They came up with a look that looks distressed and opulent at the same time. It reminds you of finding a vintage item at a flea market. That is the shabby part of the design. Shabby chic furniture items in this style are covered in a sandy white giving that worn out but in good condition look. This look can be found naturally or you can create this look by paint and/or stain, then sanding to get the exact amount of distressed look you want.
Colors in this style are mainly soft pinks, pastel, ecra and white. Earthy colors like soft brown and blue can be found on items such as rugs and artwork.
Shabby chic relies heavily on fabric to give the opulent look. Items look like they have been overdone in fabric but in a neat way, The fabrics mostly used are cotton, linen and denim. They are either plain solid color or have a unique print or design.
You can have most of everyday house items in the shabby chic style;
- Furniture – cabinets, coffee tables, settees, Ottomans, lounge chairs
- Lighting – candles, lamps, lamp shades, chandeliers, scones
- Beddings – sheets, duvets, shams, bed skirts, pillowcases
- Bathroom items – towels, sleepwear, bathroom accessories
To pull off the shabby chic décor look, there are accessories like wall hangings, throws, vases, rugs and artworks.
Vintage items are also in this style. For distressed décor style fans, Rachel Ashwell regularly handpicks vintage items and puts them up for sale. Examples are fine china utensils, lamps, furniture, lamps, and rugs.
You can include art for wall decoration. Artists such as Kinley Winaman and Laurence Amelie have had their art featured as blending well as wall decorations for this style.
This style has a variety of baby nursery bedding, furniture and lighting. If you love the shabby chic style a lot, you could buy books that enlighten you more on the shabby chic subject. These are personally autographed by Rachel Ashwell.
You could start by buying the items from stores offering items in this style. As you go along you will develop the feel for it and gradually pick items on your own. Starting with simple items such as candle holders, mirrors or small items to start the shabby chic look. You then can work up to the larger pieces such as tables, stools and wall hangings. Making this a taste all your own.