Shabby Chic: How-To

Posted on November 10, 2020 at 2:38 pm

Shabby Chic is still going strong since its first appearance in the early 90’s. This look has really stood the test of time and continues to maintain popularity. It’s versatility can fit so many different designs, from modern to classic, urban to rural and basically can be adapted to fit almost any space.


The Shabby chic style typically utilises muted pastels that give a vintage, passage of time feel. Pure white is rarely used. Also, using shades in a monochrome spectrum can help make the space look larger.


Shabby chic embodies comfort with upholstered furniture accommodated with cosy blankets. Furniture such as chairs and tables are typically on the more slender side, as opposed to thick or chunky and in an antique-white or light colour.

Texture and patterns

Lace, velvet, floral patterns and subdued rugs are key. 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 to prevent over-crowding.

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