Mention “bohemian” or “boho chic” and it immediately transports you to the laid-back style of the 70s and paints images of a funky, fun, and carefree aesthetic. And given the amount of flower crowns, lace, and fringe dresses we see in yearly music festivals to this day, it’s safe to say the bohemian feel continues to inspire today’s generation—not only in fashion but also in interior design. So it’s no surprise that bohemian rugs remain a sought-after element in designing spaces.
Designing a Boho Chic Space: 3 Things to Remember
According to interior designer Laura Suglia-Isgro, boho chic is an eclectic style that emulates concepts from the hippie look of the 1970s. It involves combining unique pieces that stand out on their own while also complementing each other and overall look of the room. “Many colors, textures, and patterns can be combined to create this ever-evolving style,” she says.
Here are a few tips to nail this style down:
1. Try not to make it look too “styled.”
“A successfully designed boho chic room does not look too designed,” explains Laura. “Instead, the room should look like a collection of furniture, accessories, and finishes that were collected over time and work well together to create a well-thought-out space.”
2. Master the art of layering.
“Boho chic is for carefree spirits who are not afraid to experiment,” adds California-based interior designer Sayre Ziskin. “Mix the new with old, sharp lines with curved ones, geometric with florals, leather and velvet,” explains Sayre.
3. Use high-quality materials.
Evoking a luxurious feel while still maintaining the bohemian spirit is not as easy as it sounds. The key, according to remodeling specialist Cristina Miguelez, is to use high-quality materials. “You want things to feel easy, carefree, and flowing but also luxurious, so linens, high-quality rugs and pillow covers, and solid wooden furniture are must-haves.”
Our Favorite Bohemian Rugs (And How to Style Them)
Picking out the right boho rugs is the easiest way to achieve a “cohesiveness in design elements of a room in a boho chic home,” says Cristina. “A rug itself can be a statement piece with a big personality. Or it can serve as background to balance the special objet d’art pieces that you have carefully curated.” If you’re looking for the perfect rug to add to your boho chic home décor collection, here are some of our favorites:
With its mixed-floral and pattern motif and vibrant colors of rose, taupe, sky blue, ivory, green and orange, this rug definitely adds a unique character and captures the carefree style that complements a bohemian-themed space. “This is the rug you want to use as an anchor point in a room that has a lot of natural fibers and light but not a lot of color or pattern,” says Cristina.
How to style it: “You want this at a focal point in the room, so put it somewhere it won’t be covered by other furnishings.”
Whether going for a bohemian or a more traditional aesthetic, this boho rug adds a distinct vintage vibe to any room with its classic design and subtle blend of slate blue, grey, and azul. “The colors and border of this rug are sophisticated yet bohemian at the same time,” says Sayre.
How to style it: “This shade of blue is very on-trend. It can lend a bit of color and texture under furniture that is more formal and neutral.”
Inspired by Native American artistry, this rug mixes intricate and geometric designs with blues, yellows and other colors to create an eclectic feel that instantly attracts attention. “It would complement a room that doesn’t already have too much pattern and needs something to elevate the style,” says Cristina.
How to style it: “This is a great rug when you want to make a statement, so it would work well in an entryway or in a wide-open space. You want eyes on this rug because it’s setting the theme for the rest of the décor.”
Combining Old-World design with modern minimalism, this rug mixes abstract patterns with warm neutrals that call to mind the golden sands of the Moroccan desert. “This rug can be a nice background for a busy room. It is what you would use in a conversation area in the room,” says Cristina.
How to style it: “Near a pair of chairs or a sofa or loveseat. You want this rug to subtly complement, not be a focus.”
Neutral rugs balance off the busy patterns and rich colors of boho chic décor, and this rug’s distressed and monochromatic design is the perfect accent to your bohemian space. “It’s the perfect neutral rug that can serve as a backdrop for more eclectic furnishings. Its muted grey and white colors are perfect to create a more calming space,” says Sayre.
How to style it: “Put this in a tranquil bedroom with other neutral, soft patterns and textures.”