We’re not reinventing the wheel here: of course textiles and wall decorations are key to create that nonchalant vibe. After all, the bohemian trend doesn’t only look good, it should make you feel good, too. So please, go crazy with the pillows and the throws, and fill those empty walls with pretty photographs and artworks, turning it into a beautiful compilation of your favourite memories. And yes, in case you are still hesitating: do take that weaving class, as you’ll go home with a unique wall decoration (and a wonderfully zen mind).
It’s never been easier to add an ethnic touch to your interior. However, this was not yet the case in the 1960s or 1970s. Whereas people did start travelling during those years, travelling by plane was still extremely expensive. So, while the masses flocked to the coasts of France and Spain, the happier few flew to further destinations and came home with ethnic fabrics, religious garments and Indo-Asian furniture. A bohemian clothing and interior style was a sign of intellect, wealth and an open mind; which in our opinion hasn’t really changed a lot? Whether you bought them here or brought them home yourself: a Turkish hamam cloth, a Moroccan Boucherouite pillow, a Nigerian mask or other ethnic inspired decorations are all signs of your adventurous nature, right? They’re the ultimate conversation starter and a beautiful memory of an unforgettable trip (to the store or a faraway country – that’s up to you!)
We say ‘yes’ to macramé, velvet, indoor plants and other 70s clichés, but ‘hell no!’ to combining orange, dark green and brown. If there’s one thing we wouldn’t bring back from the free-thinking era, it’s their use of colours. Although bold patterned wallpapers and green carpeting were big back then, we’d advise transparent lined curtains, a timeless parquet and a cream-coloured sofa serve as a blank canvas to make all your bohemian dreams – with colour-clashing poufs, rugs and pillows – come true.