Here's How to Go Boho in the Bedroom (Hint: It's All About the Lighting)

Statement lighting is having a moment. And, we'd argue, nothing is more of a conversation piece than a funky bohemian fixture. But what, exactly, is bohemian-style lighting? It's eclectic, a little bit worldly, more maximalist than minimalist, and never matchy-matchy. It looks vintage, not new, as though you happened upon the fixture at an open-air market during your travels and fought your way through customs to bring it home in your suitcase — when, really, you just ordered it from Etsy. Boho lighting might be woven, beaded, tasseled, fringed, trailing with macrame, brightly colored, or even have a ceramic shade. The thing about bohemian style is it's more of a vibe than an exact look, so no matter your aesthetic, you're sure to find a fixture that will fit. Take a look at these seven bedroom lighting ideas that are bursting with bohemian spirit.

1. Opt for Bamboo

A hallmark of a bohemian-style fixture? A decidedly handmade look. A pendant with a rattan or bamboo shade — like the World Market option seen in this boho-chic bedroom by Sara and Rich Combs of The Joshua Tree House — will add a laidback, hippie feel to the bedside.

2. When in Doubt, Add Fringe

When it comes to bohemian style, texture is key — especially when that texture is made up of tassels or fringe. Add a hanging lamp (or two) decked out in tassels, like this ombre beauty by Justina Blakeney, for instant retro/boho appeal.

3. Work in a Pair of Wall Lamps

If you really want to make a statement, follow this bedroom lighting idea (compliments of Amber Lewis) and frame your bed with a pair of articulating wall sconces. The look is decidedly modern and more importantly, these fixtures will come in handy for late night reading. Pair with a vintage lantern for a look that's straight out of a bazaar.

4. Throw in a Floor Lamp ... and a Wall Sconce

bohemian bedroom lighting idea with floor lamp and wall sconce
credit: Kismet House

For a boho twist, mix and match. Erin from Kismet House did just that in this cozy bedroom and we wholeheartedly approve. Rustic wood finishes add balance to bold, contrasting colors, resulting in a design that's visually interesting without being too busy. While she snagged her floor lamp from AllModern, the exact model is unavailable, so we found a strikingly similar option below.

5. Go for Color

bohemian bedroom lighting idea with colorful pink wall sconces on either side of canopy bed
credit: Studio DIY

Bedroom lighting ideas with glass, while very on-trend, also channel boho-chic vibes. Hung on either side of the bed, wall-mounted fixtures — like the rose-tinted sconces seen in this haven belonging to Kelly from Studio DIY — make for practical reading lights. Want to be even more boho? A woven wall hanging doesn't hurt.

6. Sneak in a Statement Shade, On a Budget

Working with a budget? Don't worry, it IS possible to incorporate bohemian flair into your sleeping quarters without breaking the bank. When Jane from A Taste of Koko needed a bedroom lighting idea to complete her boho refuge, she turned to mega retailer IKEA. Of course! And the handmade bamboo shade did not disappoint, adding warmth and texture and tying the whole look together.

7. Seek Out Eclectic Shapes

For max boho style, look for a table, floor, or wall lamp with an unexpected shape and put it in a prominent spot. The more eccentric, the better: The pineapple shape of this fixture — plus its textured metal construction and dual-armed light — lend an impossibly cool thrift shop aesthetic. (P.S. We like this Tropical Boho Leaf Sconce, too.)


Annie Quigley

Annie Quigley is a freelance writer, editor, and poet whose work has appeared in Remodelista, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.