By John Linden
Interior design, furniture design, lover of all things chic in home decor.
Boho decor is having a renaissance. With Etsy, Shopify, and the internet in general, so many chic Boho shops are easier to work with than ever. Gone are the days when the local wall paper guy was they only place to go to find wall paper.
This article shows you some of our favorite Boho inspired wall papers, tells you about their story, and let’s you know how to get the look for your own space.
Ready? Let’s go!
Say what you will about hippies, but they’ve certainly got great taste. Since the late 19th century, bohemians have been responsible for bringing all kinds of unique designs into mainstream culture. &&
Much of their influence has to do with the fact that, traditionally, bohemians had very limited resources. Living in small homes on the outskirts of society, these artists and free spirits had to make the most with what they had. Oftentimes, this meant that they couldn’t afford the goods that were in fashion.
Instead, 19th and early 20th-century bohemians would source their goods from less expensive markets. They’d employ refuse and secondhand materials to make their clothing, furniture, and other necessities. And, as creative folks, they had an eye for beautiful things. So just because they were poor didn’t mean that their homes looked dingy. &&
Over time, the boho aesthetic has had a large impact on design. It’s especially noticeable in wallpaper. Bohemians LOVE dense, complex patterns that feature flowers and other organic shapes. So, if you’re looking to decorate like a true bohemian, you’re definitely going to need some nice wallpaper.
Golden Rule Of Boho Design 🔑
A nature based bohemian design is the perfect way to make your individual style statement whilst keeping a relaxed, dreamy feel to your home.
Classic Motifs of Boho Decor and Wallpaper
Boho aesthetics range in style. After all, this design style was born from the amalgamation of a bunch of different looks. There is some Asian influence, a bit of mid-century modern, and a sprinkle of vintage/rustic styles, as well. Depending on who’s decorating, each of these elements is employed to various degrees.
When it comes to wallpaper, though, there are a few motifs that really scream “boho!”. Any of these styles will set the perfect stage for a bohemian dream home.
Paisley Similar to flowers but with an extra bit of boho flair. Middle Eastern motifs show up a lot in boho design, and paisley comes straight from Persia. Not a bad choice if you can get your hands on a roll of paisley wallpaper.
Floral Bohemians love flowers. All types, too. While there are definitely some floral patterns that might look out of place in a bohemian home, most flower-patterned wallpaper looks great behind a veil of patchouli smoke.
Ikat Another Middle Eastern style, Ikat patterns are named for the dying technique that’s traditionally used to create them. Ikat patterns range in style, but nearly all of them would fit a bohemian dwelling space quite nicely.
Golden Rule Of Boho Design 🔑
“… less is more. Pick a few pieces that you love like a gorgeous throw, some artwork and your favourite travel curio and style around them. The best part is you can add to this style with abandon and not having to worry if things ‘match’.
Where to Find Indie Boho Wallpaper
If you’re looking for Boho wallpaper thats off the mainstream retail path, here are some excellent indie retailers that you should check out.
A Brooklyn wallpaper studio where you can find abstract, artistic, and Boho designs.
They have an excellent pop art selection along with other very cool patterns and designs. Check out the inkling collection and prepare to have your mind blown.
A bespoke wall paper and tile studio from the PNW, Juju Papers has a unique collection that would look great in a chic apartment or the great room of an upscale home.
FWIW, Juju Papers also has a new collection of tiles that I love. Check them out here.
Tennessee’s finest wall paper! I’m not sure that I would describe their style as truly Boho, but I wanted to include them in order to honor the age old rule of boho decor, “If a piece of decor works well and you love it, it will find a place in your home.”
New Hat’s entire website is worth checking out — and so is their Insta. Find them @_newhat_
Mainstream Boho Wallpaper Retailers
If you don’t mind buying some mass-produced wallpaper, there are plenty of great retailers out there. west elm, for example, has a ton of great boho designs. They carry both permanent and removable designs, all at reasonable prices.
Anthropologie also has a wide selection of floral print and patterned wallpapers. This should come as no surprise, given the fact that Anthro is the go-to store for any and all boho revivalists. The biggest problem there, of course, is leaving with JUST a roll of wallpaper (and not six bags filled with other stuff, too).
Target actually has a nice selection of boho-inspired wallpaper designs, as well. If you’re trying to save some money on decorating, check there first. Obviously, you can’t beat Target’s prices.
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