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The 7 Things You Need For A Bohemian Living Room

Today I wanted to share with you how to get the bohemian look in your living room.

A bohemian living room is full of personality and character. I wholeheartedly encourage you to express yourself, this is your home remember?

bohemian living room things you need to create the look

The aim is to create a relaxing space. Where you can lounge and spend time with people you love, truly be yourself or just curl up with a good boxed set.

So here are my 7 essentials for a bohemian living room- get ready to lounge!

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Photo by EmmyLou from Chiascuro


Every living room needs a sofa and a bohemian living room is no different. In fact it is a key piece. Creating a cosy, warm and inviting atmosphere it what it all about. So you need the biggest, snuggest sofa that will fit your space. You get brownie points if your sofa is a soft velvet, or a leather that will just get better with age. Add blankets and cushions with textures and patterns to really ramp up the bohemian atmosphere. Find out more about our sofa here.


A rug, or rugs, hold the room together. The right rug will unite all the elements of the room with colour or pattern. It adds to the cosy feel, and warms the room up, this is especially true if you don’t have carpets. Look out for traditional patterns, Persian, Moroccan and and Oriental rugs. The bohemian look often evolves from lots of travel so do look out for rugs to bring back from far flung destinations. Mine is from Modern Rugs- find it here

bohemian living room essentials must haves

Coffee Table

Another living room essential. It important to get the right coffee table for your space. Something that compliments rather than overpowers. You don’t want your living room to become an obstacle course! Keep your eyes open for mid century characteristics like splayed legs and curved lines. The bohemian look can also encapsulate a rustic, foraged or handmade look so do keep an open mind. This one is John Lewis-find it here


Adding plants creates instant boho vibes. So add them where you can. Plants are such a key park of this look. They add life, texture and colour. It took me a while to “get” plants, but now they are like little companions around my home. Seriously, get a couple of plants to start with and just learn! Try plants on the fireplace or even hanging from shelves, layer them up. See my Ikea Hack hanging plant rail here.

Rattan and/or Macramé

The bohemian look takes a lot of influence from the 1970s, but I think the main thing is to mix the stuff you like. I personally wouldn’t want my living room to look like I’d stepped back in time. It’s too derivative, this look isn’t about creating a time warp or an ode to the seventies. It’s about textures and patterns. Having said that Rattan and Macramé were both big in the seventies and have had a bit of a resurrection. Adding some Macramé and/or Rattan will add both texture and pattern to your room. Head here for beautiful Macramé

BTW when I say Rattan, I’m including cane and wicker things too! So think about wall hangings or peacock chairs or light shades. This light shade is by Made- find it here.

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Gallery Wall

I just love a gallery wall. Collected photos, postcards, prints and posters grouped together. Or course they dont always have to be framed pictures. Broaden you horizons with a collection of antlers, clocks. mirrors or masks. Mix it up, whatever you fancy! Again, this all adds to the colour, texture and general bohemian nature of this style. It gives your living room so much interest and character!


Vintage, antique or simple second hand. Mixing era’s gives your bohemian living room a really eclectic and personal feel. So be it some hand-me-down furniture, a really old painting or a brand new clock, the key is to mix it up. Nothing dates more than a room full of stuff from the same moment in time. Mix, mix, mix and you wont get bored.

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20 thoughts on “The 7 Things You Need For A Bohemian Living Room”

  1. Your post helped me a lot as I was confused for my living room alteration. The bohemian theme will surely give a great look to my living area. I personally liked the mid century coffee table and the patterned rug. Thanks for sharing.


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