Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Shabby huh?

After making my first pair of shabby chic inspired earrings, I thought I'd explore why it is that I that I've never really discussed shabby chic interiors. I think I'm shy about this French inspired design style because it's SO unlike something I would choose for my own home. I've searched and searched and come up with some examples I really like: they're mostly neutral and you I tried to stay away from the pink + baby blue color scheme that's so typical of these types of spaces.

Here, the addition of a modern, streamlined lamp adds a sense of dialogue in the space. The juxtaposition gives relief to the overall frilly feel of the space.

via home.uk

Ok, so this space has a mild dose of pink+blue, but look at that wallpaper!

via French Bedroom Company

The term "shabby chic" is quite the misnomer. The style is quite ornate and the whimsical details are everywhere, including the molding.

via The French Bedroom Company

Pale yellow works especially well as an alternative to pink.

via Lucyina Moodie

The generous use of textiles is a must to create a comfortable, shabby chic space. This includes draping fabric over tables and chairs.

via Martin Cederblad

Don't forget the chandeliers! Creating a romantic ambiance with fanciful lighting is a must.

via decor8's flickr

Sticking to a neutral palette, allows you to play with layers of detail without a space getting overwhelming. How beautiful is that bed?

via decorology's flickr

This lime and aqua combination is stunning and modern (yet still shabby chic!)

via Design is Mine

Finally, if you must have pink, make sure to add plenty of patterns including gingham and toile.

via here
What do you think about these spaces? Where do you stand with the shabby chic aesthetic?

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22 comments:

Ginger said...

Shabby Chic is definitely a tough one; go too far in one direction, and it gets a little precious for my taste. What I like about it is how it embraces antique furniture with worn finishes, which is something I love. Thanks for the understated Shabby Chic interiors above;)

GUGAW said...

i really like elements of the shabby chic style (though i hate the name!)...my bedroom is shabby chic inspired...lots of white, balanced with textured throws, woollen pillow covers, silks, muslin, antique shabby furniture (i absolutely adore my walnut veneer wardrobe). instead of pink and pale blue (really not a fan of those colours) i've gone for a dusky mint and a pale grey. i love it! pretty for not too girly to scare away my bloke!

oh, and my lamp (i LOVE this lamp) http://www.habitat.co.uk/fcp/product/browse/Floor-lamp-base/989776 in dark red/purple is a nice modern/traditional focus point to the room...i love it sooo much!

The Cottage Cheese said...

I love the rooms in pics #1 & 4, and those romantic bedrooms are so pretty! Shabby-chic is tough. I can really appreciate elements of it because of my love for beach cottage design. The challenge for me is to mix is with mid-century modern. I love peeling paint surfaces paired with modern. We are so attached to our 50's modern side tables, but I really want to bring some painted pieces into the house. I just don't have any room! Oh, and I'm dying to put a chandelier in our dining room, which is otherwise modern.

jeannie said...

These are such pretty rooms!

Jackie said...

I've never jumped on the Shabby Chic train, although you did manage to find some nice options. I actually really like the first one. Go figure!

In Honor Of Design said...

I looove shabby chic. I have a room in all white. Now if I could only get that fluffy beautiful white bed to match;)

Kellie said...

Love the lime and aqua bed but otherwise I'm not huge on shabby chic. It's okay, but probably not what I would pick in my home.

Magchunk said...

I love the delicate detailing on the beds, but I'm usually NOT much for shabby chic. If it leans toward the french country side of things, I might think it's ok, but middle-America Laura Ashley style shabby chic is a little too much for me. And even if I think the room is pretty I don't think I would try to pull it off in my own home. We're a little more midcentury with a contemporary twist.

Jaime said...

This isn't particularly my style for decor but I loooove that 2nd bed(!)- one from Design is Mine.

MuLtI-CoLoReD SPRINKLES said...

I love shabby chic although I have a hard time incorporating it. I really love the mirror in the first picture...great post!

Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life said...

LOVE that turquoise flowered duvet!!!

~KS said...

I think I would like one room... but that would be it. Too much makes me feel overwhelmed... I don't know why.

Felicia|DaLipstickBandit said...

gorgeous picks!!

drollgirl said...

the whole shabby chic thing seems to have fallen out of favor with many. but it is still a beautiful way to decorate. and that yellow example you found is amazing! i love it.

anotherfishinthesea said...

Its a style I like, but I think I personally would have a hard time putting it together and making it look livable. These pictures you found are lovely though, they all make me want to climb into them!

Diana said...

My mom is all about shabby chic but it's borderline home country, so it tends to look more countryish, but i love the photos you chose. It has a more antique feel with some modern tone to it.

Rachel Follett said...

Shabby chic is close to my heart and I would love to have a chance to design an entire space all in shabby chic for someone else like Pamela Anderson. Swoon! Her house not her. ;)

Taru Tuomi said...

really loving your blog,

Hanako66 said...

These are lovely. I have a shabby chic guest room and a semi shabby chic living room...I like it in doses, but wouldn't want to do a whole house in it!

e.michele said...

I'm in love with Shabby Chic :) My bedroom was inspired by her ideas. It's adorable in a sophisticated way and it's just girly enough without over doing it.

Bromeliad said...

I'm not personally a shabby chic-y person, but in the right setting, it can be appealing (e.g. cottage, older house, etc.) The examples you showed seem classy without being too cutesy.

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Shabby chic was probably the first design aesthetic that I was ever aware of (thanks to afternoon TV). Therefore, it will always have a soft spot in my heart! These are gorgeous rooms.

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