The One “Boho” Piece Definitely Worth Adding to Your Home


The beauty of the boho look lies in how easy it is to make it your own. You don’t need to commit to the whole ’70s-California-art-teacher aesthetic to nod to the trend. Instead, an accessory or two is just enough. The trinity of boho decor is comprised of three key pieces: Kilim rugs, macrame wall hangings and rattan ottomans.

The last, the ottoman, is arguably the easiest to integrate into a room, since it doesn’t require you to think about color or pattern (like with a kilim rug) or to clear wall space. An ottomans can also be used as a side table when topped with a glass top or even a tray. The natural material also makes it look a little bit richer, even at the bargain end of the spectrum.

Franco Albini’s design (seen in the living room in the lead of this post by Amber Interiors) transcends time, looking just as stylish now as it did when it originally debuted in the 1960s. It’s also the top of the rattan ottoman market: Vintage versions usually command $400+ and reproductions priced around there, like this one from Viva Terra.

Bent rattan ottomans are a little more affordable, especially if you opt for vintage. They were often used as plant stands, so if you’re on the hunt on Etsy, consider adding that phrase to your list of search terms. Expect to pay $50 and up for this style. (Feel free to be jealous of Aniko Levai of Place of My Taste who found this one above for $10 and topped it with an Urban Outfitters pintuck pillow.)

Not every rattan ottoman has a ’70s look. The Nest Footstool by Cane-line takes the familiar material in a more modern direction with an interesting swirled woven pattern. At $280, it’s pricier than the bent rattan ottomans, but less than the Albini design.

The rattan ottoman from the Santa Rosa Collection at The Company Store references Albini’s design, but has a rounder profile and a deep tortoiseshell finish. At $299, it’s also a higher-priced option. The takeaway? Round ottomans correspond with higher prices on the whole.

Opting for a lighter finish over the usual golden rattan also dials down the boho look, if you prefer a more subtle take on the trend. The whitewashed finish of East At Main’s Off-White Rattan Stool ($138, via Overstock) keeps the focus on its curvy form.

Finally, you can also consider another shape entirely, like this rattan ottoman/footstool ($188, via Wayfair). This version definitely has a preppy Serena & Lily-esque vibe to it but still pulls enough weight in the “boho” department if that’s the look you’re going for.

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