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Everything you need to know about the boho beach look

Attention ocean-loving free spirits of the world: if your heart is set on a home that reflects your easy-breezy lifestyle, look no further than the boho beach look. The interiors trend is an evolution of classic coastal style, fused with a bohemian spark that suits our laidback Australian lifestyle to a tee. Here, we cover everything you need to know to get the look.

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What is the boho beach look?

In a nutshell, boho beach is simply a combination of the coastal look and bohemian style. Boho and coastal are both relaxed interior trends that work really well together by melding the muted, rustic vibe of classic coastal style with the bold eclecticism of boho decor. The result is a chic look that exudes a year-round holiday feel. 
 

You’ll love it if…

You can spend hours at the ocean and want a lived-in interiors style that reflects your indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Your aesthetic favours the airiness of a neutral colour palette and natural materials, but you’re not one to subscribe to a pristine look. You want your home to showcase your personality via rooms that are calm and relaxing, yet far from boring. 

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Key elements of the boho beach look


Pared-back colour

The boho beach look is rooted in a neutral colour palette, with airy white walls and timber floors providing a classic coastal backdrop complemented by contemporary shades of grey, pebble and sand. A wider spectrum of hues come courtesy of home decor, with soft sage green, rose and ocean blue injecting just the right amount of oomph. A washed-back version of these colours speaks to the lived-in look and sits well alongside natural materials such as rattan, cane and smooth Scandi-style timber.
 

Extra texture 

The boho beach colour palette may be restrained, but it's bolstered by extra texture. We’re talking jute and sisal rugs, fabric wall accents, fringed blankets and tufted cushions. This interior look emphasises texture across larger furniture pieces, too—rattan is an integral element that works across everything from rattan dining chairs to rattan bedheads.

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Loose layers

Nothing says relaxed elegance like a linen throw casually draped over a slipcover sofa (subbed for a chunky knitted blanket in winter). The art of layering is key to boho beach style, and thanks to the look’s signature soft colour scheme, layering the likes of a sheepskin rug over an area rug can be achieved while maintaining a refined edge.
 

Global prints

Prints can be bold and exotic, but they needn't be high-contrast. Instead, boho beach favours patterns that emerge from texture, such as Aztec stitching across throw cushions or a loomed bohemian-style rug. As mentioned above, it is best to start with a white backdrop and then use rugs, throws, cushions and wall art to bring in pattern as well as colour. And if you only want to use one or two prints in a room, that’s okay!

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Inside-out flow

Pieces that bring the outside in are an important part of the boho beach look. Think timbers, greenery, and natural fibres. Alongside large potted trees, try hanging planters that draw the eye up and add visual interest. Don’t shy away from a hanging chair inside the home either—it’ll provide the perfect place to curl up and relax in true boho beach style.
 

Home-spun accessories

Consider these accents the icing on your boho beach home; rattan pendant lights, woven storage baskets, a seagrass tray, and a wicker-framed mirror to open up the space. Shell ornaments and decorative driftwood elements also work but be careful to not go overboard on the literal coastal references.

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Go-to materials for boho beach style

  • Rattan
  • Jute
  • Smooth timber
  • Macrame
  • Linen
  • Leather trims
  • Rope
 

What is beachy vs coastal style?

While boho beach draws on classic coastal style, there are fundamental differences that set these two looks apart. Where beachy style incorporates relaxed bohemian elements such as global prints and textural accents, coastal decor leans more rustic, bringing a country sensibility to the seaside. Tufted dining chairs, black metal hardware and traditional patterns such as florals and nautical stripes are big in coastal interiors, as is white timber furniture. Overall, the coastal look is more restrained and formal than boho beach style.
 
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Natalie Mell 10 April, 2022

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