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The Step by Step Guide to Shabby Chic
Tips on various techniques and styles that you can use are found on many websites now, but some general rules of thumb that you should adhere to when trying to utilize this technique include:
Use a mix of different materials and furniture styles that compliment each other but are obvious different.
Make creative use of texture and patterns that are not typical but fit with the ‘tone’ of the room or compliment some other element in use in the room.
Try to use neutral tones with darker accents for main items, and keep your accent pieces from distracting too much – the idea is to create an eclectic mix of elements not sharp contrasts!
Use fringes and skirts as well as varying fabrics whenever possible.
Use lots of whites and pale tones for larger pieces and draperies when possible.
Faded chintz material, old paintwork and ordinary but stylish pieces are the heart of what makes for ‘good’ shabby chic.When it comes to paintings and artwork the older and more unassuming the better, provided it is not velvet Elvises!