Shabby chic is a classic and romantic interior style, made up of white clean spaces, distressed furniture - often coated in chalk paint, floral patterns and a relaxed vintage appearance. Aged, well-loved furniture with added nicks and scratches only adds more character and charm to the shabby chic style. Shabby chic offers a beautiful warmth and comfort in its worn, lived-in timeless look. It’s a balance between the rustic appeal of cottage or country décor and the nostalgic charm of vintage-inspired elements.
Mix minimal colour with maximum detail - Combine soothing neutrals with pretty fabrics and ornate accessories. With accessories, mix and match with the mismatched! For a sophisticated take on shabby chic, stick to a palette of off-white and cream, adding white-washed and distressed wood for interest. To avoid the look becoming too flat, layer accessories with plenty of details and texture, including crochet, linen and lace fabrics. Don’t forget to introduce grey. A grey laminate flooring won’t break up the space and the grain provides a subtle contrast.
Embrace craftsmanship with artisan picks - For a living space full of character, combine distressed wood with plush upholstery. Be inspired by Bloomsbury prints in chalky hues on cushions and lampshades. For a traditional collector’s look, gather mismatched vases and jugs with a handcrafted feel. On the floor, an antique-effect laminate complements reclaimed wooden furniture.
Evoke a farmhouse feel with soft curves and chalky hues - Recreate the charm of rural France using muted textile prints and rustic wood finishes. Paint walls in a delicate duck egg shade, then add furnishings in rich cream and distressed painted wood. Look for pre-loved items in vintage shops. Enhance the French feel by layering cushions in subtle stripes and elegant toile prints, and finish with a cotton throw. For an earthy finish, opt for chunky sisal carpets. Soften with a textured rug in neutral shades.
Work in vintage accessories and feminine accents - For soft furnishings, mix and match striped and floral fabrics with plains for seat covers and cushions. Hang a vintage bevelled mirror or chandelier and finish with plenty of fresh flowers and potted plants.