Is 'shabby chic' still a cool look for entire house?

(40 Posts)
Randomposter Wed 04-May-16 10:00:54

I just love it but wonder if I'm 20 years behind the times?

sunnyoutside Wed 04-May-16 10:06:03

I'm not sure it matters as long as you like it?

Luc28 Wed 04-May-16 10:14:24

Of course it is! I visit so many different types of houses (estate agent 🙈) it's really an eye opener!
If you love it then that's all that matters!

BumbleNova Wed 04-May-16 10:17:11

personally I absolutely hate it - but its not my house. If you love it - go for it. its your home.

Malvolia Wed 04-May-16 10:17:47

Define your notion of 'shabby chic'.

I suppose I'm dubious about anyone planning some kind of Total Theme for a house. My philosophy is paint the whole thing white and then put interesting things in, adding as many bookshelves as is humanly possible.

sunnyoutside Wed 04-May-16 10:21:41

I moved into my new home 6 months ago - after being homeless for over a year and before that living with a controlling H.

First thing I did? I shabby chic'd the shit out of my kitchen grin I have dreamt of it for years. I bloody love it. Every morning I walk into kitchen with fairy lights twinkling, sit on one of my different coloured kitchen chairs that have been distressed to within an inch of their life, look at the naff signs I have all over my wall - and I smile, no I beam, everytime I walk into my kitchen. It isn't to everyones taste, and fashions and trends may have moved on without me - but I fucking love it grin

Do what you like OP, and enjoy it smile

Sunnyshores Wed 04-May-16 10:54:48

I think slavishly following a 'theme' is a bit naff, its like living in Disneyland. But if shabby chic, or whatever, is genuinely you and your things like sunnyoutside's bring joy to your life, then do it for your own pleasure!

Fontella Wed 04-May-16 10:57:41

I love it too and I don't give a shit if I'm 20 years behind the times.

I like what I like, and it's my house so bollocks to what anyone else thinks.

I spent a lovely Bank Holiday Monday shabby chic-ing a couple of crappy old wooden candlesticks I got in a charity shop for a pound each and if I do say so meself - they look fab!

sunnyoutside Wed 04-May-16 11:03:21

I find the nicest homes I go into aren't always to my taste, but they are lovely because they have been done by people who love their decor and enjoy it. The worst houses to go into are those where people have followed fashion regardless of whether they like it or not. It is all show. No heart.

Fontella - that sounds like my ideal BH! If you live near me I need someone to do all this shit with grin

Ihatechoosingnames Wed 04-May-16 11:04:27

As long as you love it OP it doesn't matter smile

hesterton Wed 04-May-16 11:06:41

Each bit of stuff in your home should be there because you chose it and you like it ideally - that's what I've been aiming for all my life. Stuff needs to do its job well or be lovely to look at in your eyes. Sod fashion. People can try much too hard, and it always shows.

sunnyoutside Wed 04-May-16 11:08:06

Yes Hesterton "Try hard" houses that's how I think of them.

howtorebuild Wed 04-May-16 11:12:01

If you like the look go for it.

I think the next trend is the Downton Abbey look.

Malvolia Wed 04-May-16 11:24:20

"Try hard" houses that's how I think of them.

Yes, they're the housing equivalent of a fashion victim who goes out and religiously buys the latest high street look, regardless of whether it suits her or whether she even particularly likes it, and you encounter her looking like a Top Shop window mannequin until it all starts looking dated and she junks the lot for the mid-season look and so on and so on.

And I agree with Hesterton. Sod fashion. Have what you love.

One of my absolute favourite houses belongs to a friend of mine - it's a tiny old terrace with a warren of tiny rooms, unpainted ancient plastered interior walls, books and geraniums everywhere and some fairly primitive kitchen and bathroom arrangements, but stuffed full of beautiful old things all there because its owner loves them. For a lot of people it would be a horror, but it's incredibly appealing because it so completely reflects the personality of its owner.

hesterton Wed 04-May-16 11:49:20

Something which is very cheap at the moment is Georgian furniture - mahogany is labelled 'brown wood' and some beautifully constructed chests of drawers, plain folding tables and desks are going for a song considering their age. Antique silver cultery is another thing which seems very undervalued at the moment. I wonder of those things will come back?

magicstar1 Wed 04-May-16 12:05:00

I don't worry about what's in fashion...my living room is more like an old western saloon at the moment, but I don't care what anyone else thinks. Go with what you like

MiaowTheCat Wed 04-May-16 12:09:38

People still seem to like it - judging by the little businesses going on around here chalk painting up any old furniture and selling it on. My own house is more of the shabby without the chic part but I don't go for "themes" as such anyway.

I think the words everywhere seems to be dying a death - we're onto wicker hearts in every window around here at the moment and the huge slogan wall art.

Nepotism Wed 04-May-16 12:13:47

I think it's evolved from the cream paint and wicker hearts to white mixed with dark wood furniture. But do what you love!

kernowgal Wed 04-May-16 12:49:34

I'd agree with everyone saying do what you like - so much nicer if a house reflects its owner. That's my excuse anyway - I have stuff from my travels here there and everywhere and it's all stuff I love to look at. Happy memories.

Randomposter Wed 04-May-16 12:51:40

Thanks everyone.
I just love the look because it's, clean, homely, & quite romantic ( like me grin ) & yes, if I like it & the house is decorated with love, then that's all that matters.

Thanks again.

sunnyoutside Wed 04-May-16 12:53:29

Do it Random Decorate your house how you like it, with love, and with things that give you pleasure and enjoyment.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Wed 04-May-16 12:58:06

My garden is shabby chic style.

Picnic bench, random old door, picture frames, bunting, vintage signs and loads of mis-matched pots.

I just patio/gravel with loads of trees and ivy at the end.

I like it.

MadisonMontgomery Wed 04-May-16 13:00:40

It's your house - it should be somewhere you love, who cares what anyone else thinks? Unless you are planning to renovate & sell, just do whatever makes you happy.

MaybeDoctor Wed 04-May-16 13:03:12

I like the pastel colours, gingham, florals and a few heart things aspects of shabby chic - but I don't have that look in my home.

I like painted furniture but really dislike 'distressed' paint effects. Just paint them nicely please!

LitteRedSparkle Wed 04-May-16 13:03:43

Its your house, decorate it how you like? dont pander to 'fashion', thats what other people like...

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