10 boho & eclectic decorating ideas

Get boho chic style with these globally-inspired looks

Add Spanish warmth

Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Add Spanish warmth

In this California home owned by a Spanish emigrant, a metal peace sign gets a boost from white lights and some horns, creating an homage to both California and Spain. The red wall and fireplace underscore the Spanish vibe.

More: 8 ways to add Spanish flair to your home

 

Embrace the ethnic eclectic

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Embrace the ethnic eclectic

You can go for an electic scheme that doesn't stray into hodgepodge terrirtory by using a connecting thread of color, tone, or shape. In this living room, floral fabrics mingle with graphic prints, and Moroccan and Mexican accessories with midcentury furniture. All are linked by a ’70s palette.

More: 8 ways to embrace '70s style at home

A home for entertaining

A home for entertaining

Dinner parties happen in this fenced front yard under an intimate arbor set aglow by Moroccan-style lamps, giving the space an exotic and intimate vibe that guests adore.

Create a communal space

Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy; written by Miranda Jones

Create a communal space

An open great room and kitchen, with plenty of seats at the table, ensures there is enough space no matter how many friends and neighbors stop by for a gathering.

Highlight your heirlooms

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Highlight your heirlooms

An orange pendant lamp, blue rug, and heirlooms, such as a macramé planter and ceramic pot made by the homeowner's mother, give this dining room a vintage feel. Posters from the 1950's and '60s underscore the vibe.

More: Decorating with family finds

Foreign affairs

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Foreign affairs

For daily reminders of your most memorable journeys, you can curate an enchanting collection of far-flung souvenirs.

More: How to decorate in a global style

 

 

Get a beach-house look

Photo by David Fenton

Get a beach-house look

Love the beach-house aesthetic but don't live near the ocean? Fake it with this fun idea. A Craigslist find, this drift boat was reinvented as a sofa. The new owners added a fresh coat of white, cut away one side, and inserted a foam mattress. Instead of cutting off the leftover rope, they coiled it into a floor mat.

More: 9 ways to fake beach-house style

Tropical sanctuary

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Tropical sanctuary

Love Southeast Asia, but can't afford a trip this year? Skip the pricey plane fare and invest in a backyard Bali of your own. A patio becomes a lush tropical lanai without breaking the bank.

More: Build an affordable backyard Bali

Bring on the whimsy

Bring on the whimsy

Blends heirloom and global finds for an eclectic look. Whimsical items such as this reclaimed-wood swing are instant conversation pieces.

Create an anchor

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Create an anchor

With its well-made, classic form, a Danish heirloom bookshelf unit anchors the room and serves as a great foundation for the collections on display. The ceramic and glass objects, and the statement wall, add personality.

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