Charlotte may be known as the Queen City, but one of its premier design trends is far from pretentious and stuffy – the shabby chic look. Shabby chic is a design style that combines cottage and rustic features, with a comfortable and cozy feel. If you love scouting for antiques, taking on the occasional DIY project, and collecting vintage furniture pieces, then the shabby chic look might be right up your alley.
The popularity of the shabby chic design trend in Charlotte may be due to its current typography. Even though Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina with almost 900,000 residents, it is still quite normal to see farms and pastures replete with cows and horses on a daily basis.
Shabby chic can easily be confused with the farmhouse style because it is common to find distressed, antique or vintage furniture in it. Like the farmhouse style, rustic ornate fixtures are in order and the color palette is very light and airy, with the color choices typically staying within the beiges, creams and ivory. Shabby chic does push the color envelope a bit by venturing into pastel-like blues, pinks, and greens.
One advantage of this design style is that it can be achieved on a tighter budget because some of its elements can be purchased at fleas markets, yard sales, antique shops or they can be made from scratch. Moreover, this style screams juxtaposition; the cottage components tend to feel classic, while the rustic materials tend to feel trendier.
For homeowners, the challenge of implementing this design style is that it demands time and energy to get that curated look. Hunting for those gems at a consignment or antique shop or working on a DIY project can take a lot of effort. But when it comes together, it is no wonder Charlotte is crazy about the shabby chic design aesthetic.
If you find yourself having a design change of heart, know that change is good. For more design inspo, visit me and learn more about Charlotte Interior Design!