Coastal Boho Color Palette

People who understand Boho know it’s a state of mind and that it manifests in a bohemian style, dress sense, and unconventional interior décors. Fortunate bohemians get to live by the sea. Some bohemians relish in their gypsy-styled campervans parked on the beach, decorated in bold colors with loads of cushions and fairy lights. Others have seaside cottages adorned to reflect their free-spirited ways.

The Coastal Boho Color Palette is a contemporary take on the traditional riotous Boho palette. The coastal palette is defined by airy and light colors, set off by plenty of whites and greys. It is more restrained and chic than the original but still calls for quirky, unexpected splashes of color.

A coastal color palette implies shades of whites and various tints of blues and greens. However, there are strict rules, except that conformism and conventionality are to be avoided and that individuality is vital. Adding vibrant color accents and mixing textures and patterns are all means of achieving the Coastal Boho look.  

The Boho Coastal Palette

The Boho Coastal Palette starts with whites and greys, adding color along the way. It is helpful to consult the color wheel before you start decorating. Use these suggestions for mixing colors to optimize your Boho look.

The Canvas Of Your Boho Coastal Palette

Start with your ‘canvas’; whites, greys, or light blues will keep the room together and create the relaxed atmosphere of the beach. Work with the colors of seashells, sand, driftwood, and pebbles and rely heavily on that.

The Boho Coastal Palette’s Primary Color

Add your first color. By the seaside, blue seems to be the natural way to go. Play with different tints of blue; this monochromatic color scheme will create a layered and more engaging look.

Why not be different and select a color other than blue? Green or violet are appropriate options to reflect how the sea changes color.

The Analogous Color Scheme In A Boho Coastal Palette

The use of analogous colors can be very effective. This color scheme consists of colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. When enhancing your use of blue, consider placing a greenish-blue next to it. A violet-blue will also work. You could use up to four analogous colors for a more bohemian feel.

The Boho Coastal Palette With A Complementary Color Scheme

Analogous color schemes tend to be serene. The Boho Coastal Palette calls for something unexpected to contrast the serenity. You may want to consider using a rich complementary color. These colors are positioned exactly opposite each other on the color wheel. Keeping blue or green in mind, the below schemes offer exciting alternatives:

  • Blue and orange, or a more subdued blue-green and red-orange.
  • Yellow and purple, or blue-purple and yellow-orange.
  • Green and red, or red-violet and yellow-green.
  • Consider introducing only one complementary color and make that the room’s focal point.

Split Complementary Colors At Work In A Boho Coastal Palette

If you feel confident using color or prefer more variety than just one complementary color, try using split complementary colors. The split complementary color scheme has the possibility of adding a more bohemian feel to your room.

Split complementary colors are two complementary colors, like red and green, with one of the colors split into its two adjacent colors on the color wheel. A split complementary color scheme is therefore made of three colors. Take care when selecting the tints of these colors to ensure the look is eclectic rather than chaotic. It is probably best to use this when selecting smaller décor items or trimmings.

  • An example of a split complementary scheme is the complementary colors red-orange and blue-green: Add the third color by splitting the red-orange into two and use the colors red and orange with the blue-green instead.
  • In keeping with the coastal theme, split the blue-green into two, and use red-orange with the colors green and blue.
  • If you decide on green rather than blue as your first choice of color, try splitting green into blue-green and yellow-green and use it with its opposite, red.

How To Introduce Color To A Boho Coastal Palette

Adding color very much depends on the color scheme on which you have decided. Here are some ideas:

  • Examples of a strong contrasting color include incorporating it into patterned rugs, bed canopies in softer contrasts, or split complementaries.
  • Take care when balancing strong contrasts to avoid creating a chaotic space. Orange rugs could work well with blues, and a single yellow wall would offset blue greens beautifully.
  • Try a variety of tribal patterns on cushions and rugs, which works exceptionally well in monochromatic or analogous color schemes. Tribal designs from Africa are on trend and are in rich tones of dusky pink, brown, deep red, and ochre.  
  • Layering rugs on top of each other is an ideal way of experimenting with complementary or analogous color schemes.
  • Baubles and tassels offer playful ways of adding texture and color if necessary. Try incorporating elements from the split complementary color scheme here.
  • Juicy yellow lemons or sunflowers will introduce a lovely contrasting color to your Coastal Boho room. amplify

Lifting a Boho Coastal Palette With Textures And Patterns

A coastal color scheme relies on a blend of textures to add additional interest to all those whites, naturals, and greys. Here are some guidelines:

  • Introduce good old 70’s style rattan chairs, macramé wall hangings, or wall baskets. Watch out for adding too much clutter, though.
  • Give a beautiful piece of driftwood a place of honor in the room.
  • Whitewashed walls are guaranteed to add texture.
  • Combine natural fabrics like sisal and burlap with silk and cotton.
  • Moroccan-style accessories are an inspiration for Boho decorators. Think mirrors, oversized floor cushions, and leather poufs; use these to add texture.
  • Greenery is a great way of introducing texture and more color in a natural way.
  • Canopies over beds or in living rooms are signature Boho decorations. The fabric canopies are made of should be used to introduce texture or color.
  • The layering of rugs with different textures but the same natural color scheme can work very well.
  • An entertaining way of offering a glimpse of your personality or personal history is to add a family heirloom. A gilded mirror or spectacular chandelier will not be out of place in your Boho room, especially if more texture is required.
  • Vintage tapestries and maps are engaging and have the potential to become talking points, as well as add texture.
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The airy and light Coastal Boho Color Palette has broad appeal. Its neutral canvas lends it to perfect blending with the fun and colorful decorating styles of the more traditional Boho style. The only rule is to add your sense of style. Finally, allow your creative, carefree side to shine through the clever layering of textures and the playful application of color theory.