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Design Styles: Shabby Chic

June 3, 2022

A couple weeks ago we started a new series; Design Styles, where we go through and define different styles in interior design. We are picking that up today with the design style Shabby Chic.

Shabby chic became a popular style in the 1980s and 1990s, after designer Rachel Ashwell opened a store with the same name. Shabby chic is a romantic alternative to an art deco style. Some key characteristics are distressed chalk painted furniture, floral patterns, muted hues, and ruffles. The style is defined by its vintage, and romantic appearance. It holds up good to heavy use as scratches and nicks add to the charm.

The style has evolved over the years, where colors and patterns are inspired by English style that became popular by British TV shows such as Bridgerton and Downton Abbey. Wall moldings, floral wallpaper and vintage accessories are must haves.

The "Chic" component that makes the style Shabby Chic is by incorporating pieces such as French Bregere chairs and crystal chandeliers. Mixing and matching pieces will give the look a lot of character making it warm and cozy.

What are some design styles you want to know more about, or want to see in the series? Let us know in the comments.

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