Tribal boho and how to style it.

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TRIBAL BO­HEMIAN IS A MIX of two styles that together cre­ate a calm­ing, re­lax­ing global vibe. Tribal is about the hand­crafted ar­ti­san goods of an­cient cul­tures around the world – the process and time spent making these items is as im­por­tant as the end re­sult. Bo­hemian is more about be­ing un­con­ven­tional and ex­pres­sive, feel­ing free yet also part of the sur­round­ings.

Fus­ing these two styles amps up the earthy pal­ette of tra­di­tional tribal and adds colour and ex­pres­sion­ism. Mix­ing nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, such as tim­ber, fab­rics and ceram­ics, with metallics cre­ates a lay­ered ef­fect that’s re­lax­ing yet strong. This style is about cre­at­ing a space that tells a story about vis­it­ing unique places and it works well with our carefree Aus­tralian spirit and way of life.


Tribal boho al­lows for an eclec­tic mix of styles and ma­te­ri­als, with a free-form rather than struc­tured ap­proach to place­ment and styling. Fur­ni­ture is about cre­at­ing con­ver­sa­tion. In liv­ing rooms, this may be achieved with one key sofa ac­com­pa­nied by a mix of arm­chairs, floor cush­ions and stools, so the space can be changed to suit dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions. A large leather sofa may be teamed with an or­nate pat­terned arm­chair adorned with metal studs and de­tails, a carved tim­ber cof­fee ta­ble and ham­mered-metal stools as seat­ing or side ta­bles.

Get the look in a bed­room with an over­sized bed­head made from old carved tim­ber doors or drift­wood clad over a sec­ond-hand bed­head.

You can add an in­her­ited cro­cheted bed­spread with its own unique story.

For the en­try way, a large hand­crafted, framed mir­ror can sit above an old writ­ing desk, with hand­wo­ven wicker bas­kets, a large tribal shell neck­lace and travel books.


Rather than the type and amount of light­ing, the main con­sid­er­a­tion is the fit­ting. To com­ple­ment the room, the light fit­tings need a tribal char­ac­ter and a hand­made aes­thetic.

Ar­ti­san-made fit­tings, such as hand­made, ham­mered-metal lights from Morocco or beaded lights from In­dia, will give the warmth and feel of far-off des­ti­na­tions. Tim­ber-beaded chan­de­liers teamed with cut glass are an on-trend fu­sion of styles and also cast a lovely shadow on the walls.

Ta­ble and floor lamps are im­por­tant for liv­ing rooms and bed­rooms, so look for those em­bel­lished with cut-glass or ce­ramic beads, hand­crafted sil­ver and other metallics. They are an ef­fec­tive, strik­ing way to add tex­ture and can sit along­side clean-lined fur­ni­ture.


Adding lay­ers is key, and ac­ces­sories and styling bring it all together. Items that have been col­lected, found and reused, as well as those found in na­ture, can be com­bined to cre­ate an eclec­tic mix of ob­jects, shapes, colours and fin­ishes.

Look for hand­made ar­ti­san pieces, such as carved tim­ber bowls and stat­ues, and fab­rics with nat­u­ral, colour­ful dyes and pat­terns, that pick up on tribal mo­tifs.

Wall hang­ings add hand­crafted tex­ture and work well with strik­ing key pieces, such as hand­made tribal neck­laces. Pieces with bone in­lay, shells and crys­tals fuse nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als with an­cient crafts­man­ship.

Nat­u­ral el­e­ments, such as seed pods, branches, drift­wood and stones, can be placed in bowls or as stand-alone ob­jects. You can also add tribal touches with wo­ven bas­kets and stor­age boxes.



The re­laxed vibe of this trend is very much about spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends, so it’s nat­u­ral to take it out­side our homes.

Cush­ions and tribal throws add tra­di­tional pat­terns and mo­tifs to out­door din­ing and seat­ing ar­eas. Mir­ror-beaded ta­ble run­ners, hand­blown glasses, ham­mered-metal trays, Moroc­can tealight hold­ers and hand­crafted stools and ta­bles cre­ate a re­lax­ing, eclec­tic feel.

Bright house Try colour­ful cush­ions and wall hang­ings in tribal pat­terns, mixed with tim­ber and metal­lic pieces.

Hand made

Hand-carved mir­rors, hand­wo­ven wicker pieces and shell neck­laces cre­ate a dec­o­ra­tive en­trance.

WO­VEN WON­DERS Home Repub­lic “Sa­hara” bas­kets, from $39.95, from Adairs.

UN­DER FOOT Charm wool rug, 152cm x 244cm, $699, from West Elm.

Nat­u­ral weave Add a re­laxed boho feel to your out­door area with wo­ven pieces.

SOUK IT UP Moroc­can leather pouffe, $230, from Ta­ble Tonic.

PRINT THAT Moroc­can Mo­saic canvas print, 30cm x 30cm, $34.99, from Wall Art Prints.

Soft touch Tribal rugs and throws and tex­tured lights cre­ate soft­ness in bed­rooms.

POT LUCK Have You Met Miss Jones “Win­dow­pane” vase, $39.95, from Zanui.

SHADOW PLAY Wo­ven rope pen­dant lamp­shade, $199, from Opus De­sign.

HEADS UP Bouclair Novica an­te­lope statue, $30, from Spot­light.

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