Sweet, feminine, luminous, personal, delicate, romantic, vintage … With these qualifiers, who resists the shabby chic style? Discover your keys and be captivated
WORN OUT FINISH
Shabby chic literally means worn and sophisticated, hence the classic pieces with obvious marks of time are an icon of this style. The table, with an aged finish, is Velafusta. The dresser is an old piece painted in white by the owner of the studio Meles Must.
One of the clear differences of this style with vintage is the romantic and feminine halo of the shabby chic decorations. Soft colors, floral motifs, bouquets, furniture with rounded lines … The wallpaper in this bedroom is by Laura Ashley.
If there is a color that dominates in the shabby chic style it is white, especially in the pieces of furniture, as this dining room shows, as cozy as it is romantic.
WE WANT LIBERTY!
And we do not speak only of freedom, but we refer to the little flower prints that became famous under this name and have also become a symbol of the shabby chic style in addition to the English cottage look.
THE MOST SWEET COLORS
Pastel shades are a classic of this decorative style, especially in bedroom textiles: from powdered pink and mint green to softer blues.
So important is that a piece is old as it seems. Hence, contemporary furniture, such as this bench or the rococo frame mirror, but reproducing classic designs, have a place in this decorative style.
FLORES A TUTIPLÉN
Whether natural or printed on textiles, tableware or wallpaper, flowers are a must of this decorative style, in which the feminine and the romantic go hand in hand.
Forge furniture in white, romantic air, combine perfectly with pieces of wood and retro metal details, such as the panel of aged finish.
MIX OF STYLES
Old pieces or classic design, such as the armchair in capitoné, with others of more contemporary straight lines, such as the bookshop. This is one of the characteristics of the shabby chic style.
A VERY SHABBY CHIC SET
It is the one that forms the desk, a singular piece recovered, the collection of glass vases, the floral arrangement and the painting, which frames two sheets of an old architecture book with representations of different types of moldings.
Old or aged candlesticks, carved photo frames, a composition of retro sheets … The little details count, and much, for a perfect shabby chic staging.
The mirrors with Victorian frames, carved or with touches of gold, like this, add a bit of glamor to a style that, in itself, is already characterized by its elegance.
From plates to coffee or tea sets, the mix of a classic and elegant style, but with an old look, is one of the essentials of any shabby chic decoration.
Give a new opportunity to pieces “old” or that have fallen into disuse, as this sideboard that comes from Estudio Restauración, is one of the keys of the shabby chic style, which combines this type of pieces recovered with other more current, as in this case, the fiber chairs.
IN THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE
Suit some metal furniture in white and a tablecloth and floral details (the smaller the flowers, the better) to get an exterior of the most shabby chic. Zinc, like the cube as a pot on the table, is another key to this look.
MODERNIZING THE STYLE
Although the favorite color for wood in the shabby chic style is white (in addition to some blue) you can use others like gray to give it a more modern look.
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SHABBY CHIC YOURSELF
If you are curious about the world of furniture and restoration, or you are already an expert in the field, nothing better than giving yourself the shabby chic finish to a recovered or old piece by painting it with a pickled effect. There are many special paints for this finish.
Neither vintage, nor classic, nor country. But a little of everything passed through the sieve of romanticism. And is that although the shabby chic style was born in the time of the great British country houses, this trend is to give the pieces of classic or old decoration a more sophisticated look (hence the name of chic), sweet and feminine. But what characterizes this decorative style?
FURNITURE AND MATERIALS: THE BEAUTY OF IMPERFECTION
The classic pieces, with rounded and soft lines, can’t be missing in this decorative style. Bergere-type armchairs, French-style stools, Provencal air dining tables … And always with a worn finish or with the imperfections of the passing years. But not all are classic pieces, but one of the attractions of this style is the mix with current furniture, creating personal and charming decorations. In short, lived.
In terms of materials, wood and wrought iron are the two shabby chic battle horses. Especially in white and aged finish, worn or pickled.
COLORS AND STAMPING
White is the star color, especially in pieces of furniture. But pastel colors can’t be lacking in this decorative style, whether in textiles or small accessories. The candy colors, of a sweet, soft and feminine nature, fit in perfectly with this romantic halo decorative style.
And if in the chromatic palette dominate dusty tones, flowers are a must. Whether natural as a cut flower or in elegant bouquets; or stamped on tapestries, wallpapers, cushions, carpets or in old dishes. And this is not accidental since as we have advanced this decoration is born in the British countryside.
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