Style A-B-C: Shabby Chic

Born in England and extremely popular in both the UK and the USA, this casual and romantic style features well-worn vintage pieces, faded colors and the look of a well-loved room. Begin with cottage style, then add a timeworn touch and funky details, and you’ve got shabby chic.

The feeling overall is cozy, comfortable and simply elegant. Furniture is heavily painted and distressed, with worn corners, chips and scratches seeming to tell the story of its history. Vintage and antique pieces are painted in whites, ivories and pale pastels, while overstuffed cushions favor chintz and other rose-covered fabrics. (Shabby Chic Blog)

Colors in shabby chic style are inspired by faded roses, streaming sunlight and candlelight at dusk.

Popular lighting options include crystal chandeliers, painted sconces and lamps with fabric shades.

Accessories are classic flea market finds, such as mirrors, vintage signs, fringed pillows, whitewashed baskets, and mismatched china, candlesticks and serving pieces. (I Heart Shabby Chic)

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