You may have heard of the rise and rise in popularity of the shabby chic style of furniture, both in domestic and commercial settings. But what is it and how can you introduce it into your home? Essentially, shabby chic furniture comes from a school of interior design in which pieces are either selected because of their old appearance and signs of wear and tear, or where newer items are distressed to create an antique appearance.
At the same time, there is often a soft, feminine feel to this look, setting shabby chic apart from authentic period furniture. The style began in Britain, and has developed since the 1980s. If you want to decorate your home in this style, don’t be afraid to combine furnishings in different colours, styles and finishes, or have pieces which are not from the same era.
For example, in a single bedroom, you could combine wood, metals and iron, and painted, stained and distressed timber. Or in a kitchen you could combine white or pastel with period, fixtures, accessories and hardware. In fact, layers of varying shades of white are one of the trademarks of this style. For example, in one bedroom you could have bedside tables, walls and, bed and bedding all in different hues of white.
You can learn more about shabby chic bedroom furniture and pieces for the rest of your home online and in design magazines. Be inspired to transform your home with this quintessentially British look.