What you need to know about Shabby Chic

This is what Wikipedia tells us about Shabby Chic:

Shabby chic (/ˈʃæb.iˈʃiːk/) is 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. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasised to differentiate it from genuine period decor.

Here a few examples that we really like:




Let’s be honest, nothing too shabby here at all! There is something romantic, whimsical and pretty about this style that works well especially in bedrooms and bathrooms where you are invited to dream away.

You can see this trend across many stores. Old and new. What’s great about this is that you can get modern twists to pieces that look old. Mirrors will be light and easily hangable compared to their antique counterparts. There is also an inherently more individual feeling to items with this style than the off the shelf stuff. Where you do have to be careful is the premium cost for some of these items. This trend can be pricey, in particular, if you are buying custom made pieces. If you are thinking custom wardrobes, storage units, chest of drawers etc have a conversation with us and see what a modern piece costs compared to custom shabby chic.

Another lovely aspect of this trend is up-cycling. Taken from the word recycling, instead of heading to the dump with your old furniture you take a trip to the nearest DIY-store for sandpaper, paint and custom knobs. You make old new again. This is great for anyone with a creative streak and we’ve had some fun doing up our old garden furniture in the summer with the kids. My advice, if you are planning to up-cycle some of your furniture and make it shabby chic, start with a small project. Unless you know that you have DIY skills, this is the safest way to go. It can get costly to get the right wood paint, sanding materials, new knobs, fabric etc. and in the end, it may not turn out like you wanted it to. It’s a learning process. Work your way up to the larger things.

A final tip about this trend, it can come across a little bit too floraly or even overly girly. That’s not for everyone. Some of my friends wouldn’t choose any shabby chic stuff, while I would be pretty fond of it. However, even I wouldn’t want an entire room decked out in shabby chic. So here’s what I would recommend, pic some smaller items like frames, vases, rugs or candle holders in the style and match them with modern pieces. Or have one statement shabby chic furniture piece in the room as an eye catcher and match it with more muted modern pieces. This can work very well and ensures that you are not overwhelmed by this trend. Geri Fortune  is a Shabby Chic expert, check her amazing work. No doubt Geri could make you something unusual. 


Have a great rest of the week,