If Boho and Scandinavian Styles Had a Baby It Would be Boho-navian

This love child is becoming the hot new trend. If you adore the colors and textures of boho, but worry it may look too busy, marry it with a minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic to get a hip boho-navian style.

By: Jacquelyn McGilvray

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Mix and Match to Get the Look

To get the boho-navian look combine Scandi-influenced natural, blond woods and light colors with rich boho texture, global patterns and lots of greenery. In this room, natural wood tones set in white surroundings provide the typical, clean-lined Scandinavian vibe while a mix of boho textures — chenille, woven fabrics, shag rug — and a lot of greenery give the space a shot of warmth and coziness.

Go With One Bold Piece

You can blend the rich colors and fabrics of bohemian style with the light colors and natural materials typical of Scandinavian style. To get the look, go with one bold boho piece like this deep-blue sofa. Paired with the traditional rug, the sofa beautifully contrasts with the white walls, light woods and ultra large fig tree.

Don't Forget the Blues

Muted-blue tones have always been a mainstay in Scandinavian style but paired with woven textures and graphic patterns the look becomes more boho.

Try a Gender-Neutral Boho-navian Nursery

Do bohemian babies dream of macrame mobiles? Don't know. But I do know casual Scandinavian decor mixed with a global vibe makes for a sweet, very Zen baby’s room. This beautiful macrame mobile was crafted by The Forest Fern.

Make It Woodsy

Both Scandinavian and boho styles have a tree-hugger vibe, so natural elements like live-edge furniture, tree-branch railing and lots of botanicals are a must. Paired with crisps whites and rich textures like shag and tassels make the room inviting and cozy.

Include Some Wicker

An egg-shaped wicker swing might be the quintessential bohemian piece of furniture. And it goes perfectly with a distressed turquoise dresser. But the look is kept uncluttered with the all-white surroundings and natural materials typical of Scandinavian style.

Make Sure to Add Some Fluff

White linens are a definite in Scandinavian style and quilted patterns are a big part of boho. For the boho-navian look, use a variety of plush fabrics in cream and white and top it off with some fringy throw pillows.

Mix the Blues

Simple white lines and muted blue tones infuse this space with a Scandinavian vibe, while the live-edge table, grass-cloth window treatments and the single monstera leaf on the mantel make it hippie friendly.

Share the Look With the Next Generation

Boho is an easy look to pull off in a teenager’s bedroom. The hippie patterns and layers of texture make it cool for even the snarkiest of teens. But the neutral color palette will give the appearance of being neat even when it may not be.

Layer the Neutrals

Start your boho-navian design with neutrals as your backdrop. Here the white walls, black window trim, cream rug and a gray sectional create a clean palette that gets boho-ized with global accents, vintage furniture and a stately fig tree.

From: Heidi Richardson

Uncluttered = Relaxation

A neutral color palette is easy on the eyes and relaxing for the mind. The fluffy white bed invites slumber on a chilly Scandinavian night, while the beautiful wood bed, floating nightstands, forced forsythia and single bulb light fixtures infuse that hip boho-ness.

From: Clara Jung

Don't Forget the Air Plants

No bohemian home would be complete without houseplants. If your thumb is not green, try a few air plants. They’re very low maintenance and in a simple glass vessel, they add an air of minimalist Scandinavian style.

Give Shiplap a Try

Shiplap isn’t just for farmhouse decor. It lends itself perfectly to the Scandinavian look. The sisal wall hanging is actually a rug (hanging a rug on a wall, now that’s super bohemian), mixed with the pompom mobile and fabric bunting, they provide an avant-garde look baby will love.

Incorporate Shapes and Texture

What this boho-navian room lacks in color it makes up for in shapes and texture. If you’re going for a neutral palette, use a variety of shapes and fabrics to add interest.

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