What is shebbi-chic or why is “battered luxury” so popular in the interior?
Design does not stand still – every year interior styles are improved, new images are created, new technologies are used and old directions are mixed. For the past few years, a certain Shabby-chic has been popular, which in English translates as “battered luxury”.
Shabby chic appeared not so long ago and was used for a long time to denote hand-made techniques. The founder of the style is Rachel Ashevell – it was she who about 20 years ago was able to create her own unique interior, which had characteristic negligence and at the same time, looked rich, luxurious and not fancy.
At the same time, shebik chic is somewhat similar to a romantic Provence, but still has differences with it. So, having loved to walk around the flea markets, sales, antique shops and flea markets, Rachel bought beautiful furniture of various styles: classic, baroque, country, rococo and other styles with a hint of the past.
At home, the girl brought the furniture in order, using various techniques. Dressers, wardrobe, cupboards, bookcases, sofas, ottomans, chairs, footstools, tables and chairs were refined and made as new.
But Rachel not only transformed the junk, she selected the appropriate style of shebby-chic rooms and decor items.
As a result – joy in the eyes of the newly-minted designer, the birth of a new style and maximum self-realization, which led to comfort.
Shebbi-chic found his admirers and Ashwell began receiving orders. Each time, more and more orders for it fell. The girl was engaged in updating furniture and creating decor items. Customers found Rachel over the Internet. Every day the girl turned out to make the style better and better, she opened the Shebbi-chic shop, wrote a book and became famous. A kind of Cinderella story, but in a designer way.
Yes, it may seem to some that they ended up in some kind of XVI, XVII or XVIII centuries, or in the apartment of Marie Antoinette, but you quickly get used to it and feel like a real princess.
Femininity, tenderness, vintage – these are, perhaps, three words that perfectly convey the character of battered luxury. This style is characterized by an abundance of decor, jewelry, accessories and textiles – a few things are not enough for him, he needs maximum, but at the same time, it is necessary to observe harmony, maintain notes of carelessness and luxury.
Any “negligence” in Shabby-chic should be filed so that it does not look like the inaccuracy of the owners, but looked like a highlight. This style is especially suitable for romantic persons with excellent taste, but who do not want to spend a fortune on renovating and furnishing the apartment.
Curved lines, curlicues, ornaments, fancy shapes, vignettes and other trinkets are characteristic of the chebbi-chic style. No straight, clear and correct lines. This style will not tolerate bulkiness – despite the abundance of decor, the room should be light, spacious and cozy.
Furniture in this style plays a key role. It can be both old and new, but always pastel shades with prominent scuffs and places artificially aged. Unpainted furniture also has a place to be, exactly as soft, but the advantage is to choose furniture made of wood.
Shebbi-chic does not prohibit the use of furniture of different styles, but the best option would be antiques, which served more than one generation, shouting with ornateness and sophistication. By the way, you can delve into the family warehouses – perhaps you will find some old sideboard or ottoman. Wooden furniture can be decorated with patterns and paintings.
If the furniture is upholstered, the upholstery is predominantly white or rose.
Often, to create an interior in the style of shebby-chic, furniture is used, which can usually be found in a country house or terrace. Wicker chairs, tables, sofas – the standard practice for creating a unique atmosphere of shabby luxury.
Everything is simple – use delicate pastel colors: white, cream, ivory, pale blue, pale pink, creamy, sea foam, linen, light mint, whitened purple, light green, pale lavender.