6 Style Tricks To Creating A Boho Modern Interior

13th October 2016

Have you seen that look – Boho Modern – which is taking over Pinterest? It’s fab isn’t it, but pretty tricky to know how to work it into your own home. Not today – don’t sweat it! This is where I step in with my six ways to create a Boho-Modern interior at home – all illustrated by shots from my magazine shoots. Let’s do this.

Tip: Hang maps with paperclips as I did in this shot for House Beautiful Magazine


A quick look through Instagram and Facebook, and you’ll see it is teaming with Kilim rugs and cushions, exotic holiday treasures, rough woods, tropical plants and terracotta tiles. It’s a look is so laid-back it is almost horizontal.

It’s an easy style that is effortless (which we all know took years to put together).

I love love love Boho Modern but I’m not 100% confident to fill my whole home with ethic prints, wooden crafts and plants. This is my very own version – a softer, sweeter version of the look. Let’s start at the top.

Copy this idea of making a head board from India carved wooden panels for my shoot with Country Homes magazine

Tip 1: BoHo In The Bedroom

As the hero of your room, your bed will take centre stage. Now the true Boho-Modern hippy would have an AMAZING French style bed by Hudson Furniture like this one which is all Roccoco curves with voiles hanging above and layers upon layers of throws and rugs.

Us mere mortals need to concentrate on the basics – Boho Modern bedlinen. I’m a sucker for a Kali throw. Throw one or even two (go wild) over a pretty bedlinen set – and there is the look. If you want to throw caution to the wind, make a a headboard from decorative Indian wooden carvings. Nice, and easy too!

This wardrobe was £30 from Brighton’s Car Boot bought by me for House Beautiful magazine

Tip 2: Add Flea Market Finds

The Boho Modernist spends weekends in flea markets tracking down a one-off piece of furniture. If you’re not one for car boots, then let’s cut to the chase…see the plant and the vintage suitcase up above? It’s a clear sign we’re entering a Boho-Modern bedroom.  That’s all you need – suitcase you can pick up from Oliver Bonas and a fern from your local garden centre. Our work is done here. Next!

Copy this distressed wall effect spotted in my shoot for Furniture Village. I think if used old tea bags you could cheat the aged look on your wallpaper.

Tip 3: Hippy In The Lounge

Step into the lounge of a Boho-Modern lover and you’ll spot an old velvet sofa from New York, teamed with a table from the street markets Indonesia, mixed with a hand-woven rug from a recent trip to Tangiers. The high street is teaming with really good Boho Modern copy-cat pieces at a fraction of the cost. You don’t have hop on a plane to get this look.

My pick of the best places to shop for Bo-Ho Modern

West Elm: Just got to love their rugs. Anthropolie: the home of Boho-chic fresh from the states. Urban Outfitters: Great rugs and hangings. H+M Home: Dress your bathroom in ethic patterns and prints. Lombok;  Rustic wooden furniture with curvy shapes. Design Vintage: My one-stop shop in Brighton. Decorator’s Notebook: For hippy gifts with a fair trade slant. Society 6 + Lumitrix: quirky art for your walls

Just think of the air miles you’ve saved.

I still love this room created when I on the Style Team at House Beautiful.

Tip 4: Up-Cycle Through This Trend 

If you love an up-cycle project, then this look is a walk in the park for you. See that side board? It was an ugly brown plywood 1970s one bought for £15 from Brighton Car Boot. Paint it, wallpaper it – boom – you’ve got a bespoke piece. Frames on the wall? All from charity shops. Paint ‘em and stick ‘em to the wall – there you go! You see this look not about how much dosh you have to splash on your home, it’s about being creative with what you have. Throw in a few bargain buys from TKmax and HomeSense, and your home is giving out kick-off-your-shoes-and-relax-good-vibes.

Look at these tiles….lush. Harveys Furniture went all Boho Modern when I got my paws on their look book

Tip 5: Mix It Up In Your Dining Rooms

Okay –so you have fallen in love with the Boho Modern style. This doesn’t mean you have to chuck away all your old furniture and replace it with something new. You can be clever about this by adding Boho Modern prints and fabrics into your existing room.  

Swap your plain shade for a patterned one, brighten up your chairs with odd cushions in bold prints (Habitat are my go-to), dress your table top with vases filled with palm leaves. There – your all white Scandi-look has been ruffled up a bit to look all Boho Modern. Lovely.

More confident with this Boho Modern look? Then pick a tiled pattern floor for your home’s next big improvement.

Don’t forget to switch your chairs around as Id id for for House Beautiful

Tip 6: Mix It Up  

Nothing in the Boho home has to match. Repeat! Nothing has to match. That means your tables and chairs can all be odd. In fact, it is almost required. The key is to choose one colour pallet and stick to it to make the odd furniture look as if they are meant to be.  Once you have master this look, start adding more colours as you grow in confidence.

Well there are my 6 ways to nail the Boho Modern look.

(Confession…I think I’ve managed to sneak way more than six ideas in this post past you. Did you notice? Oopse)

I reckon you are ready to add a bit of Boho Modern to your home. What do you think? Let’s add these touches to your home bit-by-bit.

•• Disclaimer, this is a sponsored post. As always, these are my opinions, my photos and my thoughts.


  • Reply
    Candy Pop
    13th October 2016 at 9:45 pm

    I love boho modern and I adore the sideboard in the 5th photo. Inspiring post!

    • Reply
      17th October 2016 at 11:27 am

      And so cheap to do. Thank you x

  • Reply
    14th October 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Loads of interesting ideas and inspiration. My daughter wants a hip boho room, so I’ll have to get my act together to style one soon.

  • Reply
    karen jones
    15th October 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I am a champion of the flea market and upcycle project so already half way there. Love your tips x

    • Reply
      17th October 2016 at 11:24 am

      Your home sounds lovely 🙂

  • Reply
    18th October 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Love a market and love something picked up on travel, with a memory immediately attached. This is a lovely trend and I think I’ve inadvertently been incorporating elements of this!
    Brilliant tips.

    • Reply
      19th October 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Hey Gemma. It’s really easy to do too which is why I love this look so much x

  • Reply
    Kate Evans
    12th November 2016 at 9:35 am

    Hello Maxine, I love the idea of boho room. My sister is crazy for it. Your blog is so informative and so helpful for me. Thank u so much for the blog.

    • Reply
      21st November 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you Kate

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