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Romantic Shabby Chic

Romantic Shabby Chic

Posted by Olivia Sum on

What is Romantic Shabby Chic


Shabby Chic is a term for a specific interior design that was first used in the early eighties. The term was trademarked by a designer called Rachel Ashwell who was the first person to create this style by using papers and fabrics in pretty pastel shades of predominantly pink and pale blue combined with soft cream and white furniture and furnishings.

Older pieces of furniture are combined with newer pieces which have been distressed by a couple of coats of modern paint and then sanded to reveal the bare wood and achieve an antique appearance. This exaggerated look evokes a soft, opulent feel which makes it different from a genuine period style; pieces which appear old and worn are given a beautiful cottage style feel.

The beautiful colours and materials used to create this design evoke a really romantic shabby chic ambiance to a room. There are a wide range of products that can be utilised to attain this effect; gorgeous floral prints are really nice however there is a huge array you can choose from. If you are looking for inspiration why not visit our website at where you can take your time and choose some beautiful paper to get you started.

How can I achieve a Romantic Shabby Chic style?

The impression of romantic shabby chic is achieved by bringing together pretty fabrics and textiles in a combination of soft shades and patterns. You can maximise the impact by adding lots of small touches to a room, hand-made trinkets and decorations will enhance a previously ordinary space. Creating a romantic shabby chic style is a fun thing to do and has the added attraction of being fairly inexpensive.

An old picture frame which can be picked up from a charity shop can be given the shabby chic look by simply rubbing down, applying a couple of coats of white paint and then rubbing down again for a charming distressed appearance. Now choose a lovely pastel floral or chintzy paper to fill the picture frame.

For a really striking look group together several pictures in different shapes and sizes and hang against a pretty pink and white floral papered wall. Another fabulous way to help create a romantic shabby chic style is Decoupage, the art of decorating with paper.  This craft can be applied to both small and large house-hold items such as vases, lamp shades or trinket boxes or a bookcase or dressing table for example.

It is really easy to do you just need to paste the paper, fix it on to the object that you want to decorate and then simply glaze it. There are an enormous amount of gorgeous papers you can utilise to achieve this stunning romantic style, don’t forget to visit our website at to find the perfect paper for your perfect room.

It will take a little time and effort to complete your romantic shabby chic styled room but you will surely reap the rewards of your labour.

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