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The 7 Things You Need For A Bohemian Living Room

September 6, 2017Susan

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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Comments (23)

  • fashionforlunch

    September 6, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Omg! Susie! Your living room is literally stunning! I love it so much

    1. Susie

      September 6, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Ah thanks so much!

  • kathryn

    September 6, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I think I could feel very at home in your lounge! Loving that rattan lamp shade too x

    1. Susie

      September 7, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Anytime Kat! Have a great week!

  • Lazy Daisy Jones

    September 6, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Sue your taste is gorgeous I love your vintage boho vibe!
    best Ashley xxx

    1. Susie

      September 7, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Ah thanks so much sweetie!

  • lucy

    September 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I really really love your loving room. It’s perfect. Stylish but homely. xx

    1. Susie

      September 7, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Thanks Lucy!! That’s made my day!

  • Cate St Hill

    September 6, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Your living room is so lovely, that sofa looks so inviting. Love all the plants too xxx

    1. Susie

      September 7, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Thanks so much Cate!

  • kate

    September 7, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Love your living room Sus, and am definitely coveting that rug and rattan lampshade.. oh, and that MUG 😉 xx

    1. Susie

      September 7, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Hehe! *add to basket*

  • Clare

    September 7, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    What a gorgeous space! Oh, that sofa…*swoon*. I just want to sit there and eat that cake and dream of creating a living room half as lovely as this.

    1. Susie

      September 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      Aw you are so kind! Anytime darlin!

  • Kaelyn

    September 7, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I love the vibe! It looks so warm and cozy!

  • Rae

    September 8, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Your living room is so aesthetic, especially in the first photo where the squirrel cushion matches the cake.

  • Candy Pop

    September 8, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Fabulous post – your living room is sooo gorgeous! x

  • Sherry Mehem

    September 13, 2017 at 8:16 am

    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.

  • Sophia Stevens

    September 14, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I think the rugs and the plants are essential for me. Also different posters and lots of textile hanging on the walls. I added a dream catcher in my bedroom and it give a great boho touch.

    1. Susie

      September 18, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Ah that’s such a great point! Dream catchers and textiles for sure

  • coffeeworksleep

    September 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Love the look and feel of this room Susie! Gorgeous post xx

    1. Susie

      September 20, 2017 at 11:20 am

      Ah thanks so much Morgana!

  • Wheel Chic Home

    September 18, 2017 at 9:31 am

    You have a gorgeous comfortable and cosy living room, lovely post thanks for sharing!

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