden screen in a tri-fold silhouette still lets the light pass-through, while creating a sense of privacy. In a time when our spaces are playing double duty, a room divider pulls its own weight by separating spaces and creating a focal point.
More Carved Wood Pieces: 3. A colorful quilt
Tahla Quilt, Queen| $198 at Anthropologie
This colorful quilt just brings immediate joy. Layer over a white duvet for extra winter warmth, or you’ll find yourself perfectly comfortable during the warmer months with this hand-finished quilt splashed across your bed.
4. A caned mirror
Bohemian Desert Sun Round Mirror | $199 at West Elm
Add some caning to a conventional round mirror to bring boho vibes to your entryway. With a 30-inch diameter, it’s large enough to make a true statement on its own.
More boho-approved mirrors: 5. The essential rug
Maui Natural Hand Woven Jute with Wool Fringe Area Rug, 5′ x 8′ | Was $193.69, now $105.50 at Rugs USA
A good jute rug immediately brings a breezy, natural feel to a living room, dining room, kitchen or even a sunroom. The flatweave is easy to clean, perfect for layering and can stand up to high trafficked areas. This design is also available in many shapes and sizes.
6. The floor pillow
Gallery: 20 Christmas decoration ideas to make your home extra festive for 2020 (Real Homes)
The most striking Christmas decoration ideas for 2020
Putting your favorite Christmas decoration ideas into practice is one of the many many joys of Christmastime. And to help you create a striking and stylish display in every room of the house, we’ve rounded up the most inspiring looks that we’ve come across this year.
Though you may have your own holiday decorating traditions (the kids’ salt dough decorations that were meant to resemble stars but don’t, the creepy looking fairy who’s missing an arm, and the nativity scene that’s been annually plundered and is now made up of Playmobil characters), and yes they do have their charm, but that’s not to say that there isn’t room for improvement. And, when you see just how glorious you can make your surroundings look, you will want to change things up a little in not just your living room decor, but in your entire household.
From the best color schemes to choice of accessories and more, we’ve covered it all and there are some top tips from designer experts also to ensure that your decor is on point. Sure, Christmas might be looking a little different this year, but that’s why we think your home’s Christmas decoration is extra important.
CREATE AN UNEXPECTED ASYMETRIC DISPLAY
We’ve said it before and we will say it again, an empty mantle at Christmas is a sad mantle. They are so easy to decorate too, just pick some greenery, add some candles and there you go, your very own glorious Christmas mantel. We love this asymmetric look though, with the large houseplant, it’s unexpected because of the height but definitely adds interest to the space and a clear focal point.
DIY A RUSTIC ADVENT CALENDAR
So simple and so effective! Pick up some brown paper bags from a craft store or Amazon and then hang them using ribbons and strings to start your own DIY advent calendar. Use stickers to add the numbers, or a chalk pen to add patterns. You could hang it anywhere too but we think it would look so cute in a hallway so the kids can just grab their bag as they leave for school.
ADD SOME SUBTLE FESTIVE DECOR TO YOUR KITCHEN
Despite being the heart of the home over the holidays, your kitchen decor scheme can get a bit overlooked when it comes to Christmas. We say that needs to change! Sure, you might not have room for a full on tree in there, but copy this Christmas decorating idea and hang some foliage around a doorway, in your cabinets and over your lighting. Add some cute hanging decorations on your handles too to complete the look.
PAPER STARS MAKE CHRISTMAS DECORATING EASY
The easiest, most effective Christmas decorating ideas we are going for this year? Paper stars. Or just any paper decs actually. They look so stylish and like you have really put in some effort, but all you really did is order a couple of packs of Amazon and hang them all over your home. Order them or make your own paper snowflakes for an even more magical touch.
OR HANG PAPER DECS FROM THE CEILING
Again, another one of the most easy and effective Christmas decoration ideas is to hang an abundance of paper decorations from the ceilings or around mantles, door ways, up the stairs. Pick a mix of styles and sizes and bundle them together to create a proper feature.
EMBRACE THE DARK AND MOODY TREND THIS CHRISTMAS
Dark, moody interiors are all over Instagram this year, and if you’re well into the look, but aren’t sure how to match it with your Christmas decor scheme, we have some really easy ideas. Easiest option? Go for dark colored baubles – black, navy, dark green – will all create a dramatic feel. If you have a dark living room already, go for a contrasting color to create a striking look.
