Cheap DIY Bohemian Decorating Ideas for Apartments

Bohemian decor is casual and folksy.

Bohemian decor is casual and folksy.

Give your apartment a funky, fun Bohemian flair to add life and interest to your place. The combination of colorful and muted colors, multiple patterns, ample amounts of fabric and a few sparkly accents can be accomplished even on a tight budget. Bohemian chic is by definition folksy and inexpensive, and a little creativity can result in a comfy, casual and welcoming abode.

Wall Hangings

Bohemian decorating is based on the use of a lot of fabric, as the naturally flowing shape invokes the sense of freedom and fun that is synonymous with the style. Create wall hangings by using fabric for a cheap addition to any space. Hanging fabric directly on walls and then hanging artwork on top can transform a plain wall. Drape fabric along walls or ceilings or even hang some from rafters to bring a quirky style to your apartment. Look for cheap burlap at supply stores to use for hanging on walls or for sewing up burlap pillows.

Sparkling Accents Throughout

Add a Bohemian touch to random items throughout your apartment by using an inexpensive glue gun and some rhinestones; attach the glittering gems to lamp shades and bases, picture frames, mirrors and even furniture to create a one-of-a-kind style. Use a few inexpensive crystals or prisms to hang around the edges of lampshades or suspend from the ceiling for even more of a traditionally Bohemian look throughout your apartment.


Transform your bedroom into a Bohemian-themed space by using a mixed print bedspread. Purchase one or make your own by sewing together random fabric swatches; use your creativity in stitching together a variety of patterns and colors. Add throw pillows in various sizes, shapes and colors around the room to bring the look together and give the bedroom a more authentically Bohemian look.

Accent Items Everywhere

Shop antique stores, thrift shops, garage sales and even flea markets to find cheap accent pieces to spread throughout your apartment. A dark green vase on a windowsill, a taupe candle holder on a coffee table and dishes of mixed colors can all come together to give your apartment an air of boho chic.


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Jennifer Hench has been writing since 1990 on topics ranging from finance to technology. Her articles have appeared in "Network World" magazine, "Electrical Contractor" magazine as well as in other print and online media. Hench holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and another in information systems from Lebanon Valley College and Lock Haven University.

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