Taking Bohemian Interior Design in a Dark New Direction
Dark bohemian interior design is one to watch, decorating junkies! Because there’s a distinct move away from that bright, all-white boho look in homes of late. And let’s face facts: you really need to get on board the trend train.
You’ll find loads of inspo online to create that beige-white-coastal style of bohemian design. It’s everywhere. I know it’s gorgeous too, don’t get me wrong. But I feel it’s almost at its peak. In at least a year, it’ll feel overexposed. Done and dusted. Time to hit the hay. You get the idea. It happens to a lot of popular interior design styles. Everyone does it to death and then suddenly… we can’t take it anymore.
Today I wanted to get you to join the dark side with a little help from my friends at Metricon. They have a brand new theme in their interior design LookBook, called Wanderlust, and it’s dark bohemian design done oh so right! I’m beaming from ear to ear over this look, because it takes the best of boho and injects some depth, mood and drama. With a touch of luxe, too.
So let’s take a closer look at this trend and how you can rock it in your own home.
How to Rock that Dark Boho Vibe
Why it Gotta Be All White?
You’ll notice straight off the bat that the look doesn’t feature a tonne of white. Personally, I find this super refreshing. The moodier feel of this look is created through the use of neutral tones that are far darker than you’re used to, namely:
- Chocolate brown shines through materials like timber
- An array of greys dazzle in wall paint and rugs
- Tan tones are much-needed in accessories like cushions
- Black features heavily in curtain rods, table legs and lampshades
- Pops of brass in lamp bases, ornaments and mirrors are also present
- Plus cream tones are seen in cushions, wall hangings and other accessories
Sure, there is a little white in this dark bohemian interior design, but it’s oh-so-sparingly. You know us Aussies are so fond of white in our homes that it probably scares you to head in this dark a direction. But trust me when I say white is not right. The moment you change your mindset around an interior needing to be bright and crisp, the richer and more layered your home will feel. Word!
Everyone’s gone mad for jewel-toned decor, armchairs and headboards of late. The good news: you can use them in this look. Nothing better than homewares and furniture that evolve!
Bringing in the Bling
One of the other things I love about this look is that it encourages bling. Now, I’m by no means a flashy, gold-everywhere, chandelier kinda guy. But it’s nice to merge the luxe trend with this darker bohemian one.
Brass plays a major part here, but in small doses. Think less brass on table or chair legs, and more in one ornament on the coffee table. Some brass in a lamp base on a side table. Or perhaps a brass trim around the mirror in your entryway. Introduce this metallic in small doses and it’ll keep the look feeling high-end, but earthy (which is one of the main draw-cards here!)
I’m also all too aware that everyone’s gone mad for the jewel-toned velvet decor, armchairs, and headboards of late. The good news: you can keep all of those and use them in this look. It’s nice to have an interior scheme that evolves, and this one truly does. All you need to do is bring in more darker tones and more organic textures and you’re onto a winning new interior.
I’d steer clear of silver and copper in this look. The silver is too cold and the copper is too industrial.
This look is the perfect coming together of two worlds: global hotel meets relaxed boho escape. If you get the balance right, you’ll end up with a home that feels sophisticated, exotic, and yet not overly laboured.
Displaying Travel Keepsakes is a Must
What’s going to keep this look from feeling too forced is the addition of your personal mementoes. Namely travel ornaments and artwork. This dark bohemian interior trend takes a lot of its cues from the global traveller trend, so don’t be afraid to display some keepsakes (ideas for displaying your memories are in this post).
You’ll notice in the imagery here that animal head ornaments are showcased, along with juju hats, ornaments with feathers, and macrame wall hangings. It’s not only global in look and feel, but handmade too. It’s the perfect coming together of two worlds: global hotel meets relaxed boho escape. If you get the balance right (don’t display too many handmade Etsy finds), you’ll end up with a home that feels sophisticated, exotic, and yet relaxed and not too laboured.
When going through your box of mementoes and travel keepsakes, do keep the colour palette in mind. You want pieces that are black, white, grey, beige, gold etc. This look is not a bright one, so keep it subdued and you’re onto a winner.
Texture is of Course an Absolute Must
A classic bohemian look is all about texture. That’s what makes it so amazing! And in this darker take on the traditional it’s still there. All of your throws with tassels can stay. All of your cushions with embellishments are good too. Macrame wall hangings are a go! Even your fluffy diamond-pattern rugs are going to work in this darker scheme. That’s what I call re-decorating without a huge new homewares spend.
It’s wise to look outside of just smaller homewares pieces though. For example, textured paint effects work really well in this look. A satin effect would be divine. You could also look into VJ timber panelling (so easy to install). Or, as the clever cookies at Metricon have done here, you can cover walls in a gorgeous cloth paper (do it, please – it always looks so phenomenal).
Lastly, don’t forget lots of greenery in the dark bohemian interior. It brings texture, it brings life, and it looks so lush up against those charcoal grey and brown tones (I always kill greenery so if you need fake plant varieties, here’s where to get them).
Are you Loving this Look?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. What are your thoughts on a bohemian look that goes in a darker direction? Let me know if you’re digging it or think it’s dire!