The Shabby Chic style is inspired by the old English country houses, very large houses and in which the decoration was completely dominated by the color white, both in the decorative elements and in the furniture, which used to be antique.
The Shabby Chic combines nostalgic elements, typical of vintage, with other old styles with more modern trends.
It was Rachel Aswell, an American decorator, the creator of the Shabby Chic style.
Shabby means shabby, badly entered, disheveled. However, Chic means elegance, slenderness.
It's about imitating that decoration of the English country houses where they used old furniture, recycled and worn by the use and turn it elegant and sophisticated.
The key elements to achieve this style are:
- The antique and elegant furniture of yesteryear white and with a worn look.
- Candles, in soft tones or white.
- Vases, teapots, etc, old style and also in very soft colors.
- Flowers in different shades of pink.
- Some fabric lamp in white.
- Textiles and home textiles printed with romantic motifs and with soft colors.
If you combine all these elements in your decoration and take into account that the white color should always predominate, you will achieve that your decoration will be able to transport you to elegant past times despite those contemporary "touches" that bring some elements.
So that success is assured, when combining colors, you can combine different shades of white with pink, green, coral, salmon, beige, wheat, oats, ocher, ash ... Just keep in mind that colors should always have a soft tonality to get that romantic "touch" and sharpen that tendency to warmth.