Have you ever wondered how to create a fascinating and trendy style to make your home refined, bright and unconventional? Simple, opt for the Shabby Chic style!
The novelty is that we can improvise ourselves creators of the Shabby Chic style, experiment our manual skills with a pinch of imagination and lots of creativity!
Etymology of the term Some historical hints
A style that hides behind an oxymoron, elegant neglect, a combination of words that express clearly different meanings. It recalls an almost melancholic, meticulously retro, vintage atmosphere, everything looks perfectly harmonious. Let’s dwell on the origin of the term to try to better understand its use.
The style spreads in the bucolic English landscapes, in the characteristic country houses and in the Victorian era ornaments. The term was coined in the 1980s by The World of Interiors magazine. Subsequently the London designer Rachel Ashwell founded a company of the same name. The style runs relentlessly and pervades Europe, from Provence to Greece. In the 1990s, Shabby Chic can be called a propagated and established trend.
Let’s find out the distinctive feature of this style of furniture
Not particularly known, it is a painting technique that involves a real aging of furniture, furnishings, completely distorting its origin. The result is surprising. The semblance that manages to give this style will make your home a jewel.
The original furnishings can belong to the most varied eras since, once the technique is applied, what will arise will be unique. The icing on the cake will certainly be your romantic streak, useful to complete the environment. The preferred shades are pastel colors, the related materials are often glass, wrought iron, wood. The fabrics to match in harmony are linen, cotton better if enriched with embroidery, lace and lace.
A do-it-yourself touch
The furniture that best lends itself to being turned upside down and transformed into the Shabby Chic style is certainly the very worked one, rich in inlays and twirls. The color to be applied par excellence is white which gives brightness to spaces. The shades are almost clear. The essential peculiarity is to let the dust appear clearly. The aim will be to give it softness and a pleasant sensation of lightness.
We have the precious possibility of transforming old furniture into something that goes beyond custom. We can therefore recycle by optimizing costs by far. For example, buy forgotten furniture in those curious and fascinating places that are second-hand markets.
The kitchen, for example, with that slightly aged air, seems to have gone back to distant times, the most welcoming space where most of the time was spent. This is created thanks to the proposal to re-propose faded colors that give precisely the feeling of life, giving a white the furniture becomes antiqued and the wood is certainly the material that underlies this style.
The materials are characterized by their natural characteristics, we fill up with wood, stone and terracotta for the surfaces, the tiles must bring to mind the ancient country houses that adorn the bucolic landscapes. The fabrics with curtains, tablecloths and napkins must be strictly linen, hemp and natural cotton, perhaps embellished with floral textures.
The Shabby Chic style undoubtedly enhances the attractiveness of the past, the recycling of objects, the desire to try your hand in the modern realization of something now dated and outdated.