Decorating Style: Shabby Chic


Designer Rachel Ashwell made the Shabby Chic style popular. Later, other decor pros adopted the style, such as Laura Ashley. The term refers to the kind of decor you would find in a tastefully designed cottage or your grandmother’s home – think worn out decor with understated class. That’s why the style inspires comfort and casualty.

Shabby chic incorporates vintage elements such as light pastel colours and cozy pieces of furniture. Floral styles are important part of this style, and they appear not only in the fresh form, but also in patterns and accessories. Pastel colours used are soft and slightly neutral. Faded yellows and greens, light pinks and pale white are common choices applied to this feminine style. So, if you are into darker, brighter colours, a different style of decor may suit you better. Candles are also used to add warmth and comfort to the already inviting shabby chic decor.

Just like you might have found in your grandparents’ attic, pale white, embroidered fabrics are a great contrast to the floral motif and pastel colours. Off-white fabrics that look as they’ve been stained with tea offer a vintage feel that adds to the familiarity and security that is inspired by this style. Another important contrasting element of the shabby chic look is the use of white painted furniture. This detail adds to the innocence of this home decor style, inspiring pureness and cleanliness.

To achieve the shabby chic style of decor, combine floral patterns and pastel colours and then offset with rustic vintage elements such as books, old alarm clocks, and porcelain plates. To add contrast, use white in furniture and accents. Finally, add some candles to add warmth and serenity.

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