Boho style is hot and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. If you’re looking for a way to bring the breezy, carefree bohemian aesthetic into your home, your outdoor space is the perfect place! Keep reading to get the scoop on what design elements go into the chic bohemian style and find boho patio ideas that will make your backyard, porch, or deck an oasis, whether for entertaining or just for you.
What is Bohemian Style?
Bohemian (or boho) style is eclectic, colorful, and global. Boho spaces tend to feel “collected,” as if the furniture and decor were collected over time and from different places and design eras. Because of its mismatched, carefree nature, this look is actually quite easy to pull off! Once you get the basics, you can easily add a little (or a lot) of this style into your outdoor dining area, entertaining space, outdoor lounge, fire pit conversation area, or whichever space your boho heart desires!
The beauty of boho style is you can go as dramatic or subtle as you want. If you’re looking for a complete boho outdoor experience, you can easily find bohemian-inspired outdoor furniture, decor, outdoor rugs, dining table and chair sets, garden umbrellas, lanterns, sofas, sectionals, ottomans, benches, daybeds, and more. Or you can go boho on a budget by just adding in vivid pops of color, patterns, and comfy pillows.
For the full scoop on this trending style, inside your home or outside, read up on boho style basics.
13 Easy Boho Patio Decorating Ideas to Try
Ready to get your boho on? Read on for 13 easy ways to incorporate this style into your outdoor space.
1. Keep Your Layout Casual
The overall vibe of your boho outdoor space should be relaxed, comfortable, and ultra livable. That means we can check any formalities at the door! The most basic way to do this? A casual layout! This will set the tone for your space and encourage conversations, easy flow, and create a space that’s easy to relax in.
Try skipping the matching sofas and embrace a more laid back conversation ring with asymmetrical furniture. Sectionals and daybeds are also great pieces because they encourage lounging. Fun poufs and swing seating options are also highly welcome!
2. Mix It Up With Different Furniture Styles
A good rule of thumb for boho patios: Your seating doesn’t have to match!
That’s right! You want it to look as though you’ve collected different pieces during your world travels. Instead of choosing a matching set of cushioned patio furniture (though there’s nothing wrong with that), go for an eclectic mix of different furniture styles.
You don’t have to stick to what people label as “boho furniture” when creating outdoor space. Take this patio set-up for example. It pairs a rustic wood and metal coffee table with mid-century modern dining chairs. Together, the aesthetic feels unexpected and eclectic.
Take it one step further by using pieces in unexpected ways. Add a chic garden stool that can also be used as a footrest or use a bar cart as a plant stand for added panache.
3. Punch It Up With Bold, Saturated Colors
Here’s a little secret, a shortcut to boho style is through a mix of vibrant colors! Bold and deeply saturated colors add intensity and boldness. Tropical hues like magenta, indigo, and rich greens are an easy place to start. Best of all, you can pick a palette that speaks to you!
4. Play With Patterns
Another secret ingredient to boho style is playing with patterns. Be fearless here! When it comes to patterns, the more the merrier. Mix geometric, traditional, organic, and global-inspired patterns together. If it all feels a little too much, you can stick to a unified color palette with 2-3 colors. But to truly embrace the boho vibe, go bold and decorate with any and all colors and patterns!
Tip for mixing patterns: Pair large scale patterns (simple and bold) with small scale patterns (more intricate and detailed). This provides a contrast so the patterns enhance each other rather than compete.
5. Sample Some Textural Delights
Bohemian style is a feast for the senses, so incorporating texture is a given. Layer in plenty of natural materials and a mix of smooth and rough textures. Take this setting, which features woven, natural grass rugs, a bamboo sofa, coffee table, and ottoman set, plus details like pillows and a variety of planters.
6. Natural Materials Galore
Boho style embraces the organic beauty of the natural world. Gravitate toward materials like rattan, jute, linen, unfinished woods, cotton, sisal, seagrass, stones, and more! This gives your space a more organic feel and also is an easy way to add texture (see idea #5 above!).
7. Layer Your Rugs
Unlock the casual, collected look of boho style by layering your rugs (and pillows, too). Layered rugs not only make a space feel more comfortable, they add visual interest. This also makes your space feel more comfortable and casual.
From the steps above, you know you can feel free to mix different patterns, materials, and colors. Have fun!
8. Playful Assortment of Planters
Boho style is all about plants, and any design is better when there are different height layers, which means potted plants are a must. Add a range of fun and eclectic planters and remember to have fun with playful shapes, patterns, and textures. You can even choose unexpected materials like baskets with tassels.
9. Opt for Playful and Interesting Shapes
To build on the curated vibe of your boho patio, add in some practical sculptural elements, like shapely seating options. Adding a chair or two with geometric-shaped arms and legs like these adds visual interest, especially when juxtaposed with plump poufs or a cushy sofa.
Bonus Tip: Choose shapes that speak to your style! Angular lines feel more modern and minimal. Rounded curves and swirls are more playful and feminine.
10. Add Artisanal and Organic Decorative Elements
Details and decoration are the finishing touches that make your backyard, patio, or deck into a designer space to hang. Look for pieces with a handmade quality to enhance the bohemian aesthetic, like pots and planters with imperfections and artisanal designs. Even found objects like pretty stones, your crystal collection, or seashells make beautiful decor—collect them in a bowl or jar for a unique centerpiece.
11. Make It Cozy with Lights
The core of boho style is comfortable and casual, not formal. Part of creating this cozy atmosphere outside is lighting. String lights are a great way to create soft illumination in your boho patio and still have enough light to entertain into the evening. Add even more soft light and ornamentation with colorful lanterns. Paper lanterns add to the global element and are also fun and affordable.
12. Pile on Throw Pillows
Since you’re going for casual comfort, get crazy with a pile of pillows in a mix of bold colors and patterns. For maximum cush, arrange your throw pillows 2-4 layers deep. Bonus points if pillows include color, pattern, and playful details like tassels on the corners.
13. Hang Out in a Hanging Chair
Boho is a playful style—take that literally with furniture that encourages you to have fun. Hanging chairs with comfy cushions, colorful hammocks, and even rocking chairs are great additions to your patio, porch, or deck. They spark conversation and offer comfortable seating.
Bringing a boho aesthetic to your outdoor space turns your front porch, patio, or backyard into an eclectic getaway where everyone will want to gather. Whether you’re incorporating just a handful of bold pillows or are going for a complete patio revamp with furniture, rugs, decor, lighting, and more, you’ll find what you need (and enjoy free shipping) at Hayneedle!
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