Shabby Chic a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique (Wikipedia)
Shabby Chic styling is to create an air of charm and history; pieces classed under this style tend to originate from the decorating traditions of English country homes. Though its origins can be traced back further, shabby chic really hit the interior styling world in Great Britain in the late 1990’s and is still going strong today with little signs of taking a back seat where interior design is concerned.
The History of Shabby Chic
As mentioned before the term Shabby Chic began in interior design in Great Britain in the late 1990’s, however America saw this style a little earlier in the 1980’s where it became custom to design and decorate your home with affordable items from second hand stores.
Since making its debut in the interior design world shabby chic style is showing little signs of leaving us and if anything continues to grow in popularity especially with the recent austerity measures in the UK; it has never been so trendy to furnish your homes with second hand pieces and dabble in refurbishing items to fit your home.
The term Shabby Chic is spreading too outside of the interior design bracket and into other areas such as weddings, floral design and gardening to name just a few. This association can be made easily due to the old English feel certain fabrics, flowers and the repurposing of old furniture brings to these alternate environments.
Shabby Chic is almost becoming a style of living where old pieces are incorporated with new and refurbished to fit more modern interiors. We are seeing shabby chic in numerous parts of the home and even out into the garden. Weddings also take on the shabby chic term when kept very old English in style with loose bouquets of flowers, watering cans for vases, cotton table cloths, distressed wood chairs and tables and wooden pallets for decoration.
Fabrics also certainly help to set the shabby chic theme with the comeback of quilting and old style throws. Cushions are also a mainstay, patchwork and eclectic colours (it’s not all about just off whites you know!) are quintessential.
Other terms worth researching that may be used to describe a shabby chic look or style are;-
- Nordic chic
- Rustic chic
- Cottage chic
- Beach hut chic
- French Country
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