Valances paired with soft curtains fit the shabby chic style

Jun 7 2011

The soft colors of vintage pieces are often found in shabby chic decor.
The soft colors of vintage pieces are often found in shabby chic decor.
Softened is one way to describe the shabby chic style of decorating – in colors, patterns and the overall look of a room outfitted with furnishings reminiscent of an earlier era.

Home decorators can start with colors that include creamy white, muted gray, dusty peach and light green, which are often associated with a botanical or seaside theme. Rather than bright florals, a faded look prevails in subdued prints and stripes.

These hues are generally complemented by throw rugs, sheer curtains and vintage accessories. "This style has become popular because of its accessibility and affordability," according to HGTV.com. "White-painted furniture, painted motifs, muted colors, slipcovers and vintage fabrics are all indicative of the comfortable, eclectic look."

Sofas and wicker sidechairs with large cushion seats fit this style. Old wooden furniture from flea markets and garage sales can get the shabby chic treatment by being painted white, with corners and edges sanded to give an aged appearance.

For window treatments, valances in wood or upholstery can be paired with lacy curtains and with window shades. With house plants as an accessory, bamboo woven wood shades add a natural material to complement the softer textures of shabby chic.
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