Laurel & Wolf Explains: Shabby Chic vs Romantic
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.
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.
The color palette is based around soft neutrals such as beige tones, sky blues and pure whites.
Shabby chic designs create comfortable and inviting spaces through soft, relaxed, feminine decor and gentle curves.
Fabrics are typically linen and cotton with vintage floral patterns inspired by the French countryside.
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.
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 design is all about appealing to the senses and creating a space that’s warm, welcoming and timeless.
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.
Romantic designs typically include a pastel color palette of white, dusty pink and muted grey that’s calming to the eyes.
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.
Sheer curtains keep the room feeling soft and inviting for a stylish dinner party.
Creamy white painted cabinets add a touch of vintage elegance in romantic spaces.
Soft, sparkling chandeliers and polished accents create a romantic glow in a kid’s bedroom.
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