Shabby Chic – not that shabby, but very chic

Shabby Chic – not that shabby, but very chic

Shabby and chic may seem to be opposites, so what exactly is this style of interior design. 


The term was coined by Rachel Ashwell, a fan of flea market bargains, sentimental hand-me-downs and chic individual items. These are the components that make shabby chic. Lustrous accessories refine the light and soft tones. Silver vases or crystal lights bring elegance to the living area.
The scratch on the cabinet is no defect, it is the opposite: with shabby chic, the goal is to give the past a new shine. And if a piece of furniture doesn’t have a past, it can still be “given” charisma with a little bit of handiwork. This charming style of design is characterised by signs of wear and tear such as chipped lacquer, textiles in nostalgic patterns and delicate feminine pastel tones, the use of natural materials such as wood or clay-colours on the walls.


Flamboyant colours are taboo, pastels are a big deal with shabby chic. Off-white, grey, beige, rose, pale blue, violet, yellow and light green are all part of the vintage trend. Buttercups and peonies underline the apparently-random arrangement.


Shabby chic for the floor

They don´t creak and are easy to install and maintain. Yet the rustic oak floors with their retro-structured surface provide a taste of nostalgia just like an old hardwood floor. The sublime knots, the debonair grain and the naturaLin plus natural oil imparts the feel of charming, bygone times in 2.20m lengths. The oak studio is the epitome of the retro-trent. It looks like it has been used for decades, a wood floor whose paint is slowly worn away by time. The light, pleasing colour tones achieve a friendly, rustic atmosphere.


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