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Furnish & Style: A Global/Bohemian Open Concept, Part 1 - Living Room

Updated: Jul 21, 2022

This site contains affiliate links, which means Samantha Dunmire Interior Design may be compensated by the vendor (not you, the reader) when you click through links in this article. So what exactly is a global/bohemian inspired design? Think earthy tones with pops of bold colors and textures, with nodes to Eastern architecture. The space featured in this article is an open concept design blending the living, dining and office spaces. The goal was to make each corner feel separate without losing the overall cohesiveness.


Let's start with the living area.

The living space provides ample seating with a mix of options: a sofa, arm chair and floor cushions. For the sofa, think sleek but comfortable and choose a neutral solid fabric that offers a little texture. Here are some great options:

Alternate Sofa Options


The arm chair should be something a little more funky to offset the sofa choice. The one I chose here provides more color with a darker cushion and a warm wood & rattan frame:

Alternate Chair Options

I've selected contrasting table options with a smaller gold side table and a chunkier wooden coffee table. Both provide a perfect spot to set a drink. Here are a few top choices for those items: Coffee Table Options


Side Table Options

Decor items such as rugs and pillows are a great place to have a little fun. The rug I chose for this space has a large scale, bold pattern that really plays on the bohemian vibe. The colors of the pillows and cushions are a mix of bold colors and textures and really add the POP needed in the space - those velvet teal floor cushions are perfect! Check out these items and other awesome recommendations:

Rug Options


Pillow Options


Floor Cushion Options

One of the other key features in the space is the floor to ceiling tiled fireplace. This could have been styled several different ways but I chose to keep it less of a focal point with a more natural stacked stone tile option. The simple wood mantel pops perfectly against it. On the flip side, this could also be the perfect place to show something more bold. Here are some equally perfect options:


Fireplace Tile Options

Other items worth noting are the flooring and paint color choices. The wall color I chose is soft neutral, SW Nuance. For the trim, I chose SW Pure White and went with a more bold interior door color, SW Urbane Bronze. The flooring chosen has a wide plank with a slightly grayish hue to soften the look (similar to Minwax stain color Weathered Oak). It provides a great contrast from the stronger wooden tones chosen in the furniture. Speaking of stronger wooden tones, if you take your view up you'll notice gorgeous wooden beams detailing the entire ceiling. I chose these to be the main focal point of the space with a dark walnut stain, hence the softer paint colors, flooring and fireplace selections:


What's your favorite feature of this living room? More than one favorite is acceptable! Happy styling -




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