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Boho Runners Done Right

Sabra Lattos Photography
Sabra Lattos via My Domaine

Lately I’ve found myself thinking about all of the long and narrow spaces within the walls of my home that could use a little something before cold weather strikes. Mainly because I don’t want to freeze my toes off walking around on cold nights, but also because those areas are missed opportunities to add even more personality to the decor.

Paige Jones
Paige Jones

When it comes to rugs my personal preference leans in the bohemian direction. I love the colors and patterns associated with the style, not to mention that those patterns generally help hide marks and stains exceptionally well. I have a space similar to the one above between an island and a wall of cabinets in my kitchen. The small rug I have in place now is perfect for summer, when cool wood floors feel oh-so-good underfoot, but I’d like to add something more for the later months. A runner is the perfect size and some bold color wouldn’t go unnoticed once the outside world goes grey.

Kate Marker Interiors

There’s a small hallway between the entry into my house and the kitchen that I’d love to layer up. I already have a beautiful rug laid in front of the door, but am entertaining the idea of overlaying a runner that would lead you into the next room directly on top. If ever there’s a time to take advantage of the tiered look it’s this time of year!

Wiff Harmer Photography

I’m out to conquer the common misconception that you can’t place a floor rug on top of wall to wall. That’s right, you can! My upstairs hallway is covered in the stuff, beige no less. A pretty boho runner full of deep tones and pattern is just begging to be put down to liven the space up. It will also make that early morning walk to the shower just a little more interesting!

boho-runners

1. Safavieh Adirondack in silver and black  2. Surya Banshee in cherry, hot pink, and mauve  3. Safavieh Cambridge in navy blue and ivory  4. Surya Jewel Tone in midnight blue, persimmon, and hibiscus  5. Surya Jute in natural bleached  6. Surya Scarborough in charcoal, olive, rust, and cherry

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Get the Boho Chic Look

Laid-back, flea market-inspired bohemian style is a look that’s easy love, and easy to live with. Think of wicker swing chairs draped in fluffy sheepskin, layered rugs and textiles, and eclectic accessories and artwork. Achieving this look might seem tricky, but it’s actually quite simple, because it’s all about collecting what you love. Building on a base of simple budget basics and hand-me-down furniture, you can easily layer on treasured finds from vintage shops, garage sales, and yes, flea markets, for a unique look that’s all your own.

 

To break it down, here are a few trademark boho chic “essentials” to keep an eye out for as you are strolling the Sunday flea market (or online marketplace) with your chai latte and french market bag in hand:

-Colorful, ethnic-inspired rugs

-Sheepskins and flokatis

-Vintage wicker and bamboo furniture

-Midcentury modern teak furniture

-Colorful pottery

-Paper lanterns

Textiles in general, and rugs in particular, are key to the boho chic look, so don’t be shy in picking out a bold pattern or color … or two or three!

Rug Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Safevieh Belize Shag rug in ivory; Tayse International Trading Concept rug in teal and taupe; Surya Zahra rug in hot pink and burnt orange; Rugs Direct Gallery Sienna rug in black; Safavieh Kilim rug in pink and ivory; Jaipur Rugs Desert rug in Mojave.

Photo Credits: (from top to bottom) Refinery 29Armelle Habib for Inside Out magazine; SF Girl By BayBrittany Ambridge for Domino magazine.

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