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Turn your home into a bohemian paradise

June 26, 2012

One of my favorite things to do is transform spaces. Bedrooms, apartments, window displays, whatever. I do it everywhere I go, and my current apartment is no exception. While it’s definitely a work in progress, I’ve come a long way in bringing the colors, textures, and aesthetics I love to my pre-war Brooklyn abode.

A free-spirited, globe-trotting friend recently asked me for ideas on decking out her stomping grounds in a way that combines trans-global beauty with function and budget-friendly fixtures, so that’s what this post is about.

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A few notes about “bohemian” decor.

 First off, no rules. The idea of bohemian style is that it’s free-spirited, free of trend of restriction, and makes your spirit sing.

 There are more than a million ways to approach this aesthetic, from regal and opulent to Australian coastal to Mexican folk to old rustic farmhouse. Find the style that calls to you. It might be a room stuffed with treasures, or far more minimal (I’ve included all of these ideas in the images below).

 On that note, no one says you have to stick to one style. Mix and match! You can have a bedroom inspired by the markets of Marrakesh and an office covered in Rajasthani relics.

 Stick with natural elements: wood, glass, stone, ceramics, shells, feathers, etc. The more synthetic materials you have in a space, the less bohemian it will feel.

 When you don’t know where to start, some beautiful sheer natural-fiber drapes, some intensely colorful throw pillows with elaborate embroidery, and some big potted plants are a good place to start. Also, the more natural light you can bring into the space, the better.

That said, here’s some boho-interior eye candy to inspire you!

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Daaaamn, that’s a lot of boho inspiration. It’s probably obvious that I love pink walls now, hm?

Let’s review. From this round-up you can take the following hints for decking out your own home:

 Mix and match fabrics: colors, textures, and prints.

 For a minimalist bohemian look, start with a clean stark white canvas (walls/floors/ceilings) and add rustic furniture with bold shots of color.

 Fabric wall hangings, wooden surfaces, and natural light are where it’s at.

 Sheer, fringed curtains around your bed is an instant boho statement.

 Room dividers with graphic elements make for very sexy and functional focal points in your room. Just buy a wooden partition and paint it yourself!

 Boho can look extremely expensive if you get the formula right. Don’t overstuff the room if you’re going for a more luxurious impact.

 Colors to try: tumeric yellow, magenta, teal, cobalt blue, and forest green.

 Wrap, staple, and drape fabric around/off everything.

You can also check out this post on transforming aesthetics from India into a super-chic apartment. A little less boho, but still beautiful.

Hope you enjoyed! Have your own tips? Share them below!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2013 10:35 AM

    Stealing some pics for inspiration! Good thing my SO is color blind!

  2. August 22, 2013 11:17 AM

    I’ve pinned a few of these for inspiration as well :)
    What would be some great advice for somebody who’s moving into an apartment and painting walls is not an option? How can I transform a white room on a low budget?

    • August 22, 2013 11:19 AM

      Fabric! Draped fabric on the walls or large colorful artwork are great ways to transform a space. Also, if you’ve got to keep walls white, you can create a vibrant space by choosing bold colored furniture and accents like drapes and pillows. Thanks for dropping by!

      • August 23, 2013 9:45 AM

        Great advice. Although fabric is a pricey item to invest in for just wall coverings, but I’ll definitely look into the idea of art and “pop” style pillows and furniture.

  3. February 22, 2014 2:09 AM

    Reblogged this on vicarious-vicarious and commented:
    Hey there!!!!
    While I did promise the next post was going to be a new “Kitchen Dreams” post, I got distracted by this lovely gals post when I was trying to track down some pics of Bohemian Christmas stockings Free People made that are gone, gone, gone!!!!!! DIY in my future???? Well then, in the mean time I am gonna devour this Hey Mishka blog! While her post here is from 2012, I think a bohemian feel in decorating always gets my attention and is a continuous favorite for many. I definitely feel a sliver of it in my approach when it comes to our villa style house….. especially and for sure in the summer out back on the fire-pit-pond-side of the house.
    Hey Mishka! I’m a new fan and following!
    I hope you will enjoy too!!!
    Cheers!
    XOXO!!!!!
    Vicarious-Vicarious

  4. February 22, 2014 2:18 AM

    Hey Mishka!!! I reblogged as you can see, and I am so glad you are on WordPress! Your on my reader now! Thanks for a screen full of décor deliciousness!!!!!
    My readers are going to feel the same!!! Cheers!!!!

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