Designing or even simply refurbishing your dining room can either be as easy as a walk in the park or it could be a very complex task. The ease or complexity thereof is dependent on your knowledge of interior décor styles.
While some interior décor styles are peculiar to people of a certain locale or people of a certain financial echelon, the shabby chic interior design transcends region, wealth, personality and more –and going by this logic, we think there is no better interior décor style for your dining room.
Shabby chic interiors combine a blended family of accents, finishes, and furnishings that reek of the impression of age and use. The style favors the character and peculiarity of everyday objects over the cost or pedigree of a supposed accent. Thus, a shabby chic themed dining room would opt for vintage themed furniture over a more expensive ultramodern and flamboyant choice.
It is important at this point to state that the term “shabby” in this context is far from being grubby. With its carefree selection, a shabby chic themed dining room would reek of storied, careworn elegance without even trying.
While for some décor savvy people, it is quite easy to distinguish the shabby chic style from the Victorian décor style which many people often assume to be Shabby Chic; we have put this article together to help just about anyone to spot a Shabby Chic interior design, even from a mile away.
Within this article, you would find the history of the Shabby Chic interior décor as well as colors, furniture, and accents that characterize a Shabby Chic design, along with a handful of pictorial examples.
Let’s start with some history, shall we?
History of Shabby Chic Interior décor
The Shabby chic interior design, also known as Cottage style was inspired by coastal, lake and country cabins decorated with leftover or cast-off accents and furnishings from the main house. Cottage owners simply took their worn-out and old items, painted or slipcovered, and then repurposed them in different ways.
What these carefree and frugal cottage owners at the time did not know was that this practice would lead to one of the world’s first boons of “green decorating” trends and “recycled” furnishings.
Rachel Ashwell, an entrepreneur, had in the 1980s identified this look and renamed it the “Shabby Chic” style, which she has now trademarked.
The shabby chic style is a casual yet comfortable decorating style that was originally made to cater for gatherings that had lots of people with barbeque-slathered plates all over the dining room or even wet swimsuits. While antiques and collectibles are an integral aspect of the shabby chic style, nothing within the dining room or any other room should be too pretty or too precious.
The primary characteristics of the shabby chic décor style are casualness and simplicity. This means if you want a dining room with a shabby chic theme, the first step is to consider items that have a soft yet comfortable appeal.
The shabby chic style is usually confused with the Eclectic or Victorian style but one simple way to spot the difference is the fact that the shabby chic style has a more defined color palette and décor principle than the eclectic or Victorian style.
Convinced you want the shabby chic interior décor for your dining room?
Here are the defining characteristics of a shabby chic interior design.
Colors and patterns
The Shabby chic interior décor features light and airy such as creams and white. A shabby chic inspired dining room must have white or creamy walls with a touch of barely-there lilac, blue, green or pink. The color patterns must be as subtle and feminine as possible.
Pattern Tip: floral, ticking stripes, gingham, toile etc.
Slipcovers are a quintessential aspect of the shabby chic decor. Slipcovers are de rigueur for chairs and sofas, but sometimes etiquettes can be broken as in the case of the casual themed Shabby Chic décor. With this interior décor style, you can slipcover any piece of furniture within your home or dining room precisely – from ottomans to headboards and much more.
Slipcover Tip: Choose a lightweight fabric with a dainty print or pale color and a slightly faded appearance.
The textiles within your shabby chic dining room should be natural, welcoming, and light to the touch. The classic options for this interior design fabric would be linen, cotton, and muslin punctuated with touches of more coarse weaves like eyelet.
Texture and patina
Think about how out of place a high-class stiletto feels when worn with a cotton sundress. That’s exactly how glossy sleek surfaces look in a shabby chic interior.
With the shabby chic interiors, a gently worn finish on metals and woods, a few scuffs, and nicks on porcelain and china and a somewhat fading paint make for a much better aesthetic finish.
Texture Tip: Scraped wood flooring and textural surface treatments provide depth.
The Shabby chic style is sometimes referred to as the collector’s garage. A shabby chic themed dining would feature accents and furniture of similar colors, textures, and a fantastic feel yet these items would come off as parallels.
The simplistic enigma that enshrouds a shabby chic interior often comes from its mismatched pieces
In the end;
Creating a shabby chic dining room is sure to create a comfortable, relaxed ambiance in your home’s interior décor.
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