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Laurel & Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic

By: Casey Gerber

February 20, 2015

Looking for thematic inspiration for your new design project? Shabby chic and romantic design styles are becoming increasingly more popular but can easily be confused. Our list of key features will allow you to identify the core elements from the two styles.

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic


SHABBY CHIC

Shabby chic began as a counter-culture movement when quality decor became  expensive and increasingly more popular with the upper classes. Thus, Bohemians and artisans began recycling used furniture and fabrics to create casual, stylish spaces.

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic

The color palette is based around soft neutrals such as beige tones, sky blues and pure whites.

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic

Shabby chic designs create comfortable and inviting spaces through soft, relaxed, feminine decor and gentle curves.

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic

Fabrics are typically linen and cotton with vintage floral patterns inspired by the French countryside.

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic

This dining room is the perfect space for a shabby chic luncheon. The lush white linen chairs, ruffled blue tablecloth and the gorgeous floral arrangement create a casual, effortless vibe.

 

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic

The shabby chic aesthetic uses layers of feminine accessories. Painted furniture, chintz curtains and playful pink lanterns give life to this shabby chic nursery.


ROMANTIC

Romantic design is all about appealing to the senses and creating a space that’s warm, welcoming and timeless.

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic

Bedding is important in a romantic bedroom. Floral patterns add a touch of casual elegance, and soft, cozy fabrics with rich texture give the feeling of relaxing in bed after a long day.

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic

Romantic designs typically include a pastel color palette of white, dusty pink and muted grey that’s calming to the eyes.

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic

If a romantic room is all about invigorating the senses, then what better way to do that than with scented candles, aromatic floral arrangements, a box of chocolates, a plush sofa and feminine accessories. This ultimately creates a warm space with a timeless refinement.

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic

Sheer curtains keep the room feeling soft and inviting for a stylish dinner party.

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic

Creamy white painted cabinets add a touch of vintage elegance in romantic spaces.

Laurel and Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic

Soft, sparkling chandeliers and polished accents create a romantic glow in a kid’s bedroom.

Check out our Pinterest page for more examples of shabby chic and romantic designs!

Need help creating these looks in your space? Browse our shabby chic and romantic style interior designers’ portfolios to find your perfect match!

xoxo, Laurel & Wolf

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