When it’s done right, a home infused with bohemian décor exudes creativity. Artfully combining colours, layering patterns and mixing up furniture styles will give your space a free-spirited tone. If you’re looking for some inspiration, Maddy Potts, interiors blogger at This 1870 House has the styling tips you need.

Contrasting textures

Contrasting textures is one of the hallmarks of boho design and helps to swerve an overly styled aesthetic – pairing rough rattan and organic jute with complementary soft velvet gives a care-free, eclectic aesthetic.

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Curated decoration

Instead of matching sets of accessories, hunt down contrast between items whilst achieving harmony by echoing a theme or motif. In these shelves, there’s a variety of decorative items yet the neutral palette and repetition of greenery keeps things serene and curated.

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Colour scheme

When planning a colour scheme start with neutral, earthy colours like soft greens and warm beiges, using pops of complementary shades like dusty pink or a vibrant burnt umber. Using these colours in portable furniture such a stools and accessories means you can more easily adapt and update your look.

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Varying heights

Make your space interesting for the eye to ‘read’ by varying the heights of your furniture and accessories – for example, contrast plants on the floor with those on side tables or hanging from the ceiling.

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Balanced space

Instead of tackling rooms as a whole, think about ‘pockets’ of living spaces within your rooms. For a perfectly balanced reading corner, leverage the power of threes with a comfy chair, occasional table and statement plant or standing lamp.

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Curated art

Curating a collection of art that represents you and your interests is a great way to inject your personality into your home. For the boho finish, try propping up small framed prints on a sideboard or bedside table, here I’ve used a velvet stool, instead of hanging them on the wall (also renting-friendly!).

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Woven ratten

Rattan is synonymous with a boho aesthetic, but varying the weave and finish is key for a curated rather than matching look – for example, this tightly woven rattan bed frame pairs well with the more open weave lampshade.

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