It is almost 3 decades since World of Interiors coined the idea of ‘shabby chic’ and there is no doubt this is now just about the most desirable interior styles. Its origin lay in a very natural evolution from the English country house (using a bit of Swedish and French chateau added too), but shabby chic is a distinct style having its own creative lexicography. It’s a style comfortable in most homes, but if have not inherited a country house filled up with beautifully-designed, but old, well used furniture, it is usually quite difficult to attain yourself. They key? In a word – flowers.
The balance between shabby and chic isn’t always an easy task to obtain, but it does place an importance on style and construction; shabby chic pieces are solid and well made, often with exquisite details, the design and style of the piece is definitely chic, just the finish is shabby.
One approach to adapt your interior for this style is by using simple prints in faded colors and judge coffee or side tables (preferably both) using a distressed finish. Shabby chic tables are always wood, but typically painted, usually in white or pastel colors and occasionally embellished using a design. Floral accents are great, again in soft colors like pale pink, or sage green. Full blown roses, hydrangeas and also other cottage garden flowers in distressed containers, or grouped in floor standing florists buckets are the ideal ornamentation.
Why is shabby chic quite popular? Possibly because it’s both grand and friendly; it’s perfect for conservatories, areas and bedrooms in addition to hallways, in addition to being a showcase for timeless design. Floral chintz’s on furniture with botanical prints for the wall, if your sofa is plain, so much the higher, simply include an assortment of feminine pillows.
Accented with pink, your shabby chic interior is really a cottage style, accented with pale blue or duck egg, it belongs at the beach, where distressed console and coffee tables might be you will find collections of sea shells and vases of palest blue hydrangeas.
The centerpiece of a shabby chic family area is the ideal coffee table; whether it be round or square matters not, what matters is the table have a pale, painted finish which has been lightly distressed. Add subtly distressed side tables to complete the design.
A painted garden bench are actually excellent interior seating inside a conservatory, smother it with pillows and if you can not afford craft, stretch some floral or lace fabric more than a frame. This style cries out for vintage accessories, so visit antique and thrift shops and don’t forget that when you discover something looks perfect, merely the colors are far too garish, you could paint it white or cream and it’ll blend straight in. Add plenty of flowers plus an assortment of small ornaments, gathered together on a tray for that perfect, ‘shabby chic’ home.