Before it was known as a decorating style, bohemian was a lifestyle. The bohemian style, which is often known as bohemian chic, is a growing trend in home decor. Bohemian chic is a decorating trend that combines an earthy '70s flair with funky fabrics and thrift store finds. There is a variety of ways to get the bohemian chic style on a bohemian budget.
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Thrift store shopping
Dubbed Salvation Army chic, much of your bohemian decor can be found in the aisles of your local thrift store. Since bohemian style cannot fall into any one style, take full advantage of your own creativity. Thrift stores are sometimes filled with retro '70s style furniture and accent pieces.
Look for chairs and sofas that are old but still comfortable, vintage coffee tables for the living room. Old headboards and end tables and other vintage furnishings that can be adapted for the bedroom and other rooms in the home. Cluttered is key when creating a bohemian look, so layering various designs and textures will work.
Go bold or go home
There is one difference among the bohemian chic style of today and the shabby chic trend of the '90s: colour. Shabby chic introduced pastels, delicate pinks, blues and whites; bohemian chic is earthy and bold. Watch "The Brady Bunch" and there you will have your colour palette. Use colours you would never have dreamed of using: orange, red, avocado green and even mustard yellow.
Create a vibrant room by mixing and matching these colours. To find the best wall colour, take a look around at the items you have collected. The most dominant colour or colours will be your wall colour.
Bring it all together
So you have your walls painted and your furniture put into their proper place. Once the walls have been painted and the furniture moved into your bedroom, the last step is to add even more layers and accents to tie it all together.
In the bedroom, add colour and textures with inexpensive pillows, a throw rug or bedspreads. In the living room, simply throwing a coloured scarf or throw blanket over your leather couch will work just fine. Keep the overall feel of the room light and free-flowing.
One thing about the bohemian style that makes it so popular is that you do not have to change your personal style. So include pictures of family and friends or your favourite movie poster. True bohemian style should reflect your life in its entirety.
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