Fill your rooms with lots of dark evergreens, too, trail firs and ivy over mantlepieces, up banisters and around door frames. Stick to candlelight, or low, warm lights to add to the atmosphere.
GO FOR A SCANDI-STYLE CHRISTMAS
Christmas and Scandi style really were made for each other: it’s chilly out, the fire’s lit and the mulled wine is going down a treat. So, if yours is an (almost) all-white room, embrace it with some Scandi Christmas decorating ideas. Go for white or pale wood, and then add pops of color with red or deep green. Give your room a festive feel with candles, and evergreen sprigs on every surface and of course a Scandi-approved Christmas tree.
LOVE BRIGHT COLORS? NEON IS A BIG TREND FOR THIS HOLIDAY
Yup, the neon Christmas decorating trend is here – and it’s pretty simple to recreate in your own home. Think tacky but… stylish at the same time. Baubles in rainbow colors and funky shapes, pick up some cheap bright colored tinsel too; feather bowers in bright pink, strung over your tree would look really cool also.
USE BLACKBOARD PAINT TO CREATE AN INSTANT CHRISTMAS
Thinking of redecorating before Christmas with a dark, moody scheme? Why not opt for blackboard paint in a strategic way? Create a Christmas tree that takes up zero room (perfect for a child’s room or a kitchen) by drawing one onto a blackboard wall. You could even use some Command Hooks to hang actual decorations from it.
SMALL HOME? DOWNSIZE YOUR DECS NOT YOUR AMBITIONS
If you’re resigned to small living room ideas forever (or perhaps embracing them), you may not have a) the room for a full size Christmas tree or b) anywhere to store the decorations the rest of the year. Well lucky for you, mini trees are a massive trend this year! Decorate with diddy baubles and a string of fairy lights to add some instant holiday cheer no matter how small your apartment.
MAKE AN ENTRANCE WITH AN OTT GARLAND
There’s no denying that once a year, it’s worth going over the top to make your home look festive. A hallway garland will create a welcoming first impression for guests. Just a few tips – whether you go real or fake – one threaded with wire will make it easier to wind around the banister securely. If you do go for a real one, pick foliage known not to drop, wilt or brown quickly.
SWITCH UP HOW YOU DISPLAY A WREATH
Did you learn how to make a Christmas wreath? If so, then you definitely need to hang it with pride! Why not do it with a difference and suspend yours horizontally like the Scandis do (above)? Over the dining table is best, with droplet baubles hanging beneath.
A fire surround loves a garland, too, but ensure yours is well out of the way of any flames (we didn’t need to tell you that, did we? We did, it’s a legal requirement). Put it atop the mantelpiece or swag it, with baubles at its centre for a traditional, formal feel.
USE BAUBLES IMAGINATIVELY (IE, NOT ON THE TREE)
Remember what we said about using the baubles on the stair garland or within the one on the fireplace? There are tons of places you can dot baubles about – in the living room, as Christmas table decor (that Kelly Hoppen would fully approve), on your bar cart and beyond – to create a gorgeous festive look, without having to buy anything new.
GO OVERBOARD WITH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
You can’t go over the top here: literally go crazy with Christmas lights (well, you can go over the top, but we’re talking tasteful crazy here). As well as hanging them around window and door frames, across the mantelpiece, around the banisters and on the tree (obviously), you can put battery-run, LED lights in a sturdy glass vase to create an instant table centerpiece – and don’t forget outdoors, too.
DON’T IGNORE THE KITCHEN CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
We know it might not be that practical to have a full on tree in your kitchen but why not try adding a garland or two – they take up zero room and bring in just as much of a festive feel. String them along your shelves or create a Christmas window display for an even more festive touch.
LIGHT UP EVERY SPACE
From Rohan Blacker, Pooky founder:
Lighting brings a certain kind of magic when setting the scene for the festivities. To keep things merry and bright, fairy lights are your secret weapon – pinned around window sills, mirrors, doorways, lacing bookshelves. Such a simple yet effective way to set the tone and fill everyone with the excitement of Christmas.”
“Dress your lanterns and pendants with ivy and tinsel to create a decorative ornament out of them. Alternatively, you can opt for lovely coloured lamp in warm tones or reds and greens to bring in the colours of the season.”
