How to Strike the Perfect Balance of Bohemian Interior Design

Shannon Quinn - March 31, 2019
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.