California is casual, laid-back, and mostly carefree. Surprisingly sophisticated and always inviting, rooms designed with the same mentality are some of our favorites and are definitely having a moment in today’s design world. To help you snag a similar boho-luxe aesthetic we’ve broken down key elements to incorporate into your home to live the California lifestyle — even from afar.
|Whether it’s a Suzani, a Turkish kilim, a Mexican serape, or a Navajo weaving, incorporating textiles from a variety of countries and regions injects a collected, bohemian vibe into these spaces. Don’t be afraid to mix all different types of these items: the more, the merrier.
Vintage Kilim Rug, $295, Jayson Home
|The hint of masculinity and age worn leather injects into a room works perfectly in these laid-back spaces. Whether it’s a small side chair, cozy lounge chair, or a full sofa, vintage pieces add warmth and wisdom and work well with the other essential elements of this style.
Leather Day Bed, $3800, 1st Dibs
|Both landscapes, portraits, color, and black-and-white photographs are amazing additions to California eclectic spaces. Depending on the subject, these art pieces can add humor or drama, and no matter the scene, opting to go large is essential. A simple black or white box frame is a contemporary take and balances the vintage and more casual aspects of this aesthetic.
Cefalù Yellow Umbrellas, from $299, Gray Malin
|When the sun goes down in the Golden State it can get chilly, so dressing in layers is essential, and the same can be said for your home. Incorporating furry throws and sheepskin rugs gives off a cozy, warm vibe in the evening, but their bright white color keeps things airy in the daylight.
Sheepskin Throw, $105, Design Within Reach
|California is casual and relaxed, and a collection of patterns in different colors and scales recreates that feeling. Incorporate a variety of designs and prints with throw pillows, the aforementioned ethnic textiles, floor poufs, and graphic art.
Indigo Bedcover, $345, L’aviva Home
|Patinated metals, iron details, and raw, industrial pieces add texture to these rooms and help balance out the more delicate textiles and features. Add industrial touches to your rooms through metal light fixtures, vintage side chairs, or reproduction furniture with exposed nuts and bolts.
Metal Display Cabinet, $900, World Market
|Californians spend a lot of time outside and many emphasize an organic lifestyle which often translates into their interiors. Seagrass baskets, sisal rugs, woven rattan, and raw woods help to bring a sense of that nature-oriented mindset into the décor.
Seagrass Ottoman, $135, Lawson-Fenning
|A hotspot of activity and a favorite vacation destination during the 1960s, California is the mecca for midcentury modern-style furniture. Pieces with sleek lines, wood frames, and tapered legs can be found dotted in these rooms in the form of dining chairs, sideboards, nightstands, and coffee tables. Avoid a time warp by balancing these elements with more hefty furnishings like our recommended worn leather pieces, or hefty, industrial-inspired items.
Reeve Midcentury Coffee Table, $499, West Elm
|Though incorporating natural and organic materials is essential for this look, there’s no substitution for the real thing, which is why the vast majority of these spaces feature a house plant or tree. Select a ceiling-height tree with sprawling branches or a more understated tabletop plant to add life, color, and energy to your California eclectic room. The hassle of upkeep is minimal compared to the aesthetic reward.
Potted Kalanchoe, $30, Crate and Barrel
Are you digging this laid-back look? Shop more of our essential picks for an eclectic home here.
Photographs: 1. Nickey Kehoe photographed by Amy Neunsinger 2. Amber Lewis photographed by Bryce Covey for Style Me Pretty 3. Arent & Pyke (designer and source) 4. Ashley Bruhn (designer and photographer) 5. Cuff Home (designer and source) 6. Haskell Harris photographed by Zach Desart for HGTV Magazine 7. Jessica Helgerson photographed by Lincoln Barbour for Sunset Magazine 8. Nickey Kehoe photographed by Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful 9. Justin Coit 10. Kelley Howley photographed by Jill DeVries for A Beautiful Mess 11. Martyn Lawrence Bullard (designer and source) 12. San Giorgio Mykonos 13. Nest Studio (designer and source) 14. Nickey Kehoe photographed by Amy Neunsinger 15. via Nuevo Estilo 16. via Schoner Wohnen