Shabby chic interior design style oozes character and charm, merging pretty pastel shades with delicate floral designs, lovely laces and rustic, worn vintage finds. The base is often white, with colour pops of dusty pinks and blues, duck-eggs and faded greens. Delightfully feminine, bright and breezy. Imperfect elegance.
– don’t be afraid to mix-and-match
– invest in one or two distressed or whitewashed furniture items
– stick to whites, pastels and florals
– bring in vintage accessories
HOW TO ACHIEVE THIS INTERIOR DESIGN STYLE
Embrace imperfections and go for distressed or whitewashed wooden furniture. Chipped paintwork, and ornate carved pieces are typical of this style. For a shabby chic living room opt for slouchy sofas and armchairs with rounded arms and rustic, worn side tables For a shabby chic bedroom go for a classic metal bedstead, a traditional dressing table and weathered bedside cabinets. Flea markets are great places to pick-up vintage finds.
Ruffles, frills and lace are a key feature of shabby chic homes. Layer your sofas and bed in pastel or floral cushions and throws. Duvet covers should be white and ruffled, or adorned in a rose or floral print. White sofa slipcovers instantly add a shabby chic feel to a living room. Rugs can be used to add warmth and should be in neutral or pastel shades or have a worn, faded appeal.
Wicker and woven baskets are common storage options. For the walls, opt for ornate carved mirrors and photo frames painted in whites or pastels. Shabby chic kitchen crockery should be a pretty mis-match of florals, plain neutrals, or playful cottage designs including hearts and spots. Keep your crockery on display by hanging it off hooks! Every item should tell a story and have character, but be careful not clutter your spaces.
Dot lots of lamps around the house for a cosy, cottage feel and pair them with ruffled lamp shades in neutral colours. Intricate beaded chandeliers are very shabby chic.
Flooring is generally old wooden floorboards or whitewashed wood. You can add worn looking rugs or plain white or pastel rugs to the floors to create warmth.
These should be plain and generally in white, though wallpapered feature wall can work if you stick to one wall and make it a focal point for the room. Plain walls are a blank canvas for ornate carved photo frames and mirrors.