BE A LITTLE BOLD
It is Christmas after all, Patricia Gibbons from the design team at sofa.com shared some thoughts:
People never seem to shy away from the classic greys and silvers, however at Christmas time we recommend velvet fabrics. Velvet has lovely shimmer properties, catching and reflecting light from all angles with incredible depth. The perfect material to add a layer of extra shine and warmth to your living room space, especially during the festivities. We have a selection of beautifully silky velvet cushions, footstools and sofas that will help do just that.”
“In terms of colour, bolder tones are very much on the rise, people are becoming more adventurous with their interior choices. Reds and pinks such as our Rhubarb and Claret hues and bright fuchsia pinks are often the go-to option for these brighter contrasts. Muted, neutral velvets in Butterscotch and Olive tones have also seen quite a surge in popularity, and both work brilliantly with a grey palette.”
A SUPER QUICK DECOR IDEA? STOCKINGS AND GREENERY
Got half an hour to decorate? Stockings and a garlands are going to be a saviour. They instantly make anywhere feel more festive – you could do some classic mantle decor but if you don’t have a fireplace wrap some greenery around your staircase and hang some stocking on the bannister or even decorate around a door frame.
ADORN A MIRROR
Well is this Christmas living room not the most beautiful thing you have ever seen? That mirror is the star of the room, and could be a really easy look to replicate – just use your mirror to build foliage around, you could even just wrap a garland around it, or find a wreath to fit.
GO FOR A BRIGHTER SCHEME THIS YEAR
If you want to stray away from the classic red and green or snowy whites, you need to check out this Christmas house. It’s fun and modern and just so cheery – fill your home with colourful paper decs, glitter balls and bright lights for something a bit different this year.
Mistana Lenore Square Pillow Cover & Insert | $40.99 at Wayfair
Floor pillows are key to have on hand for everything from morning meditations to extra guests in need of seating. Choose from an on-trend muted color palette for a sophisticated, boho set up.
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7. A textured wall hanging
Surya Khaki Chevron Wall Hanging | $99 at Jungalow
Renew a space with the addition of this handwoven wallhanging. Sage green is expected to be a big color in interior design this year, so incorporate your own pop of green now!
8. A gorgeous lighting option
Whitewash Wood Draped Bead 4 Light Chandelier | $229.99 at Cost Plus World Market
Switch up builder-grade light fixtures with a chandelier that’s more your style. This one features over 100 whitewashed wooden beads draped like necklaces around an antique-inspired candelabra for a boho-luxe edge. It’ll make a statement in your dining room centered in a nook, or installed in a nursery.
9. An accent that’s good for your wellbeing
Himalayan Salt Lamp | $20.38 at Walmart
A Himalayan Salt Lamp is more than just a pretty, boho decor piece. The salt crystals release a therapeutic glow of orange hues that bring a sense of calm and tranquility to a space.
10. An eye-catching planter
Ivory And Gray Two Tone Ceramic Planter With Wood Stand | $24.99 at Cost Plus World Market
Plants seem to be a hallmark of boho design, so it’s important to show off your favorite greenery in vessels that reflect your space. We’re eyeing this two-tone ceramic planter with a wood stand to give your plants some height.
11. A bed built for sweet dreams
Caroline Rattan Canopy Bed | $1,299 at Urban Outfitters
A rattan 4-poster canopy bed is the epitome of boho-chic, and this bed truly feels one of a kind. String through gauzy textiles or string lights for a touch of romanticism.
12. Maximalist wallpaper that’s also renter-friendly
Tropical Toile Peel and Stick Wallpaper by Drew Barrymore Flower Home | $69 at Walmart
Make major impact with bold and bright wallpaper, that’s easy to install and removable for when your tastes change—or if you rent. Cover an accent wall or paper the whole room in this tropical peacock adorned print with a vintage feel.
13. Woven baskets that bring global style
Woven Abaca Basket | $238 at Terrain
Corral clutter, or extra blankets in these stunning baskets, woven of abaca, a sustainable fiber from the Philipines, for an organizational option that oozes boho-chic appeal.
14. Rustic candlesticks for depth
Natural Wood Pillar Candleholder | $12.99 – $16.99 at Cost Plus World Market
Layer in these mango wood candlesticks in varying heights for visual interest around a mantle or on a table—and some necessary mood lighting.
20. A decorative pillow with a story to tell
Baya Lumbar Pillow | $195 at The Citizenry
Handwoven in Mexico of sheep’s wool, this artful design uses geometric patterns used by the Zapotec tribes of the Oaxaca region. It’s the perfect addition to top your bed or centered across a well-lived-in leather sofa.