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Interior trends: what is the boho home decor style?

Bohemian living room
Bohemian living room

WordsMegan Lambert


There's a lot of buzz around boho, and judging by your home transformations, you guys, our decorating community, clearly love it. So, we thought we'd delve a little deeper into what the boho decor style is exactly. What are its tell-tale characteristics? And what is the history behind it?

The history behind the boho home decor style 

Boho decor is about freedom of expression through your interior choices. Often associated with the hippie movement of the 60s and 70s, its origins date back to 19th century Paris. The original proponents of ‘la vie bohème’, this rag-tag bunch of artists, writers, performers and nomadics celebrated a life less ordinary.

Individuals were free to be, well, individual and express themselves through creative means. They overturned traditional beauty standards by embracing the haphazard and unconventional. Their values and ideals were later adopted by the hippies embodying that "On The Road" life, transforming it into the boho style we know and love today.

Characteristics of the boho home decor style

Loosely, the rules are there are no rules. Bohemian decor is defined by an absence of structure instead favouring a relaxed, carefree, globally-inspired aesthetic. Anything from along the 'hippie trail' and beyond, it's about showcasing your favourite finds from your travels, your artwork, and one-of-a-kind flea market finds.

It incorporates an eclectic mix of colours, patterns, and textures used in whatever way feels best for you. After all, it's about individuality.

Bohemian-inspired colour palette

When it comes to paint colours, this can mean anything from calming neutrals for a boho-chic look, to full blown Art Deco-inspired pastel paint colours and maximalist hues. Generally, with boho interiors, you'll see earthy neutrals painted on the walls, with accents of greens, yellows, pinks and reds in soft furnishings and all the trimmings. You can even add a textured look with jungle wallpaper and bright patterned cushions.

Bohemian decor pieces

If a neutral colour palette on your walls is what you're after, you're going to want to add layers through careful selection of textures and furnishings. Think thick pile Moroccan rugs, fluffy Mongolian cushions, macramé hangings, weave baskets hung up on the walls and warm wood or rattan furnishings. 

Colourful, oversized, handwoven Persian and Afghani rugs always look beautiful and when it comes to artwork - the bolder, the better.

Boho home decor living room
Bohemian decor is all about texture via Unsplash

On the other hand, if you're going for a brighter style and opt for bolder paint colours on your walls, such as Red 03 or Yellow 02, your colours will do the layering for you. You still want to use a range of different textures, but they won't be doing as much heavy lifting.