How to Shabby-Chic

Amazingly shabby-chic has stuck around since its origins in the early 90’s and continues to be a very common and popular look. Its hardiness is most likely due to its immense versatility, from classic settings to modern and from urban dwellings to rural.

Handy tips to creating Shabby-Chic:


The Shabby chic style typically utilises muted pastels that give a vintage, passage-of-time ‘feel’. Pure white is rarely used. Shades of the monochrome spectrum can help spaces look larger.


Shabby chic embodies comfort with upholstered furniture accommodated with cosy blankets. Furniture such as chairs and tables are typically less bulky and more slender and an antique-white or light colour.

Texture and patterns

Lace, velvet, floral patterns and subdued rugs are a vital element. You don’t want to emphasise a single piece of furniture but keep it all equally interesting.


Keep things simple yet beautiful, less is more. Materials such as metal, ceramic, porcelain, wicker or tapestries are great to use, but only after you have the colours, furnishing and fabrics in the room first. Try not to overdo it, go for a more minimalistic approach so as not to make the room feel small with clutter.

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