Create a Boho Aesthetic With Houseplants
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Create a Boho Aesthetic With Houseplants

Do you want to create a boho aesthetic in your home, with lots of houseplants? This warm, inviting style is perfect for plant lovers.

You’ve probably noticed the look if you spend any time on Instagram or Pinterest. Boho’s cozy vibe is all over social media, and it almost always includes houseplants.

Here’s how you can get that same look in your home, and incorporate your current and future plants—with boho decorating, you can always add more plants!

What is the boho aesthetic?

Boho, short for bohemian, incorporates natural materials, cozy textures, global-inspired patterns, and vintage-style furniture. The bohemian style is unique to each person—you can style a fairly neutral room with pops of color from your plants or accessories, and add a variety of textures for interest. Or, you could make it a more vibrant look by mixing in more colors and patterns.

Bohemian style is inspired by artists, creatives, and free spirits. An eclectic mix of styles from around the world and from various decades, boho results in a hand-curated style that’s very personal and very cozy!

For all of us houseplant fanatics, boho is the perfect style for incorporating our collection of plant babies. Whether you’re just starting with houseplants or you have hundreds, incorporating plants into your boho aesthetic will turn your home into a relaxing oasis.

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Essential boho decorating elements

When you’re styling your space with a bohemian look, it’s all about incorporating your favorite pieces to make the room your own. But—here are some design elements that can really give your home that boho vibe.

  • Warm and neutral colors
  • Woven baskets and planters
  • Wicker and rattan
  • Wood shelving
  • Fringes and tassels
  • Textured pillows
  • Cozy vintage furniture
  • Macramé plant hangers and wall hangings
  • Candles and lanterns
  • Neutral or global-inspired rugs
  • Fairy lights or strings of globe lights
  • Quirky midcentury-style ceiling fixtures, floor and table lamps
  • Warm metal accents (gold, brass)
  • Chunky blankets and throws
  • Hanging or standing basket chairs
  • Poufs and ottomans
  • Pops of color
  • And tons of houseplants, of course!

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Elements to avoid for a boho aesthetic

Boho doesn’t have any hard-and-fast rules. If you have furniture or an accent piece that you love, you can always find a way to incorporate them into a room. That said, here are some basic guidelines for what you should try to avoid too much of if you really want a boho look.

  • Very dark walls or furniture (although a couple of darker items can help ground a room)
  • Overly fussy pieces
  • Matching furniture sets—mix them into different rooms if you can
  • Overly modern or antique looks—though a few pieces worked in can look great
  • Minimalist or sterile looks
  • Too much of one theme in a room (nautical, beachy, etc)
  • Cool-toned metal elements (chrome, silver, platinum)
  • A monochromatic color scheme

Best houseplants to get that boho look

Although any houseplant will work with boho style (no plant snobs here!), you should aim to have a mix of different sizes, leaf colors and patterns, as well as plants that can live on the floor, on stands or shelves, and in hanging baskets.

Here are some popular houseplants that can help you create a boho vibe in your home:

  • Groups of succulents
  • Monstera deliciosa or adansonii (Swiss cheese plants)
  • Pothos or philodendrons (trailing or climbing up a moss or jute pole)
  • String of pearls (or dolphins, turtles, fishhooks)
  • Cacti
  • Snake plants
  • Rubber tree (Ficus elastica)

How to style your houseplants in the boho aesthetic

Houseplants can really make your bohemian style come alive, and the more plants the better!

You’ll want to give each plant a unique home with a mix of textured and smooth cachepots in solids and interesting patterns. Aim for a look that’s been curated over time instead of a collection of matchy-matchy pots.

Tall tropical houseplants are right at home in the boho style, and look great in wicker, rattan, or woven coverpots in neutral colors or bold stripes.

Hanging plants can trail down from macramé plant hangers, leather or jute cords, or from tall shelves and plant stands. Instead of having one lonely plant hanging in the corner, hang a few of them for impact. Plants like friends, too!

Check out these DIY indoor plant hanger projects for some easy-to-make boho looks.

Statement plant walls are right at home in boho style. Install floating shelves, or add round wall hangers so you can display a collection of smaller plants in pots right on your wall.

If you’re unable to install plant holders on your walls, you can still create a plant wall with removable hooks that won’t damage the paint (I’ve had good luck with these clear ones). You won’t be able to hang heavy plants, but you can display small succulents, air plants, and even cuttings you’re propagating. Hang your containers with jute, thick twine, or leather cord.

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Shopping list to help add houseplants to your boho aesthetic:

Whether you’re decorating in mainly neutrals with just a little color, or your style is more eclectic and bright, check out this shopping list to help you incorporate houseplants into your boho space.

Slouchy woven plant basket

Macramé plant hangers

Mini succulent garden

Updated terracotta pots

Textural white cachepots

Monstera deliciosa

Macramé wall hanging plant shelf

Rattan cachepots

Wooden hanging shelf

String of pearls

Seagrass plant basket

Golden pothos

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12 Comments

  1. Courtney says:

    I love this aesthetic, but I can never quite get it right. I tend to only see each item on its own and struggle to look for big picture when choosing decor. I really appreciate your tips! Also, my wife is a master plant mom, so we’ve got the greens covered 🙂

    1. Courtney, I totally get that. Boho is supposed to look eclectic, but sometimes that’s a more difficult look to achieve than a traditional or streamlined aesthetic! That’s great that your wife is so good with plants — they can totally make a room much more cozy and pulled-together.

  2. Jeff Albom says:

    I love the hanging plant idea. My daughter just put together several string of pearl planters, one in a hanging pot. They look great.

    1. Jeff, I love string of pearls! I bet your daughter’s plant arrangement is fantastic 😀

  3. I love this post. I absolutely love the boho aesthetics in a house, even though I don’t really follow that style 100%. I have quite a few retro items at home. As a child I used to make macrame items for hanging plants. I should do it again and add some hanging plants in my interior.

    1. Hi Sabine, you totally should make some plant hangers, especially if you used to do it as a kid! I’ve seen some amazing macrame plant hangers lately. I especially love the ones with round wooden shelves hanging from macrame. There’s a really sweet one in my DIY hanging planters post you might like 😀

  4. Tiffany says:

    I need to get some of those crocheted hanging planters for my ivy! This gives me some great ideas for our home office!

    1. Hi Tiffany, wouldn’t they be so cute for a trailing ivy? Glad I could give you some inspiration for your home office!

  5. I love this so much! Beautiful post!

    1. I’m glad you liked it, Jessica! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. love this! I never had plants before until this year and now I have 9!

    1. Hi Liz, wow! I’ve heard from so many people that 2020 was the year they also surrounded themselves with houseplants 😀 I know my collection grew quite a bit, too!

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