This style of decorating started in Great Britain predominantly in grand country houses. Shabby chic decor has evolved since then due to influences from the Swedish and French decorating culture.
Modern shabby chic is comprised of vintage and antique furniture (usually painted white), recycled old furniture and fabrics, particularly cotton and French linen with a feminine influence. Decorative items/accessories used in this style of decorating are vintage chandeliers, chenile bedspreads, patchwork quilts, floral printed tablecloths, old vases painted with roses and flea market finds such as jelly jars, milk jugs, and pie plates.
To achieve the shabby chic look in your home is easy just follow these ideas:
Bring in furniture pieces that are distressed but not damaged, good quality and preferably family heirlooms. Try painting or slipcovering your existing furniture a neutral color so the look is blended. Choose colors that are in the pastel family such as whites and creams. Curtains should have an airy breezy feeling so a gauzy type fabric is best. Flooring is left simple, usually hardwood flooring or white painted floors with a persian rug.
To complete your look add romantic accents such as roses, candlesticks, and antique picture frames.
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