If you're feeling indecisive about revamping your living room's style, we can't blame you. Today's trends seem wildly divergent: Modern minimalism might make your space feel luxe and sleek, but boho-chic promises fun, color, and drama. Don't feel bad about your indecision because there's no need to choose. Done correctly, boho's funky textures and vivid color palettes won't compromise minimalism's streamlined elegance. Pick and choose your perfect colors and select boho-inspired accents to turn your space into a genre-bending wonderland. Here's how you can combine the two styles seamlessly.
12 Minimalist Bohemian Living Room Ideas for an Eclectic Yet Serene Home
1. Layer different textures.
Your space doesn't need color to feel boho-chic. Give your minimalist bedroom or living room a bohemian twist by adding a variety of textures, from fringe to rattan to rumpled linen, to make the space oh-so-dreamy.
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2. Pair symmetrical, clean lines with soft, textural textiles.
Minimalism is known for balance and simplicity, so clean lines and symmetry are a common occurrence. Add a few soft textiles and textural details that exude boho flair to help soften those straight lines, creating the perfect middle ground between minimal and bohemian va-va-voom.
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3. Use boho accents sparingly.
It only takes a few subtle bohemian vibes to liven up minimalist living room design in a snap. This neutral-toned space upgrades its simple color scheme with a few well-placed accents, like a colorful rug and foliage.
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4. Choose eclectic decor.
Pairing minimalism's traditional white walls with a hodgepodge of decor feels utterly avant-garde. Don't let perfectionism constrain you. Put your plants where they please you and don't even bother hanging your art.
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5. Sometimes, less is so much more.
Boho-chic style centers around vibrant colors, but minimalism embraces Mies van der Rohe's "less is more" philosophy. Merge the two styles with neutral walls and a select few jaw-dropping, colorful bohemian accents, like Moroccan-style poufs.
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6. Illuminate with sunlight.
Bohemian rooms should feel airy and bright. Keep your wall decor minimal and install gauzy, linen drapery panels at your windows so you can enjoy the natural light while maintaining your privacy, giving your living room a lovely ethereal glow.
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7. It's all in the details.
For a softer boho effect, warm up your minimal all-white palette with natural seagrass woven baskets or crates, patterned throw pillows, and eclectic wall decor. (And don't forget the plants.)
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8. Add visual interest with shapes and patterns.
A minimalist setup doesn't mean plain walls and flooring, especially if you're trying to integrate bohemian styling. Add some drama and visual interest to your home by playing with patterns, shapes, and textures, like this accent wall featuring a collection of round, woven dishes.
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9. Leave the walls bare.
There's an easy way to divide your room between boho and minimal: Leave the upper portion of the room bare and go wild with the rest. Stack your sofa with colorful accent pillows, warm up the floor with a gorgeous patterned area rug, and layer your favorite wall art so it rests against the wall.
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10. Silence your fear of clutter.
Stuffing too many tchotchkes into a space can feel crowded, but don't let a fear of clutter keep your home sterile. Even though these shelves are filled with greenery, coffee table books, and home decor, the space still feels sleek and minimal.
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11. Colorful accents work wonders.
Colorful accents are the perfect accompaniment for a boho-minimal room. Pair vibrant, unique area rugs with an interesting gallery wall to make the space scream style. Just don't add too many accessories; otherwise, you risk going overboard.
Get the look: Revival Madlen Vintage Moroccan Rug (5'2" x 10'2"), $589
12. Include vibrant textiles.
Not sure if you're committed to the colorful boho-chic trend? Start small. Swap out plain textiles for something with pizzazz, like this mustard yellow throw pillow. Pair that with a simple patterned area rug and hang a little leafy flourish for interior design gold.