Making Shabby Chic interiors work for you is the aim of this concept section.
So what is Shabby Chic interior design anyway? It was a phrased branded by the then film stylist, Rachel Ashwell who went on to own her self built 'Shabby Chic' business.
The style is well known to be commonly mixed with an interesting ensemble of interiors, and is indeed very well used English look that is warm and charming.
The partial view of a living room in the image below, shows how bold color can be used within neutral surroundings.
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Shabby Chic style is about creating a bohemian, laid-back environment for your family to enjoy. Forget about twee and fussy, this look is relaxed and comforting.
Decor: the bigger the sofa the better! Exaggerated sofas with washable slipcovers are the host of this concept. Essentially you could accessorize the look with secondhand, flea-market furniture and objects which make this style very relevant in today's economy.
The images below show an example of a perfect 'shabby chic' style sofa and an incredible, distressed finished bookcase.
Look for furniture that has layers of paint on it with purposely worn spots which create an antique effect or vintage style pieces painted in soft pastels or white, mint greens or sort aqua blues which work to pull the character of this concept together.
Almost any type of wooden furniture could be transformed to fit into shabby chic interiors, if it is painted white. To do this you could apply paint with brushes or use a spray paint, then sand down some areas, particularly the corners to rough it up a little.
Color: Soft white, pale pink, mint green, light grey all make up a fantastic shabby chic style color palette.
The bedroom shown in the below, left image is a great example of how to get the mix and match look going in your home and the set of drawers which you can see in the right image below are distressed finished and they almost blend with the backdrop wallpaper and accessories.
Accessories: What you are trying to do is get the balance right between elegant things with the old and worn.
Shiny silver accessories look fantastic placed on top of painted wooden tables and go for soft throw rugs that are finished in dreamy soft floral patterns and rough old lace.
Wrought iron curtain rods with sheer curtains look really great and help add to your room.
A great addition to your space is to add freshly cut flowers into a beautiful vase and let soft scented candles and aromas fill your hallway. It creates an inviting and memorable atmosphere to your home.
You'll be amazed how interesting your home becomes as you work through this concept.
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