Shabby chic styling can be dressed in many shades. From light pastels to glittery gold, this style is all about finding a balance between off beat funk and chic mirrored glamour. Choosing the right colours is up to you, when it comes to shabby chic the rules are there to be broken. So how do you decide on a colour scheme for your living room, or bedroom? Touching on colours can be a great way to give you flexibility to change when the incoming season has inspired a new look. Try choosing easy light tones. Loud colours can overwhelm your fabulous furniture. Choose colours that easily compliment and accommodate a variety of other shades. Here is a guide to keeping it simple, frilly and fancy.
Unless you’re feeling 60s nostalgia, purple can clutter shabby chic furnishings which are already loud. On the other hand, purple was the colour of the rich and powerful when Rococo style was making the rounds as it was so expensive to find and produce. Just check out portraits of French Princess de Lamballe in her lush purple gowns.
Lavender gets a separate paragraph because it is such an intrinsic colour used with shabby chic décor. Where purple is can be considered lavender’s louder cousin, lavender is light and summery while fields of the pastel flower famously fill the southern French countryside. Consider lavender for a bedroom wall, or for the bathroom where the soft colour will sooth the senses.
Be careful with yellow, bright flowery tones can lively up a living room for spring, but come fall you might not be liking yellow as much. The same idea applies here, go soft with pastels. A lovely pastel yellow goes well with touches of black, they did it in the 20’s and it still looks classy.
Speaking of black, this colourless option can be stylish and sophisticated. Don’t overdo or you’ll turn your chic palace into a dungeon. Black and silver are a nice contrast that can lend well to a bedroom. Add mirrored furniture to let in light.
Shabby chic is about playful sophistication. With an infinite pallet of light pastel tones, choose a colour scheme that highlights your furnishings while keeping your living spaces light and airy.