When we say the words shabby chic we instantly think of slightly worn white furniture that has a distressed, aged feel. Shabby chic is a comfortable style that really can work in almost any room in your home. Shabby chic is a style that allows your home to be lived in yet look stylish and elegant at the same time.

Often you will see shabby chic rooms mix a variety of new furniture pieces with antiques this encourages creativity that can liven up your home. In this guide we offer tips on how to create a shabby chic liveable home that is bang on trend and perfect for a casual, relaxed lifestyle.

What is shabby chic?

Shabby chic is a distinctive style that you can instantly identify as soon as you see it. The style has become increasingly popular around the world and in the past few years has been a big design trend in the UK. An obvious symbol of the shabby chic style is a slipcover; a slipcover is a detachable cover for upholstered furniture and is very popular for sofas.

People also use slipcovers on other furniture pieces including side chairs, dining chairs and beds. A cream or pale coloured slipcover can instantly add a shabby chic feel to your home and is also practical as it can easily be removed and washed if it was to get dirty. A dining set can instantly get a shabby chic design if it offers a distressed, rustic look.

Shabby Chic Colour Pallet

The typical colour pallet of a shabby chic décor is all about the neutral and pastel colours. The pastel colours include, pink, green yellow, blue and grey and all offer a pale tone. Patterned designs are sometimes used but again tend to be on a white or ivory background and the colours are all pale, nothing too dramatic.

White fabrics are often dyed with a tea bag to offer an antique traditional look. The idea behind the pale colour pallet is so that items appear to have been in your home for many years and therefore have that used look as opposed to looking brand new.

Shabby Chic Furniture

 Shabby chic furniture tends to be painted and offers a slightly worn look. Upholstered furniture and accessories like mirrors tend to be oversized to make a subtle statement in your home without overpowering your current home décor. Wooden furniture pieces are often combined with sofas and chairs that have slipcovers to create a worn shabby chic feel in your home.

Usually painted white or cream aged wooden furniture is often left to show its worn look and imperfections whereas new pieces are sandpapered down to offer a distressed feel and ultimately and aged effect. The majority of wooden furniture will work in a shabby chic home as long as it offers an aged look and doesn't appear to be in pristine condition. This mirror below is a fine example of a shabby chic mirror with a distressed wooden frame, the mirror offers a worn look that will create an antique feel in your home.

EE1640 Burley Vintage White Square Mirror 55 x 55cm (1)                

Shabby Chic Tips

 Make sure that your home looks lived in this may mean leaving the creases in your fabrics as they will contribute to the shabby chic feel. Wooden furniture should look like it has been passed down through your family and not like it has been recently purchased. • Add finishing touched to your home décor.

An old leather suitcase, photo frame or lamp are fun ways to incorporate the shabby chic feel into your home. They also add to your home design and can add integrity to your room. • Less is more when you are looking to create a shabby chic feel to your home.

Statement pieces like a dining set or a coffee table can offer a relaxed feel to your home. Declutter your living space and stick to one or two colours, too many floral patterns can overpower your living space and detract from the environment you are trying to achieve. • Add some life into your home. A vase of fresh flowers or a scented candle can add another dimension to your living space.

Choose a rustic musky smell to help create the feel in your home. Shabby chic is a design style that you should embrace into your home to create a relaxed well lived environment. We hope the tips in this guide have been helpful and encouraged you to trial a shabby chic deign, you may discover a new elegant and stylish design that you can implement throughout your home. Look out for more of our blog posts offering design tips and advice.

The Exclusive Mirrors Team x