Interior Decor Styles We Love: Shabby Chic

bedside table in shabby chic style with a vase of flowers

With so many options for interior design, decorating and furnishing your home can be overwhelming. Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing is ready to help inspire you to find your perfect decor style. 

Whether you’re feeling bohemian, minimalist, or somewhere in between, this series will help you find something you love and learn a little more about your chosen design style.

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What Is Shabby Chic?

Shabby chic is often misunderstood as intentionally decorating with old, worn furniture and thrift store accents. But shabby chic does not have to mean sloppy, tired, and falling apart. 

While incorporating antique furniture and thoughtful vintage finds should be an element of your shabby chic decor, this style is more about natural materials, intentionally distressed surfaces, and rustic finishes. 

Shabby chic decor incorporates pale and pastel colors with accents of natural wood. It can look sophisticated, warm, and welcoming with just a few deliberate style choices.

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Pale Color Palette

Shabby chic decor keeps things light and airy with a pastel color palette. Creamy hues of white, pink, blue, gray, and purple instill a sweet, nostalgic, and comforting feeling in a home with shabby chic decor. Sticking to one color palette — for example, all ivory with a pop of light pink — can help keep your decor cohesive and classic as opposed to kitschy and cluttered.

Vintage Furniture

Purchasing vintage furniture is not only a great sustainable choice, but you’ll end up with something completely unique that melds perfectly into your shabby chic decor. Vintage furniture pieces, rustic knick knacks, and other antique pieces can really give your home the one-of-a-kind personality and nostalgic charm that shabby chic calls for. 

Tip: If you’ve found a great piece of vintage furniture that needs a bit of work, contact Queen Anne Upholstery today. Our restoration, refinishing, and repair services can add new life to any classic piece.

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Distressed Natural Finishes

Use aged painting or other distressing techniques to cover salvaged furniture and include natural elements such as wood, wicker, or bamboo when decorating your home in a shabby chic style. This decor style focuses a lot on a repurposed and distressed look to achieve its romance and charm. But don’t sacrifice quality. Your furniture should still be durable and functioning. 

Tip: Contact Queen Anne Upholstery if you have pieces that need to be refinished or repaired with a shabby chic look in mind.

Feminine Details

Floral patterns, lace details, chenille fabrics, carved headboards, and chandeliers give a soft and feminine touch to a shabby chic home. Altogether, you should incorporate these touches in order to infuse a delicate feel to your shabby chic decor.

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Contact Queen Anne Upholstery Today to Achieve Your Interior Decor Dreams

Is shabby chic decor right for you? Contact Queen Anne Upholstery & Refinishing today and we’ll work with you to create a game plan for turning your home into a soft, comforting, shabby chic haven. 

Our reupholstering, refinishing, and custom design services can help turn your home from “blah” to modern decor inspiration. Talk with one of our custom interior decorators or book an appointment to view what we have ready to purchase in our incredible showrooms.

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