How to layer textiles and prints in a 70’s boho style

We've put together some different approaches to 70s boho, including some advice from interiors professional Jenny Hurren

Boho textured bedroom

The best bit about the resurgence of the 1970s trend is that, whether you were there first time around or not, the latest take on one of the most famous interior eras is both subtly and sensitively done.

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Round rug in light and airy square room

There is tactile texture in the form of shagpile rugs, fringes, tassels and woven rattan takes on warm and earthy hues, plus worldly prints and patterns that have an artisanal edge. This bohemian play on the 1970s works particularly well in the bedroom, where it creates a calming, comforting vibe.

“This decade is often associated with bold bright tones, however there’s actually a much more neutral and natural side to this era,” explains Jakki Pay, fashion and home design director at House of Fraser.

“It’s really easy and achievable to recreate this look, by working with different textiles, textures and prints and layering duvet covers, pillows, cushions and throws. The muted tones and relaxed styling create an understated bohemian feel that won’t overhaul the whole bedroom décor,” she says.

Variations on a textured boho bedroom
Left: bedroom from Lene Bjerre Design. Right: bedroom from House of Fraser

Much of the inspiration behind this look comes from a time where people started travelling more and opening their homes up to worldly influences, she adds.

“We’ve sourced a patchwork of techniques, from mark-making to hand-stitching and tactile fringing, so expect natural materials, tribal prints and plenty of earthy, sun-dried colour.

“I love the little variations that make artisanal textiles and ceramics unique and that’s why this trend has such staying power and is really workable today,” says Jakki.

Minimalist come boho bedroom with rugs and carpet and blankets
Bedroom from Ligne Roset

One-off designs that don’t fit a mould offer a perfect antidote to our mass-produced modern-day, agrees Mariella Hostrup Buus of Lene Bjerre Design.

“The authenticity and warmness of the designs and colours from the 1970s have been passed on in a subtle way to today,” she enthuses.

“Handmade items give a human and unique feeling, while textiles are allowed to be uneven, loose and wrinkled. The bedroom welcomes a warm and woven texture, to really emphasise our need for cocooning and going off-line,” adds Mariella.

Colourful textured boho bedroom and earthy tones boho bedroom
Left: bedroom from Yonder. Right: Bedroom from Zinc Textile

In amongst this soothing scene, don’t miss the chance to inject some of the original 1970s colour palette; think avocado greens, browns and oranges mixed against yellows and golds, says Bronwen Harris of Poliform.

“For today’s ode to this era choose these colours as accents in the rugs or upholstery, using white to cool down the mix of tones and patterns,” she advises.

“If you are brave, mash bold patterns on curtains that contradict with the rest,” says Bronwen. Because the beauty in this nostalgic tale is that you can take the era’s inspiration and reinvent it in your own style.

Rustic wood and neutral toned boho bedroom
Bedroom from Tine K Home

Jenny Hurren, director of Out There Interiors, shares how to bring the best of the 1970s into the 21st century…

Natural brights

The 1970s may have been bold and ‘out there’ but by choosing a few classic colours from the same natural-toned palette you can bring the best of this look into a more muted modern-day vibe. Brown, red, orange and yellow were best friends back then and combined they make the perfect classy take on contemporary retro for today’s all-new homemakers.

Fringe festival

Imagine a fringed leather jacket but for your home. Fringes and tassels are a real thing right now, and perfect for adding to your 1970s style. Think outside the box and opt for fringed furniture, rather than simply accessories. If you do decide to accessorise, lampshades offer a fun take on the trend.

Chunky and thin weave blanket layering in boho bedrooms
Left: bedroom from Out There Interiors. Right: bedroom from Barker & Stonehouse

Sharp pattern

I’d recommend keeping patterns to a minimum but if you’re going to do it, go bold! One strong and imposing blast of chaos will tide over the rest of the room and create enough of an impact to really be a talking point. A feature wall or even simply a bold bedspread could be all you need for a 1970s angle.

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Textured mix

Mix up your textures with leather, velvet, wool and plastic (it really can be fantastic!). Rattan furniture and thick chunky knits will all create tactile interest, especially set against a neutral background. We still harp back to this retro style for a reason, so whatever you do don’t take it too seriously – make sure it’s fun.

Light and airy neutral toned boho bedroom layering
Left: bedroom from Herdysleep. Right: bedroom from Tine K Home