I’ve been getting so much positive feedback about my Decorist bedroom and living room makeovers! In case anyone is feeling interior-inspired, I enlisted the creative mind behind my Boho Bali house transformation to give insight on how to achieve a similar look on a smaller budget. Keep reading for 5 tips from Decorist Head of Design Ashley Redmond for creating the Boho Bali look on a budget:
Who doesn’t want to know how to get the Boho Bali feel for their own space on a budget? Audrina and I recently completed the second space in her home- the first being the cozy Bali inspired master bedroom retreat and most recently her living room and dining room area. We have been having such a great time working together and her style and the feel that she is wanting to create in her home is so much fun for me to help to translate into reality! For me affordable and accessible design is really important and this is something that was equally important to Audrina. She really wanted to create that feel of a “Bali getaway” but wanted it to be comfortable and functional, especially now that she and Corey have sweet Kirra!
Luckily at the heart of the Boho aesthetic is a free spirited and easy vibe so this allows a lot of freedom in terms of decor choices, fabrics, layers etc. to get the look you are going for without spending a fortune!
So how do you go about creating a Boho/Bali look like Audrina’s on a budget? Here are 5 tips below:
1. Be creative with the furniture that you choose!In Audrina’s living room we selected a distressed, rustic console (similar here) for extra storage. Anything that looks or is handmade can add to the “Boho/Bali” vibe. Consider thrifting to find worn or vintage pieces and distress them even further for a more authentic look. Use stencils to create interesting patterns or paint a bold color to create a focal point.
2. Pillows!Pillows are an inexpensive and easy way to change the look of a room. To create that Boho/Bali vibe don’t shy away from mixing patterns or selecting a variety of pillows in ethnic prints. Etsy is my favorite source for inexpensive beautiful mud cloth and hmong pillows.
3. Layer, Layer, LayerLayering is the easiest way to get that laid back look that we all love. Be sure to adorn sofas and chairs with fabrics and throws. I love using inexpensive scarves, table clothes and unfinished fabrics over chairs for a dash of color and pattern. Layer a pillow to get a rich texture that will carry the style through the space.
Think about layering rugs as well, use an inexpensive jute or sisal with a vintage dhurrie rug on top or consider a low pile woven rug with a cowhide layered like we did under Audrina’s dining table.
4. ArtMake sure you consider your walls for your Boho/ Bali look. For Audrina’s space we opted for an over size tropical print, because she really wanted to bring a beach-y vibe into the design. You can do this on a budget by printing your own favorite beach or surf pictures.
Another way to address the walls is to use woven wall hangings like we did in Audrina’s bedroom. These can be picked up rather inexpensively from Home Goods or Urban Outfitters. Tapestries, gallery walls or a collection of natural rattan mirrors are all inexpensive way to get that easy Bohemian look.
5. Create an Interior Jungle!Plants are another easy and inexpensive way to create that Boho vibe. Select tropical plants with big statement making leaves and put them in woven baskets of different shapes and sizes as we did in both of Audrina’s rooms. This immediately creates an air of bringing the outdoor in, which is paramount to the feel of the Boho style.
So there you have it! The Bohemian look is so accessible and fun and can be truly affordable. Go check out Audrina’s beautiful space and hopefully it inspires you to create a beautiful home of your own! XO