Shabby Chic Style

Shabby Chic Style

Warning! Attention all extravagant, designer-addicted, high-end divas—you may not want to read or hear this next segment.

Rachel Ashwell identified the Shabby Chic decorating style in the late 1980’s. It balances elegant things with old and worn, shiny accessories with painted wooden tables and soft throw rugs with rough old lace.

Shabby Chic is an inexpensive, comfortable, casual look; using garage sale or vintage accessories, pastel colors, and comfortable furniture. It has been described as a faded-glory style using all white items placed in all-white rooms.

Almost any piece of wooden furniture will fit into a Shabby Chic interior if it's painted white and antiqued. Spray with white paint, sand off the corners and rough it up a little and you have Shabby Chic furniture.

Collect fabrics from around the house or buy vintage-looking fabrics even if they're new. To give the illusion of age, fabrics can be made to look old, worn, and faded by staining them with a brew of tea.

Throw in some color by combining stripes, checks, and floral fabric accessories to achieve a warm and inviting look.

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