Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Shabby Chic Style

Shabby chic style consists of items such as furniture, that are often painted with many layers giving a worn out look. The style is imitated in Faux Painting using glaze or by painting then rubbing and sanding away the top coat to show the wood or base coats.

Shabby chic styled fabrics tend to be cottons and mostly linens, inspired by old French linens. Floral patterns are popular along with whites and pastel colours in various shades. Fabric is often stained with tea to give it the look of old fabric. So the shabby chic style is synonymous with bleached and faded effects.

The essence of shabby chic style is vintage and antique furniture painted white and /or pastels and distressed at the corners by sanding. Pink, mint green, and soft aqua are also popular colors seen in accessories and fabrics.

Popular interior decor items are pillows and bed sheets made of vintage barkcloth fabric, vintage linens, vintage furniture covers, floral patterned curtains, vintage chandeliers, and anything with roses on it. It is a soft, relaxed feminine romantic way of decorating that looks relaxed and inviting.

These are some pictures of the shabby chic style.

These are Shabby Chic books (click images):

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