The Art of Shabby Chic

The Art of Shabby Chic

We live in an era where the smallest of space – no matter if it is urban or interior – needs to be allocated a style; a category that carries it out of the obscurity of a single minded drab dreariness. Over the course of centuries, there have been an infinite number of architectural formations, each in a unique style. These styles did not only depict the outer envelope of a building, but also redefined the style of interior designing. Today, we have so many aesthetics that it is hard to put all of them down on a single sheet of paper. From classical, renaissance and baroque to modern, rustic and contemporary there are too many generic branches of this metaphorical tree. Shabby Chic comes somewhere between the classic organic naturalness of rustic and the simple, elementary charm of country style. It is a style that speaks in tones and textures rather than elements. Let us take a look at a few shabby chic interiors that have done it right.

Color Scheme

The color scheme for a shabby chic style is almost always in the mid-tones of earthy – they don’t have an overbearingly daunting capacity, neither are they too breezy. Shabby chic finds the perfect harmony between too dark versus too light. It incorporates textures and lighting to superimpose its individual aesthetic and makes the interior design more charming, more comely and definitely more pleasant. A shabby chic interior style is inherently chic and only peripheral in sophistication.

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The material palate is an important component of the shabby chic style. It has to work in tandem with the color scheme to make this style work. Distressed wood is one of the defining characteristics of the shabby chic material palate – it gives off that specific low-cost vibe that strategically ramshackle style. Combine it with a perfect balance of trinkets and you might just get the perfect look.

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Texture and Mood

For shabby chic, the mood has to be perfectly defined – if you go too overboard it leans towards the Victorian vintage category, while if you do too little, you end up with a contemporary minimalistic setting. To strike a perfect harmony you need to synthesize the texture with the ambiance. You can do that by amalgamating fixtures and decorations with contrasting material palates. Vintage vibes and industrial material palates fit amazingly well in the shabby chic moodboard.

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Lighting plays an important part when it comes to designing a shabby chic interior style. The material and texture palate is best highlighted and showcased in a dim gold lighting with retro style lighting fixtures. The contrast of unadorned fixtures with rich lighting tend to elevate the entire ambiance.

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More often than not, the shabby chic style is simple. Its essence lies is a minimal use of furniture palate. If you clutter too much, it becomes kitsch or vintage. Instead, try to focus on upgrading the impact of contrasting materials rather than the filling up of space.

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