Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Shabby chic style

Characterized by distressed furniture and charming patterns, the shabby chic style is feminine without being overly fancy. The unassuming style favors the appearance of aged furniture set against soft furnishings and fabric. 

The shabby chic style offers a more relaxed and soft ambiance, compared to its formal period style counterparts.

Get the look in your home by following these inspiring shabby chic ideas. 

Real wear and tear on furniture can usually be seen in chipped paint, showing several layers of different paints. You may acquire real vintage pieces that have this look, but as an alternative, you may also opt to just replicate the look. Use a distressed finish, which is done by glazing or painting furniture and then sanding or rubbing away the topcoat to reveal another paint color or the wood underneath. 

The romantic and feminine aspect of the shabby chic style is also evident in the detail of furniture. Details of roses, cherubs and garlands are popular motifs. These are often seen as appliqués in furniture

The shabby chic style offers a more relaxed and soft ambiance, compared to its formal period style counterparts. One of the keys to creating this look is using the right colors. Aside from the very popular white, particularly with distressed white furniture, pastel colors and neutrals such as beige, light pink and baby blue are also perfect for this style. 

Fabric options tend to be of the light and airy variety. Cotton and linen fabrics are often used. These usually come in pastel colors or with dainty patterns. Having layers of different tones of white is another great way to spruce up a seat. You may also use tea to stain fabric to make it look aged. Fabrics in pastel colors and vintage floral patterns may also be bleached or faded on purpose to achieve the time-worn look. 

Don’t be afraid to mix and match furniture pieces and different materials. The uncontrived look of shabby chic is exemplified by a certain effortless elegance. Mix iron and wood as well as furniture pieces from different eras. The only requirement is an unaffected air of well-worn pieces and romantic colors and patterns. - Aislinn Kee 


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