The bohemian aesthetic—worn woods, Moroccan rugs, pattern on pattern, copious plants—has been a huge influence on home decor in the past few years. But lately I’ve been seeing a bit of a shift, or maybe you could call it a marriage. There’s a new look I’m calling “new bohemian”; it’s bohemian reloaded, with a leaner, more minimal look. You could also call it Scandinavian bohemian, because what it really is is a mashup of two styles that used to be at opposite ends of the spectrum and now find themselves coming together: Scandinavian minimalism and bohemian maximalism. Like a lot of pairings of opposites, it’s particularly effective, a lovely balance of the best things about both styles. Let’s take a look.
This space from Desire to Inspire has the blond floors and restrained color palette we’ve come to associate with Scandinavian minimalism. But the textures, like the chunky wood coffee table, the plant, the fluffy Moroccan rug, the tasseled pillows, are all very bohemian, adding warmth to the space while staying within the minimal color palette.
One characteristic of bohemian interiors is that they tend to be quite densely packed. This room from Design*Sponge features elements that would be quite at home in a maximalist interior, but spacing everything out (and keeping the art on the walls to a minimum) yields a very different, almost minimalist, vibe. The faded colors of the rug contribute to the effect.
This interior from The Style Files is Boho minimalist, with a Southwestern twist.
This Danish home from Bolig, via My Domaine, expertly mixes elements of minimalism and maximalism. Lean, spare furniture and lighting is warmed up with textured and patterned rugs, a few plants, and even a little bit of color.
Another space from Bolig, via Design Attractor, would seem very minimal, even cold, were it not for the addition of a few plants and some patterned pillows. The lesson here is that contrast (between the spare, minimal furniture and the lush leaves) is always welcome, and also that accessories can really transform a room.
Minimal on top and boho on the bottom is the best of both worlds. This space from Domino works a burlwood table, a macrame wall hanging, and two rugs layered on top of each other—but thanks to the mostly white walls and the graceful lighting, it still retains a light, airy feel.