Shabby Chic style was first developed in Britain in the 1980’s. The overall look is of a kind of faded elegance. Often thickly layered painted furniture is rubbed down to reveal the layers below mimicking the kind of antique furniture found in French Flea Markets. This form of decorating is called distressing. Generally the decor is pale off white with pastel chintz or stripped fabrics with wooden flooring and simple rugs. The Shabby Chic style is great for the kitchen as you can combine the old with new, new items can be distressed to fit in with the overall style. These days there are many lovely examples of gorgeous shabby chic products that are brand new, but are made to look old and slightly worn.
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