Home Decor Inspirations: Shabby Chic Decorating

Home Decor Inspirations: Shabby Chic Decorating

June 19, 2012 0 By Koehler Home Decor

Trends in home decor and interior design come and go and change all the time but one unique decorating style that has remained “hot” for several decades now is romantic, timeless and elegant shabby chic decor. Shabby chic is an interior design concept that is all about timeless styling that is older, worn even, antiqued and distressed. The idea is that you can use these items to create an almost Bohemian look that is uniquely your own.

The Origins of Shabby Chic

At the beginning of the 20th century many of the stately homes, the homes of the “landed gentry”, in Britain became rather run down as their owner’s fortunes took a turn for the worse. Although the furnishings in these grand homes was still of the highest quality it had become old, faded and worn. Strangely enough though it still had an understated elegance that was very appealing to the eye and it is those homes of that era that shabby chic traces its roots back to. Although it began appearing as early as the 1940s in some style magazines it was not until the 1980s that shabby chic as a design style really caught the imagination of the public at large. In the era of greed, power and money above everything else the new rich wanted to find a way to prove that they also had class and great taste and the shabby chic style seemed for a lot of people to be the perfect way to do just that, in their homes at least.

Shabby Chic Today

Today, shabby chic is an art of the mainstream design world but that does not mean that every home decorated in this style looks the same. Using a number of different elements, usually distressed items of furniture – even though they are really new – in shades of white and cream with pops of pastel color you can create a shabby chic look that is completely original. Shabby chic decorating is about much more than just furniture though. Lighting, window treatments flooring and artwork can – and really should – all be used to perfect the look. Koehler Home Decor carries an extensive line of shabby chic styled wholesale accents that can help you create this stunning look in your home. Come visit Koehler Home Décor for shabby chic decor  and gather inspiration for your shabby chic decorating project.