The bohemian lifestyle is artistic, free-spirited, and often reminds us of the summertime. Loads of people swoon over photographs of bohemian living spaces, but they just aren’t sure where to start. Here at Inspiring Home, we are bringing you 30 ways to get the boho vibe in your apartment or house.
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20. A Casual, Relaxing Atmosphere
The essence of Bohemian culture is that you want people to feel as if they can relax as soon as they come into your home. It is the total opposite of being fancy or up-tight. Try to keep that in mind from the very beginning.
19. Incorporate Culture Into the Decor
Most Bohemian style rooms incorporate style from Native tribes, Mexico, Morocco, or India. The thing that all of these cultures have in common is that they all have bright, colorful, and vibrant textiles. There is no “right” way to incorporate culture into your room. Just start to browse through blankets, pillows, and tapestries from these cultures.
18. Start With White or Cream Walls
Since we already mentioned the fact that you are going to find items with a rainbow of colors in your decor. Keep in mind that these kinds of items would completely clash with a room that had wallpaper or a bold paint. White and cream walls help to make a room feel bigger, and it also gives you a blank canvas to build upon.
17. Incorporate Nature Into Your Home
Part of the bohemian culture is to love and appreciate nature, and bring it inside of our homes. This can be accomplished in a lot of ways. Maybe you have a large window with a beautiful view, and you can start to let the light come in more. You can also buy some potted plants to help give life to a room. Even if the are faux plants, they still help to elevate your living space. Other people like to buy antlers, feathers, crystals, and more natural pieces as decor, as well.
16. Wicker and Rattan Furniture
Back in the 1960’s, the hippies made wicker and rattan popular, probably because of the fact that it is made from bamboo or natural reed. Today, very few stores sell it anymore, or it is marketed as outdoor furniture. There are plenty of options on Etsy, too, but they usually cost a lot of money. Before you spend hundreds of dollars, check out your local thrift stores and yard sales in the spring and summer to see if you can score a great deal.
15. Create an Eclectic Style
Most true bohemian people were “starving artists”. They would never go to Target or Ikea and buy matching sets of anything, because they simply cannot afford it. But they have a really keen sense of style, and will therefore be able to find and keep really pretty things when they go thrift shopping. That way, the objects in their life hold a lot of meaning to them.
14. Real Wood Furniture
For almost everyone in their 20’s, the go-to places for furniture are Ikea and Walmart. However, these pieces are made of particleboard, instead of real wood. This means that shelves will begin to buckle over time. They simply are not meant to last a lifetime. Real wood, on the other hand, is so well-made, you could inherit something from your grandmother, and it should still be good to use. With that being said, you may need to sand, paint, and varnish an old piece, but in most cases, it is truly worth it.
Yes, it may sound like a stereotype, but artsy people love their crystals. Whether you believe in their healing powers or not, you can’t deny that they are really pretty. The one and only downside is that they can be very expensive. One of the cheapest places to buy them is Home Goods, where they are usually marked down to wholesale prices.
12. Macrame Wall Hangings
Hippies made macrame- the art of tying knots into tapestries- very popular in the 1960’s. In the past few years, there has been a huge resurgence in the popularity of macrame, especially for people who are trying out a bohemian style. If you want to learn how to make them on your own, check out the book Macrame For Beginners: 24 Easy Macrame Projects For Home and Garden. Or, look up some YouTube videos.
11. Buy or Create Unique Artwork
When you are trying to find great artwork for a bohemian space, you can go one of two ways. The first may be to find a large statement piece, like a wooden mandala. The second is to find really unique and beautiful pieces of art that hold a significant meaning to you. Just like the advice we’ve given to have eclectic decor, the same goes with the paintings you have on your wall.
10. Hardwood Floors
Laying down new flooring is expensive, so if it’s not within your budget, don’t worry about dropping thousands of dollars just to get the look. However, most bohemian spaces have hardwood floors. Usually, the color is a light shade of brown, because you want to see the natural shape of the wood.
9. Lay Down Oriental Style Rugs
“Oriental” style rugs usually have bright, bold colors, with a lot of design. The great thing about these rugs is that they come in any color you can imagine, and they are available in stores like Target, plus there are tons of affordable options online.
8. Buy a Record Player
Okay. We know that record players are a hipster stereotype. However, they truly are pretty awesome. If you are very lucky, you can find one in a thrift store that still works, or you can find one online.
7. Buddhist Inspiration
While it’s not required, a lot of bohemian homes have Buddhist elements blended in. This usually comes in the form of a Buddha statue, a mandala tapestry, or an area dedicated to doing yoga. Many people think it helps with their “zen” vibes, but it’s totally up to you.
6. Hang Tapestries
Sometimes, people love to hang one large tapestry on their wall, instead of searching for multiple pieces of art. This can bring pops of color to a room, and it also gives a really nice cozy atmosphere.
5. Low Seating
In a lot of bohemian style homes, you will see floor cushions. Again, this is a nod to the fact that the bohemians were “starving artists” who may not have been able to afford furniture. It is also inspired by Asian living.
Baskets are great for storage, but they also bring a lot of textures to a living space, and that makes everything more visually interesting.
Moroccan lanterns are beautiful, and they often go really well in bohemian design. Sometimes, lanterns can cash different colors or shadows on the wall, which makes the atmosphere a bit more interesting when it’s time to turn the lights down and light a few candles.
2. Musical Instruments
A lot of the bohemians play musical instruments. Whether it’s a guitar, violin, sitar, or piano, put your musical talents on display! Just keep in mind that if you are putting out a musical instrument that you don’t play, you run the risk of getting caught when your friends ask you to play.
1. Candles and Incense
Who doesn’t want their living space to smell good? There are a lot of bohemian spaces where there is burned incense, but you can also burn candles.
Shannon Quinn is the editor-in-chief of InspiringHome.org