Table of contents:
- The inner values count in the shabby look
- Shabby Chic: More than just furniture with history
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- The materials in shabby chic
- The colors in shabby chic
- The patterns in shabby chic
- The decoration in shabby chic
Video: Shabby Chic: Tips for timelessly beautiful furnishing
Cozy, original and unique: This is probably the best way to describe the shabby-chic interior style. It's not about chasing a fashion trend - it's about honoring the timeless beauty of the imperfect: furniture with signs of wear, self-crocheted tablecloths and wallpaper that seem to come from a different time.
No, contrary to the literal translation “shabby” or “shabby chic”, shabby chic is not just bulky waste. But: supposed bulky waste can often become a shabby-chic showpiece. Shabby chic is about giving everyday objects and furniture a special aura, making them part of the past or emphasizing them. Things that do not appear perfect at first glance are perfect because they look a bit battered, because they have already belonged to the grandmother and can be made to shine with a little soap, paint and wax.
The furnishing style emerged in Great Britain in the 1980s as a strong countermovement to the reviving, very splendid Victorian furnishing style - which the broad mass of the British could not afford financially and instead restored old furniture. The American Rachel Rachelwell made the name Shabby Chic big. She defines the style of furnishing as a “timeless story”, ie without an expiry date, which represents her heart values and aesthetic ideas. Ashwell opened the first shop under the name Shabby Chic in Santa Monica, California in 1989 and still calls it their “creative playground”.
The inner values count in the shabby look
The shabby look can be recognized by the fact that, for example, the furniture is not perfectly white or varnished, but has deliberate open, chipped or subsequently rubbed areas. The original material of the object flashes out from under the painted color. In principle, there is every piece of furniture in shabby-chic style: from the chair to the table and kitchen to the shoe cabinet, the chest of drawers and the bathroom base cabinet.
Important: The furniture is stable and in a very good, usable condition. To call a three-legged buffet full of mold and without handles simply out of personal laziness Shabby Chic is not the point and purpose of the matter.
On the other hand, restoring older furniture or even vintage furniture in shabby-chic style - after all, the furnishing style was born from what is now called upcycling and do-it-yourself. If you haven't found anything suitable in your own attic or in Grandma's basement, you might find it at the flea market or on the Internet. There are also many tutorials online that explain to beginners as well as advanced hobby restorers step by step how the old treasures can be professionally refurbished.
In shabby chic, the furniture is mostly made of wood or white lacquered rattan.
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Shabby Chic: More than just furniture with history
But shabby chic is much more than just a way of making furniture or wood appear older than it is - or breathing new life into older furniture. The shabby chic is a feel-good furnishing style: bright colors, airy atmosphere, soft fabrics and extravagant eye-catchers are the ingredients for a successful furnishing. Anything you like is allowed, as long as it respects the basic rules of style and gives the eye enough to look at.
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The materials in shabby chic
The furniture is mostly made of wood in shabby chic, chairs can also be made of white lacquered rattan. Wallpaper made of printed paper or occasionally of fabric with rich applications, pillowcases are made of satin, linen or cotton - either plain or with floral patterns. Occasionally there are metal elements for decoration and glass accessories can also be combined well. There are also branches and fresh flowers, plants, porcelain figures and - especially popular in the kitchen - enamel pots in different sizes. Can also be used as a flower pot.
Typical display cabinet in shabby style.
Photo: living4media / Craven, Dorothea
The colors in shabby chic
In principle, shabby chic uses all colors - the nuance is what counts. An airy, uniform color concept, without too bright or neon colors and certainly no black, provides the basis: pastel tones, a delicate pink, viola, a light green or a beautiful sky blue let the light flow. Walls can also be painted in rich, strong tones. The floor should be kept light. Chairs, tables and chests of drawers are usually white or beige, as newer specimens are painted with blackboard paint and then sanded to obtain the desired patina. Occasionally there can be a colored piece of furniture - however, light colors are preferred.
The patterns in shabby chic
Flowers, bird pictures and generally any form of natural pattern or nature-imitating forms are welcome in shabby chic. They provide a splash of color on the pillows and blankets, on the curtains and tablecloths, which brings variety. They can often be found on cups and plates. Another characteristic of the style are small pompoms that can dangle on all textiles and embroidery that make everything from the fabric napkin to the tea towel to the pillow case unique.
Nostalgic items are essential for shabby chic.
Photo: living4media / Craven, Dorothea
The decoration in shabby chic
Since you probably already have quite a lot of floral or natural patterns on the curtains, pillows, etc., you should be economical when decorating the rooms: Few individual pieces with a wow effect are more popular than a shelf full of junk. For example, in the dining room or in the kitchen you could put colored glasses instead of normal glasses in the showcase, and thereby use the objects of everyday use as a decorative element.
Or they place a glass lantern on a wooden disc on the dining table, drape some fresh moss around their feet, place a small wooden wild animal in front of it and a large, beige candle in the glass. The shabby-chic style is ideal for getting creative yourself. Shabby-chic lovers also benefit from manual skills, such as crocheting tablecloths. There are more than enough suggestions for the decoration. You will be surprised how many shabby chic accessories you already have in your apartment - you just have to skillfully stage them.