How to Strike the Perfect Balance of Bohemian Interior Design

Shannon Quinn - March 31, 2019
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Straw chandeliers are an iconic bohemian look. Photo Credit: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

26. Light Fixtures

The great thing about light fixtures is that there is no one single “bohemian” style. A lot of different styles can work in your space. There are straw chandeliers that may match the color of your furniture, or you could also pick black metal industrial style lights. It’s really up to you, as long as it matches the rest of the space.

Indoor and outdoor TeePees are great. Photo Credit: Vadym Pastukh/Shutterstock

25. Little Teepees

Having a teepee in your living space is not always necessary. However, if you have kids or a dog, it can be a really cute addition to a play place. Or, in outdoor spaces like the one shown above, it becomes a gorgeous set piece for a photo shoot.

Most bohemian spaces include a vintage record player. Photo Credit: Larina Marina/Shutterstock

24. A Record Player

The Bohemian lifestyle is all about celebrating art, music, and culture. So it only makes sense that many people opt to have a vintage record player in their home. It may be pricey to pick one up from Amazon, but the good news is that once you have the record player, it’s cheap to buy the records. Most Goodwills and Thrift Stores will sell you record albums for just $1. You can also ask your grandparents and older relatives if they have any records lying around, as well.

Tapestries are popular for apartments and dorms. Photo Credit: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

23. Tapestries

A popular decor item in a lot of bohemian homes are hanging tapestries. This is also great for people who are in a college dorm, or they are renting an apartment where they do not want to do a lot of damage to the walls. Tapestries are available at Urban Outfitters, or you can find them on Etsy.

Modern leather seating fits into many different styles. Photo Credit: Jodie Johnson/Shutterstock

22. Leather Seating

If you can find a vintage leather chair for a decent price, snatch it up for your boho space. The color fits in with the scheme of the rest of the style, it’s comfortable, and it’s made from natural materials. Of course, if you are vegan, you will want to opt for faux leather, instead.

Skipping the curtains help let the light in. Photo Credit: jafara/Shutterstock

21. Skip the Curtains

This suggestion does not work for everyone, but if you choose not to put curtains on your windows, it brings in a lot of light to the room. It also helps give your walls that “blank canvas” feeling you are looking for, since there will be so many other fabrics around the room. However, if you are looking for privacy, go for sheer white curtains.

Small fur rugs like this one add a natural element to a room. Photo Credit: Alena Ozerova/Shutterstock

20. Faux Fur Rugs

Small fur pelts really work in a Southwestern or Bohemian style home. You usually layer them together with some other textiles, or drape them over the back of a chair. For vegans, there should be faux fur rugs available.

Make your space smell great and give a warm coziness with candles. Photo Credit: Ina Ts/Shutterstock

19. Candles and Incense 

Part of making a space feel cozy is to light a few candles. Of course, it gives the added benefit of making the room smell great, too. Alternatively, you can have essential oil sticks or incense burning in the room, as well.

Wooden bowls will go great with bohemian decor. Photo Credit: Arkhipenko Olga/Shutterstock

18. Wooden Bowls

For some people, the idea of eating out of wooden bowls is kind of weird. If this is not your thing, try to start out with just one bowl as a display piece. These go great near your front door, because you can place your car keys and sunglasses in the bowl. They also look great on a counter top with lemons, or any other fruit.

Succulents are cute, stylish, and easy to care for. Photo Credit: Julia Karo/Shutterstock

17. Succulents

One of the most popular plants among lovers of boho chic is the succulent. They are a type of cactus that needs only a little bit of water, and lots of sunlight. Succulents are easy to take care of, because they do not need to be watered frequently. They are also very affordable. Check out Home Depot, Lowes, or your local plant nursery to find some.

Feathers or feathery-looking plants are popular in boho style. Photo Credit: jafara/Shutterstock

16. Feathers

Going along with the Native American theme we mentioned earlier in the list, many designers choose to incorporate feathers into their rooms if they are trying to get a boho style. This can either be through a piece of art, or physical feathers hanging from a dream catcher.

Antlers and skulls are usually found in boho homes. Photo Credit: Lithiumphoto/Shutterstock

15. Antlers

Having antlers incorporated somewhere in your home decor can help give it a boho vibe. Vegans out there may disapprove of using antlers in their home decor, but in many cases, they are sources from animals who have died in the woods from natural causes. There are also fake antlers out there, too, so you can represent the deer knowing with full certainty that it was not hunted to make your home decor.

Baskets are usually all over a boho home. Photo Credit: Floral Deco/Shutterstock

14. Baskets

Baskets are amazing for a lot of things. You can put fruit in them, use them for essentials like keys and sunglasses, or you can put them on display, like this arrangement shown above. The great thing about baskets is that they add a lot of texture and character to a space, but they are also serving a purpose, too. Larger baskets can be used to hide the pots of plants, store blankets, and more.

A hammock swing ads a very fun and hobo vibe to the room. Photo Credit: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

13. Hammocks

Hanging a hammock indoors may sound strange, but when you look at pictures of boho style, it pops up again and again. It can give a room a really playful and casual element to it, and it also gives you a comfortable place to lay down to read a good book.

