“Boho chic” has been around for ages.
The name comes from Bohemian, an inaccurate term used to describe France's Romani or “Gypsy” population. This nomadic population traveled the country in caravans and became known for their colorful clothing, scarves, and patterned fabrics.
Today, Bohemian style can be found in everything from fashion to home design—and naturally, that includes area rugs. Bohemian area rugs are the ticket to a truly original space if you'd rather be non-compliant with décor norms.
But how can you incorporate a Bohemian rug without creating a look that's similar to that of the early 1900s?
Smart styling lets go of preexisting notions and embraces a loose approach to interior décor. So, here are a few modern style tips on how to incorporate Bohemian rugs into your design.
Find Your Unique Bohemian Style
If you love gauzy fabrics and rich colors, then embrace that. "Designing a home you want to live in is all about recognizing what sparks joy" - Maria Kondo. If you like a lush look with plush fabric, introduce a bohemian rug to your living room, bedroom, or other places around your home.
While you may need to edit a few elements in your space, so it’s not overwhelmed by the riot of color, throw in colors that will naturally improve your mood and make you feel good, whenever you step into your room. This Gray Oriental Area Rug is one example of a bohemian rug that transforms your room and adorns your permanent floors.
Layer Bohemian Rugs to Create a Luxury Scene
Imagine the movie Moulin Rouge! or Chocolat. In both of these, the boho aesthetic is strong. Think of vivid colors, many different textures, and lots of layering of textiles.
Now translate that approach to your floor by installing two to three bohemian rugs of varying sizes and colors, like the Hampstead Vintage Bohemian Rug against the Diana Vintage Oriental Area Rug. You'd have created nothing less than a luxurious ambiance in your space.
Mix Your Metaphors
Boho is all about being more. This means more textures, more colors, and more patterns. The sky's the limit, provided you don’t get a migraine looking at a room.
So, you can have fun with a Bohemian palette by playing with wild-hued drapes against busy furniture. And of course, your area rugs. Why opt for a boring monochromatic rug, when you can give your space a splash of outrageous color like this wild Burgundy Bohemian Area Rug?
Work with a Neutral Base
Use a neutral base as your canvas to make your bohemian area rug and other wall and floor accessories pop. A room in a soft cream color is a great foundation and will make your décor attitude stand out. Also, just as it works in magazine design, white spaces will give the eyes enough space to rest before taking in more strong colors.
Juxtapose with Light, Bright Wood
To keep the vibe light, bright, and cheerful, use softwoods as complements for bohemian area rugs as PoshPennies suggests.
Boho elements can often have a black undertone and extremely dark tones can suck all the brightness from a space. Bright woods will also help frame your gorgeous rug.
A balsam fir or spruce will create an exciting area alongside the Luxe Weavers Distressed Modern Bohemian Area Rug.
Patterns on Patterns
Don’t stress over whether an Ikat blanket will go with your chevron throw pillows. All rules are out of the door with a Bohemian-styled room.
Instead, double down on the patterns, and then pull them together in your area rug with detailed designs. Don’t be afraid to get a little crazy.
Tell a Story
Good design naturally tells a story.
What better way to add some color and charm to your space than with a little Bohemian chic design? A unique leather pillow can help spin the tale over, blending with a framed painting you picked up at a flea market and a fascinating rug sourced from Luxe Weavers' top-quality boho area rugs.
Bohemian design is up to you. Play and have fun with it and remember, a great rug — regardless of color, texture, design, or provenance — will only make your space, even more, boho chic.