Shabby chic furniture is a particular style that often involves using older or aged pieces of furniture in order to achieve a 'worn' appearance. The overall desired effect with this style of furniture is to achieve a timeless and elegant look. Much of the distressed furniture used in shabby chic is inspired by the types of pieces typically found in old country houses, where faded grandeur is part of their charm. The look can incorporate soft furnishings as well as furniture and can include materials as faded linen, lace and flowered prints.
If new items of furniture are bought, they are invariably distressed to make the furniture look older. The essence of the shabby chic style is furniture that looks worn but retains its elegance and beauty. The type of furniture used can derive from a number of design periods but French furniture from the last century really typifies the look. As French furniture from this period is so ornately carved, it fits in beautifully with other items of shabby chic furniture to create a really warm and cosy look.
If you're looking to feature this look in your own home, then the bedroom is a good place to start. As the most romantic room in the house, the distressed furniture that forms the soul of the shabby chic style will elevate your bedroom to that of a stylish country boudoir. Items of French furniture, such as an antique French bed, complemented by silk and satin cushions will really capture the inherent beauty of this style.
Of course, shabby chic furniture is ideal for other parts of the home as well. Distressed furniture such as vintage leather sofas and chairs can look stunning in a living room, particularly when combined with newer, more contemporary items. French furniture such as antique distressed dining tables can evoke an atmosphere of grandeur from long ago and this look can be used to enhance any room in your home.
Shabby chic furniture has really grown in popularity over the last couple of decades and it is easy to see why. It is a look that's easy to recreate and the distressed items and ornate French furniture, which are representative of the look, create a beautiful and relaxing ambience without feeling too pristine or untouchable. This combination of easy to care for materials and elegant style makes for a warm, cosy look that's as charming as it is practical.