According to the magazine “Grazia”, the “romantic aesthetic of other times makes it a mostly feminine style”.
In fact, the shabby chic style, anything but spartan and minimalist – with its pastel, white and pink tones, the abundance of cushions, lace, almost Victorian decorations and soft lines – seems a challenge even for lovers of vintage.

With it, the shabby has in common the “nostalgia” effect, the reference to the past, the reuse, but the atmosphere is very different.
The shabby style has a fairytale and decidedly retro-19th century style.
The vintage style on the contrary is more functional, incorporating mainly furniture and objects from the 50-60-70 years and often mixing with the industrial.


First of all, delabré wood is an unavoidable element: furniture in pastel or repainted colors, with curved shapes and color a little “eaten” by time are undoubtedly a distinctive feature of shabby chic.
A shabby chic house hardly misses an old pantry, perhaps recovered and restored.

On the walls it possibly has floral motifs, photographs, antiques or familiar objects. Hemp, linen, natural cotton and lace for cushions (many!), armchairs, curtains, bed: everything must convey comfort, softness, intimacy and a feeling of welcome, even redundant.

Old suitcases used as a coffee table in a kind concession to vintage are in vogue and, in the living room, a large crystal chandelier.

The structure of the bed is made of wrought iron, the mirrors are an essential touch as well as the fresh flowers (perhaps hydrangeas in glass or tin containers), necessary to revitalize the environment.

In the bathroom, a freestanding bathtub by the window is recommended.


As with any style, excesses are bad for shabby chic, certainly less chic if you exaggerate with pastel (especially pink), with combinations (the risk of kitsch is just around the corner), with delubré wood (which should not remove the aesthetics of the furniture or affect its practicality).

That’s why even the shabby style is mixed with Nordic or contemporary minimalist, vintage or industrial to tone down the “cotton candy” effect a bit.
We speak in these cases of neo shabby, “the result of the contamination between the authentic shabby, the Nordic design and the industrial style”.
The white and pastel colors are mitigated, the environment less “dreamy and more functional.”

A cleaning of excesses, a more vintage touch, shades that go towards gray, dusty blue, more intense and muted, the choice of solid colors for the walls instead of the classic floral notes, but also some extra material such as bronze and shabby chic style find a new balance, perhaps more suited to the tastes of many.

Emmanuel Raffaele Maraziti



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