You don’t have to choose between laid-back style and high glamour—simply blend the two to create boho glam.
Are you drawn toward the relaxed vibe of a bohemian retro scheme, with its seemingly “thrown together” ambience? But do you also have a magpie-like urge to include glam metallic accessories, luxe textiles and opulent jewel tones? If so, then boho glam, a striking blend of relaxed style and luxurious glamour, is the look for you. Here’s how to combine two design worlds in one very happy union.
Steal some Moroccan style. Still not sure where to begin with creating the boho glam look? Pick an exotic destination to inspire you. Morocco is the obvious choice, as its style tenets— bright, bold colors, an abundance of pattern and gorgeous ornate metallic accessories — overlap with the key hallmarks of boho glam.
Start with a beautiful Moroccan-style rug and build up the colors from there. Don’t forget finishing touches, such as radiator covers or panels featuring fretwork that can be painted to tie in.
Pick a peacock chair. If there’s one item that screams 1970s boho, it’s the iconic peacock chair. Although perhaps associated with hippie chicks in floaty floral dresses strumming guitars, this attention-grabbing, fantailed wicker beauty traces its origins to Southeast Asia in the 17th century.
Having bobbed in and out of fashion over the years, it’s seeing a resurgence in popularity once more and is the perfect piece if you want to play with scale and add height to a room that has low-slung seating.
Add a bar cart. This stylish vintage cart encapsulates the boho glam look all by itself. Its midcentury styling gives it boho cred, while the choice of material—a glorious gold—guarantees the glam. Now all that’s left is to style it with a fabulously over-the-top cocktail shaker, elegant glasses in jewel colors, and beautifully designed liquor bottles.
Make room for plants. For an instant boho vibe that will bring your decor to life, add some plants. Pick a specimen with large leaves, such as a philodendron, to make a big, bold statement or, for an instant hit of 1970s nostalgia, opt for a rubber plant, low-maintenance succulents or a spider plant in a hanging macrame basket.
In this living room, the wildness of the greenery is balanced with a luxe chesterfield, sparkly cushions and a marble-topped coffee table.
Make a feature of lighting. Lighting in a boho glam room should shout “look at me” with as many sources as possible competing for attention.
Mix a floor lamp, a colorful chandelier and table lamps together, but just make sure they don’t match! Ornate embellishments, such as fringe and beading, will maximize those boho credentials, while bases with metallic and shiny surfaces will add the glam factor.