The last few years have seen a huge surge in the popularity of farmhouse style, but what about previously popular decorating trends like shabby chic. Is it still in style? Shabby chic is defined by layers of worn paint on furniture and simple fabrics like cotton and linen. Colors are typically soft and feminine with plenty of ruffles and romantic touches.
White, casual slipcovers are a main staple of shabby chic furnishings. Wood furniture pieces have original, chipped and peeling paint – or are newly painted and distressed to look old and vintage.
Shabby chic style began in the United Kingdom back in the eighties. Designer Rachel Ashwell coined the term “shabby chic” to describe her decorating style and eventually trademarked the term.
Creams and whites often pair with natural wood in a more elegant shabby chic room.
In the kitchen, pastel-painted cabinets pair with vintage lighting to create a shabby chic vibe. To be true to the decorating style, the cabinets should’ve been slightly distressed.
Romantic pieces like a graceful iron chandelier and a wrought iron shelf add femininity to a shabby chic kitchen.
You’ll often see flowers or flower-patterned wallpaper used to create a shabby chic look.
Soft fabrics draped here and there lend shabby appeal. Note the table lamp at left dripping with crystals.
You’ll often find glamorous chandeliers paired with rough-and-tumble furniture pieces.
You’ll often find French influences in romantic shabby rooms. Ruffed linens at the table are a staple of the style.
Floral fabrics blanket a soft and feminine bed. Shabby chic style is sweetly appealing to many.
A sophisticated take on a shabby chic bedroom eliminates ruffled linens but stays true to a white and creamy palette.
A worn white and pastel blue bedside table adds charm and just the slightest hint of color
Flowers are always a popular choice with a shabby or prairie style. Sweet and simple.
Shabby chic style extends to outdoor living spaces, creating an element of magical whimsy.
A small ruffled lamp, vintage mirror and wall decor, stand proudly on a dresser with missing handles. That’s the beauty of Rachel Ashwell’s style. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
You’ll even find a bit of elegance like this French-inspired bedside table.
So what do you think? Is shabby chic still in style or is it being edged out by other decorating trends like less feminine farmhouse decor?