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Boho Style on a Budget: 10 Tips for Affordable Bohemian Decor

Neutral Boho Style Bedroom
Neutral Boho Style Bedroom

The Boho style is a design and fashion aesthetic that draws inspiration from the free-spirited, unconventional, and artistic lifestyle associated with the bohemian counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. It is characterized by a relaxed, eclectic, and often vintage-inspired look.

Boho style's mix-and-match approach, coupled with its embrace of natural and handmade elements, makes it one of the most accessible and forgiving interior design styles, allowing for easy personalization and affordability.

Blue vase, cushions and blanket in a wicker basket
Accessories are great in helping you achieve that Bohemian flair

Here are some key elements and characteristics of the Boho style:

  • Colour Palette: The Boho style often features earthy and warm tones, including shades of brown, beige, terracotta, and muted greens. Vibrant pops of colour, such as jewel tones like deep blues, purples, and rich reds, are also common. Not a fan of colourful interiors? No problem! Neutral palettes look great too if you are a fan of white, beige and cream.

Four Boho Decor Colour Palettes
Boho Decor Colour Palettes

  • Layering: Layering is a fundamental aspect of Boho interior, it is actually what sets the style apart. Nothing is too much and you can get creative when mixing textiles and handmade items such as baskets, macrame, knitted and finishes. Whether you are a maximalist and love bold colours or are more prone to the neutral side, you can achieve the perfect combinations with a bohemian vibe.

layering of textiles and textures in a boho style living room
Layering is essential to achieve a perfect Bohemian vibe

  • Natural Materials: Boho decor is all about creativity and self-expression. Drawing inspiration from creative individuals such as artists, performers, writers, and nomads who prioritized creativity and talent over wealth, the Bohemian design style continues to emphasize unique creations and handcrafted items made from natural materials. Incorporate natural materials such as wood, rattan, bamboo, jute, and faux leather as these materials create a sense of warmth and texture in the space.

Boho Style Rattan Chair
Boho Style Rattan Chair

  • Textiles: This is your opportunity to embrace a variety of textiles, including flowing fabrics like cotton, linen, and silk. Textiles with intricate patterns, such as paisley, floral prints, and tribal-inspired designs, are commonly used.

Colourful Indian Textiles
Colourful Indian Textiles

  • Vintage and Handmade: Boho seamlessly integrates with vintage elements, and one-of-a-kind pieces are highly valued. This can include brass/iron fixtures, antique furniture, retro accessories, and handmade or artisanal items. Support local artisans and sustainability efforts by investing in handmade decor.

Upcycled green Chest of Drawers
Upcycled Chest of Drawers

  • Plants and Greenery: Boho without plants are like a bicycle without a wheel - indoor plants and greenery are essential and often incorporated into Boho decor to create a natural and relaxed atmosphere. Go wild and free when incorporating the outdoors indoors.



boho living room full of plants and natural furniture
Plants and Boho go hand in hand

  • Mix and Match: Use different patterns, textures, and styles to create an eclectic and visually interesting look. This is an unruled style so anything is possible.

living room full of plants and different style of furniture
Different styles of furniture living happily together - welcome to the Boho dream! Photo by Lydia Mailloux

  • Cultural Influences: Drawing inspiration from various cultures and regions, it incorporates elements from around the world, such as Moroccan rugs and Indian textiles.

Indian style cushions and Moroccan lantern
Indian textiles and Moroccan accessories are the cherry on top

  • Artistic Expression: Let the artist inside you flourish and come alive - with Boho, you celebrate individuality and self-expression. It is the perfect style to allow people to showcase their personal tastes and interests through their home decor choices.

boho style red living room with diy wall hangings
Let your inner artist blossom and make your home unique as you

Overall, the Boho style is about creating a unique and inviting space or personal style that reflects a sense of adventure, creativity, and a love for the unconventional. It often appeals to those who appreciate a relaxed and non-conformist approach to fashion and design.

Achieving a Boho style on a budget is possible with a little creativity and resourcefulness. Here are ten tips to help you achieve the Boho look without breaking the bank

1. Thrift Shop Treasures

Visit thrift stores, vintage shops, and second-hand markets to find unique and affordable Boho decor items like rugs, furniture, and accessories. Look for items with interesting textures and patterns.

plant vases, rattan wall hangings in a boho style living room
Thrift shops are full of hidden treasures that can be incorporated in your Boho heaven

2. DIY Macramé

Create your own macramé wall hangings, plant hangers, or curtains using affordable macramé cords and tutorials available online. It's a cost-effective way to add Boho charm to your space.

macrame wall hanging in a neutral boho hallway
Are you DIYer? Check online videos for easy macrame tutorials

3. Upcycle Furniture

Give old furniture a Boho makeover by painting it in earthy or pastel tones and distressing it for a shabby chic look. You can also reupholster cushions with Boho-inspired fabrics.

a wooden ladder and console table
Give new life and purpose to old furniture

4. Mix and Match Textiles

Layer different textiles, such as throw blankets, cushions, and rugs, with various patterns and colours. Use your own or look for discounted or clearance items at home goods stores or online retailers.

boho style bedroom with plants and a colourful blanket in a white bedet
Cosy at its finest - don't be afraid to play with textures and colours

5. Natural Elements

Incorporate natural elements like driftwood, seashells, and stones into your decor. You can find these items very cheaply or for free in nature or at a beach.

boho style living room with plants and  tree ceiling light
Bring nature inside with plants and accessories

6. Plants and Greenery

Add an assortment of affordable indoor plants to your space. Thrifty options like spider plants and succulents not only bring a Boho vibe but also purify the air. You can ask friends and family for cuttings so you can propagate your own.

boho style reading space with candles, blanket, books and plants
Don't forget the plants - essential for your Bohemian decor, excellent for your health

7. Vintage Accessories

Hunt for vintage accessories like retro mirrors, wicker baskets, and brass or copper candleholders at thrift stores or estate sales. These items can be inexpensive and add character to your decor.

Wicker plant basket and brass finish plant vase in a beautiful reading space
Wicker plant basket and brass finish plant vase in a beautiful reading space

8. Textile Wall Art

Create your own textile wall art by framing pieces of fabric, scarves, or colourful tapestries in inexpensive frames or hoops. This adds a Boho focal point to your walls.

Macrame wall art in a neutral boho style living room
Macrame wall art

9. Handmade Crafts

Embrace your creativity by making your own Boho-inspired crafts, such as dream catchers, beaded curtains, macrame cushions or tie-dye pillowcases.

Handmade colourful pouffes in a dark blue room
Handmade colourful pouffes

10. Repurpose and Reimagine