Shabby Chic is a form of design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their age and signs of wear and tear or new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time a soft, minimalistic and feminine feel is emphasised. Shabby Chic is a style that evokes a comfortable lived in feeling and is charactierised by slightly worn furnishings and whimsical accents.
Shabby Chic furniture is often heavily painted with the layers showing through worn areas. Furnishings tend to be cottons and linens. Whites and faded pastels are favourite colours. Bleached and faded are terms often applied to the style. Soft decor items that include roses are also popular with the style.
The style started in Great Britain and evokes the type of decoration found in large country houses. The end result of Shabby Chic is to achieve an elegant overall effect. The early forms of Shabby Chic were rather grand but the style has evolved taking inspiration from many forms of decorating.
The term was coined by the World of Interiors magazine in the 1980s and became extremely popular in the US in the 90s.
Shabby Chic items are from members of the Dust Team