The Ultimate Guide to Boho Style Rugs
Bohemian, or boho, interior design is a design style dating back to 19th century France whose origin is defined by the collective, eclectic vision of artists. It's a style known for its departure from traditional design rules and acceptance of the comfortable, the unique, and the unconventional.
You won't find any set instructions for decorating with boho style, but there are a few things to know when you start out. Here are a few of the most key characteristics of bohemian design:
- Layering patterns, prints, and linens.
- Keeping your focus on the natural: lighting and materials especially.
- Combining neutral tones with pops of bright color, with a special focus on the vibrancy of jewel tones.
- Always go overboard when it comes to pillows, plushes, and throws.
- Try to avoid styling things too much and instead go with an intuitive approach - trust your gut!
What natural fabrics should I look for when choosing a boho style rug?
Boho isn't a design style that fits in with modern minimalism. The "more is more" aesthetic is embraced with this design style, which means that you can use just about any type of rug fiber as long as it's done in a mix-'n-match style.
When it comes to the natural fiber rugs available from Sisal Rugs Direct, we've found that the following materials are our personal favorites for styling bohemian rooms:
- Sisal. Sisal rugs are made from durable fibers made from the leaves of the Agave Sisalana plant. Sisal is best known for its rich natural color tones, long-lasting durability, and versatility.
- Jute. Jute rugs are made from a long, shiny, soft vegetable fiber that's dried and spun into coarse but strong threads. Rugs made from these materials are thick, with noticeable texture that makes them great for a bottom layer when layering rugs.
- Seagrass. Seagrass rugs are made from - you guessed it! - dried seagrass. These fibers can have a unique greenish tone that makes them a nice addition to any boho room. Other features include non-porous fibers that make seagrass rugs one of the most stain-resistant options available.
- Hemp. Hemp rugs are similar in appearance to jute, but they've got a softer feeling underfoot that makes them a good choice for a top layer whenever you're layering your rugs. These rugs typically come in warmer tones and can add coziness and warmth to any room they inhabit.
How should I style my boho style rugs?
Once you’ve gathered your rugs, the next question is how to style them. Here are some of our best tips:
- Layering rugs is something we've always been a proponent of, but it's especially true when you're attempting to create a boho look. Mixing different patterned rugs or rugs from different colors or types of natural fabric can easily elevate your space.
- Combine your natural fiber rugs with a selection of antiques and vintage furniture. Boho style, at its core, is considered eclectic. For a styled home to be eclectic it needs a variety of items sourced from a variety of times, places, and stores. Don’t be afraid to dig in at your local thrift shops to find accent pieces to go with your rugs.
- Keep a color scheme that combines calm naturals with bright accents. Natural fiber rugs are most frequently found in neutral shades of grey, tan, and white. These are great as foundational items in a boho-styled room because your more brightly colored accents will be highlighted by neutral floor coverings.
- Get some plants! You can anchor the corners of curling rugs with large potted plants that also accompany your boho style. The more natural the vibe, the better!
Boho style is all about the natural, comfortable, and beautiful. The drapy, the dreamy, the decorative. We hope this guide has helped you figure out your favorite variety of boho style rug so that you can find the right one for you. If you’re interested in browsing more rugs, you can always check out our online catalog with tons of boho and boho-adjacent natural fiber rugs waiting for you.