What Is The Bohemian Lifestyle Where Does It Come From?

The definition of the word ‘bohemian’ is very broad and it can mean different things to different people. These days, it is mostly associated with music festivals; where every music aficionados, including celebrities and models, get their boho-chic mode on against a backdrop of music playing all day and night long.

Music festivals such as the famed Coachella does encapsulate what ‘bohemianism’ is about, but only the surface - represented by the boho chic outfit and carefree attitude. Living a bohemian lifestyle runs much deeper than that. A Bohemian is characterized by his or her fierce defiance against a conventional lifestyle and is willing to forgo comfort and familiarity in order to pursue his or her passion. A Bohemian also usually has few permanent ties, choosing to travel the world instead. This liberating bohemian lifestyle is becoming ever more popular with the new generation, thanks to the rise of the digital age, which allows people to work from anywhere they please.

But who do we thank for paving the way for this hip and adventurous lifestyle? The origin of the word ‘bohemian’ can be traced back to a small country in central Europe called ‘Bohemia’. In the present day, it now forms part of the Czech Republic. The Roma gypsies, who were vagabonds originally from northwestern India, were given official recognition for the first time by the Holy Roman Emperor and Czech King via a letter issued in the year 1423. When the Roma settles in Paris, they brought the letter along with their lifestyle. The people of Paris started referring to the newcomers Romas, hailing from the Kingdom of Bohemia, as the ‘bohemians’.

In the 19th century, Paris grew into the center of art and literature, owing in most part to the bohemian culture of self-expression. The huge success of the play ‘La Vie de Boheme’ in the 1850s transformed the term ‘bohemian’ as a lifestyle, not just referring to an ethnic group of Roma people, sealing the new definition of ‘bohemian’ in history forever.

The rise of the hippies in the 60s and 70s secured the ‘boho style’ in mainstream fashion, and it lives on until today. A Bohemian takes self-expression seriously, which can be seen in his or her fashion sense - flowy fabric, layering, ethnic-inspired prints, and accessories.

This eclectic self-expression sometimes seeps into the arrangement and decoration of their home as well. Step into their home and you will be welcomed with colorful braided rugs, vintage furniture, colorful lanterns, throw pillows with tassels...

If you are looking to create a bohemian-inspired space in your home without clashing with your current interior design style, you can start off by introducing a few bohemian decorative elements such as the macramé and dreamcatchers.

From curtain to tablecloth - you can find many macramé decorative items in the market. The go-to style trend now is to mount a macramé tapestry on your wall. Whether you are going for the modern minimalist look or all-out boho chic, this knotted tapestry is the perfect statement piece that will add character to your space. Thanks to its versatility, you can hang it above your couch, or above your bed to double as a decorative headboard. Or you can make it the centerpiece of a feature wall, hanged next to a potted plant.

Another staple element to create the bohemian vibe in your space is the classic dreamcatcher. To not risk your room from looking tacky, dreamcatcher wall art works best against a minimalist backdrop.

To help you get started, you may want to check out our selection of bohemian-inspired wall decorations which features intricate yet elegant designs that are carefully handmade. Just hang one on a wall to give your room an instant bohemian facelift!