Vintage books are usually sitting on shelves in a bohemian home. Photo Credit: Billion Photos/Shutterstock

12. Vintage Books

Since most bohemian style homes celebrate using found objects and vintage decor, you usually won’t find brand new coffee table books. Take a trip to your local thrift store and see if you can find some beautiful bindings like the ones shown above.

There are beautiful textiles hand made in India. Photo Credit: CRS PHOTO/Shutterstock

11. Emphasize Culture

Last but not least, if you decide to borrow style inspirations from other cultures, celebrate that fact. Show that you love and appreciate a foreign style, whether it be from Mexico, India, Morocco, or an indigenous tribe.

Dried flowers are commonly found in bohemian decor. Credit: Shutterstock

10. Dried Flowers

Suggesting fresh flowers is common in most homes. But if you buy dried flowers, they can last for years. It has become very popular among the boho crowd, because it’s one of the most cost effective ways to have flowers in your home. If you want to make your own dried flowers, search for tutorials on YouTube. Many craft supply stores also sell bouquets of dried flowers that you can buy without taking the time and effort to make it yourself.

People who enjoy bohemian style usually meditate or do yoga. Credit: Shutterstock

9. A Meditation or Yoga Space 

Most people who enjoy bohemian style home decor also incorporate these elements into their everyday lives. These habits are yoga and meditation. For people who take this seriously, the might even have an entire area of their home dedicated to yoga or meditation. In reality, you could do yoga on a mat on the living room floor, or meditate on your bed. But for those who have the extra space, they often create a space where they can get a moment of zen.

Many bohemian people love to spend time outdoors. Credit: Shutterstock

8. Signs You’ve Been Out in Nature

Most bohemians love to be out in nature. So when you go into their homes, you usually see some sort of evidence of that. Maybe there is hiking or rock climbing equipment. Or maybe they have supplies to visit the beach. It’s always a good idea to be authentic, rather than pretending to enjoy an outdoor activity for the sake of style. But this could be a great conversation starter if you bring a friend over, or begin dating someone.

Having plants in your house is always a good idea. Credit: Shutterstock

7. Lots, and Lots of Plants

Most bohemian homes have lots of plants. In fact, a lot of Millennials jokingly call themselves “plant parents”, because they love them like pets. This can freshen the air in the home, and it makes the home smell better. It also brings a lot of color and life to a space. Earlier on the list, we already mentioned succulents. These are easier to take care of, since they don’t need to be watered often. But there are certain plants that become trendy every year.

Many bohemian people are free spirited and love to travel. Credit: Shutterstock

6. Evidence of Your Travels

The boho style is usually very free spirited. Most of these people love to travel whenever they can. Naturally, they have evidence of their travels all over their house or apartment. These aren’t necessarily knick knacks or souvenirs. It could be a piece of art, a pillow case, and so much more.

 

5. Neutral Colors Serve as a Base

Most bohemian homes start with a neutral base. This can be a white or beige wall and furniture, with natural accents throughout the home. Most of the base colors are very bland, but the accessories or where the color comes in. Pillows, bedding, blankets, and our work are usually very colorful to contrast the plain walls. The reason why this works very well is that if you have a colored wall, colorful accessory’s clash. But if the background is nearly white, you can get away with having an entire rainbow of colors going on top of it.

This homeowner added wheels to a pallet to create a coffee table. Credit: Shutterstock

4. Repurposing Furniture

Part of the bohemian lifestyle is living on a shoestring budget. Most of these so-called starving artists are what began the style in the first place. So it’s very common to find makeshift furniture in a BoHo home. You might also find furniture from thrift store that has been repainted or reupholstered to look different than it originally did. This DIY approach makes a place look more personalized and fun.

Even this garden has stylish bohemian vibes. Credit: Shutterstock

3. The Bohemian Style Extends to the Garden

In most Bohemian style homes, there is always an indoor outdoor living space. Many bohemians prioritize living somewhere where they can get outside and connect with nature. This could be a balcony filled with plants, or they have an outdoor seating area.

This home has a bohemian flare, with the evil eye mirrors hanging on the wall. Credit: Shutterstock

2. Subtle Signs of Spirituality and Superstition

While it is not always the case, there are a lot of people who embrace the boat style the subscribe to eastern religions. Or, they might align with the spirituality that can’t be defined by any particular name. Their homes are usually filled with iconography that symbolizes their beliefs. This could be a mandala, Hamsa hand, or the evil lie. In many cases, they might double in Tarot cards or other forms of fortune-telling. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are fully into that lifestyle just because they have the symbols around their home.

Many boho people love to go on picnics. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Picnic Supplies

As I mentioned earlier on the list, a lot of Bohemians like to spend time outside. In 2020, a lot of people started to do outdoor dining and go on picnics with their friends. So if you were to go into a Bohemian style home, you’re sure to see evidence of going on picnics. This might be in the form of a picnic basket or a backpack that’s me to carry supplies. Or, it could be a specialized blanket that’s meant to be laying on the grass.

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