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Shabby Chic Style

Shabby chic is an interior design style that is based on worn looking furnishing and interiors. The style is characterized by soft colors with contemporary and vintage decor. We can definitely identify a predominance of feminine accents, due to its elegance and soft touch.

vintage wicker daybed & chair with vintage Shabby Chic


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The term “shabby chic” was coined during the ’80s in Great Britain. This style evoked the type of decoration usually found in country houses where there were a lot of faded old sofas, worn-out curtains, old paintworks and a overall “consumed” look.

Shabby chic style is a blend of rustic charm and baroque glamour made up of distressed finishes and antique ornated furniture. It is often referred to as a bohemian movement that has become one of the hippy trends. Fashionable and young. Shabby chic embraces old and nostalgic pieces – a great fit for the current interest in upcycling and recycling. This type of interior design is also informal, relaxed, comfortable, warm and adaptable to any home. Sometimes term shabby chic is used in combination with some other variants: beach cottage chic, French country and Gustavian.

Designer Shabby chic and Boho Shabby chic

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Designer Shabby chic and Boho Shabby chic
Vintage Shabby chic French style desk/vanity


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Sometimes contemporary designers “intentionally ruin” a new item to achieve that antique aspect. It is important to show the wood base material and the top finishing layer to get that worn-out look. Most of the Shabby chic items are heavily painted with more than one layer.

To achieve the effect of “distressing” on the finishing layer of the furniture, contemporary designers use a technique called faux painting to apply a glaze effect or use sandpapercoat on a fresh paint, until it gets old and shabby looking.

Sometimes pieces that are not genuine antiques are still selected for their similarity.


Distressed Old French Armoires
Shabby Chic Furniture


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A nice chandelier is a must-have item in a shabby chic interior, especially if vintage looking. They add that antique charming feeling to the room and can be installed in any space, whether it is the bathroom or the kitchen or any other room of the house.
Designers also use iron and glass lighting fixtures which seems to be taken directly from the town flea market. Cream and white colored candles can add a cozy mood to a room, especially when grouped randomly together on a table. Distressed wooden tables topped with antique lamps will add that ultimate glam vibe.

Shabby Chic style also expands to the exteriors with similar design principles like using feminine-looking accessories and time-worn furniture. Rose gardens are extremely popular for this type of decor, and also rose patterns are frequently used. Floral vintage patterns with pastel colors, antique pieces such as jelly cupboards and pie safes are also very popular props.


baby blanket
shabby cottage style


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The most appreciated shabby chic colors are pure white, bleached out pastel, light greenish and bluish tints and pink nuances. Fabric is often discolored with tea to obtain that old fabric look. Faded and bleached effects are also part of the final result.

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