The Shabby Chic style. The new trend to furnish your home in a vintage and welcoming way.
What is Shabby Chic?
One of the techniques that has gained ground in recent years with regard to furniture is the Shabby technique, especially in the Shabby Chic variant. But what does this technique consist of and in which context is it most suitable? Let’s try to understand a bit more in this book of ideas. Let’s start with the name, introduced in the late eighties by the English designer Rachel Ashwell. “Shabby” means “unkempt” and it’s a fake unkempt result that you want to obtain when you submit a piece of furniture to the Shabby technique. Usually, this technique is used on furniture and wooden objects, to give the air a bit ‘lived in’ to a piece of furniture that otherwise would be anonymous or to recover that old furniture that we like so much and that we find it hard to get rid of.
Whatever your reason for choosing to furnish your house in a Shabby style, it is useful to know what techniques you can use and how to place one or more Shabby objects in an environment. The colours of a house furnished in the Shabby style are mostly light: ivory, cream, light grey, but also pastel colours such as soft pink or light blue. The watchword of the Shabby is simplicity, so objects treated with this technique must take on a fake unkempt appearance but maintain elegance and sophistication.
The main characteristic of the shabby style environments is indeed that of being able to create an atmosphere of the past, but at the same time refined and precisely for this reason it is a style suitable for the villa in the countryside as for the apartment in the city. The secret is to recover old furniture and new decorations in retro style, mixing them with a touch of allure. It is therefore advisable to use natural materials such as wood, linen, wool or cotton. The furniture is in fact made of wood, generally dyed with white pickled (the washed effect that simulates aged surfaces), to suggest the impression of having been recovered from the attic. For the upholstery of sofas, cushions and curtains, the must are cotton and linen, white or in delicate floral patterns.
Achieving the Shabby Chic style.
Some examples of furniture to be inserted in the house to recreate the perfect Shabby Chic style.
WHAT: Seed Table Modà Collection is a collection of versatile tables available in several sizes and shapes: square, rectangular and round.
DESIGN: The design is extremely elegant but discreet, Seed Table Modà Collection can be inserted in a dining room as well as in a kitchen as well as in a living room.
MATERIAL: The structure is made of carved solid beech wood. The chamfered top is available in MDF or in Calacatta Gold marble, a very fine Carrara marble composed of white crystalline limestone and yellow gold veins that mark it up worldwidely as a first rate material. Several finishings are available: special finishings, leaf finishings and lacquered wood in a wide choice of colours.
SIZES: 150 x 150 x h77 cm 220 x 100 x h77 cm Ø128 x h77 cm Ø80 x h75 cm
WHAT: Twist Table Modà Collection is an original side table with an unique and funny design.
CHARACTERISTICS: Available in two sizes, it’s perfect when is placed near a sofa or near a bed. It is also possible to combine more tables together with different heights, in order to create surprising combinations.
MATERIAL: The structure is made of solid magnolia wood (from Central America) and the top is in MDF. Twist Table Modà Collection is available in several finishings: special finishings, leaf finishings, lacquered wood and moka ash wood.
SIZES: Ø31,5 x h51.5 cm Ø31,5 x h26 cm
WHAT: Natura Table by Domus Artis is a handmade dining table made of solid wood and available in various sizes and finishings. It takes part of Emozioni della Natura collection, which means “Nature Emotions”.
DESIGN: Simple lines, high quality of wood and modern design; these are the main features that best represent the Natura table.
MATERIALS: Born exclusively in solid natural oak, from 2015 is proposed also in old oak or lacquered wood. The Natura table by Domus Artis is available in several models: square, rectangular, fixed or extendable.
SIZES: 140 x 140 x h 76 cm 140 x 90 x h 76 cm 160 x 90 x h 76 cm 180 x 90 x h 76 cm
200 x 100 x h 76 cm 250 x 100 x h 76 cm
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