Think of the term ‘French shabby chic’ and it instantly conjures up images of feminine, Parisienne style that transcends the decades. Effortlessly stylish but with a careless quality, this look is ideal for those who love eclectic pieces brought together to create one cohesive, stunning look.
White furniture is at the heart of this style: the more light and airy the feel, the better. The furniture should be the base for the many accessories used to create this style, and where a burst of colour is emphasised. The Montpellier dressing table is the perfect item for a quintessentially shabby chic bedroom. It encompasses the trend with its understated femininity, subtle French styling and attention to detail. Likewise, the Amelie double bedstead combines a traditional design with modern comfort. Pairing the metal bedstead with stripped wooden floorboards would epitomise the shabby chic look.
For those who adore this style of décor, there is no need to stop at the shabby chic dressing table. The Harlequin Isabelle chair is the perfect example of how this look can make just as much of a statement in the living room, and can also incorporate bold colours. The deep, rich tones of the upholstery used in this chair embody the bohemian style from which shabby chic originated.
Shabby chic can also be extremely luxurious. Sumptuous fabrics and textures are at the heart of the trend. The Langham Place 4 seater sofa, for example, has deep-filled seat cushions, feather-filled scatter cushions, and padded roll top arms to ensure it is every bit as comfortable as it is stylish. Paired with the Vaughan clock, it would offer a nod to the fashion for shabby chic whilst every fibre exudes luxury and comfort.
Shabby chic furniture, as well as the overall look, embodies a relaxed and comfortable style. It suits a range of designs of homes and rooms; as the whole purpose of the trend is to be individual, it can change as much as you do. Experimentation is the key here, and there are no rules except to keep the look light and fresh, as though it has been put together over a number of years to reflect you and your life. Shabby chic is a truly individual fashion statement.