Shabby chic décor has an elegant, timeless appeal –and is ideal for many formal events.

Is Shabby Chic Too Shabby for an Event?

“Shabby chic?” You might be thinking, “Isn’t that a bit too, well, shabby for a formal event?”

Shabby chic is a décor style that many people know and love. But while it’s a style that’s often used in homes, it’s also extremely popular for events. This is because, despite the name, this décor can lend an elegant and upscale feel to occasions ranging from parties to weddings. Even the most fashionable fashionistas have embraced this style –see: Jessica Simpson, Denise Richards, and Madonna, for instance.

If vintage, boho, rustic, and antique are styles that appeal to you, then you’ll love shabby chic. Don’t let the word put you off; this décor has a timeless and classic appeal –perfect for an elegant, yet rustic event. If you’re looking for a theme for your upcoming event, here’s what you should know about shabby chic.

What Is Shabby Chic?
Shabby chic décor is well-loved for its soft, dreamy take on old-fashioned décor. This style makes use of rustic or distressed furniture, offset with just a touch of glamor. Think: crystal chandeliers, pearls, ribbons, and lace. When used in events –or home décor, this style evokes classic country style, with a touch of timeless elegance.

What Events Can Benefit from Shabby Chic?
While shabby chic décor is popular with interior designers, it’s also a popular style for events –especially weddings. This style is a great way to combine the feeling of ‘something old’ and ‘something new’ with a fashionable, elegant feel that many brides-to-be are looking for. While it might not be an ideal décor style for, say, a corporate meeting, shabby chic can definitely be used for many other events.

Incorporating Shabby Chic
The beauty of this style is that it can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like. Whether you simply use accents like lace and flowers, or go all out and bring in some vintage or rustic furniture, and accent with plenty of candles, pearls, and crystal details, this style is a great match for many events –and something you’ll want to consider if old-fashioned décor and modern elegance both appeal to you.

Don’t let the name put you off –shabby chic can be dressed up or down, making for an event that’s as rustic or elegant as you’d like. It truly is a versatile and classic style, and may be just what you’re looking for, for your big day.

Shabby chic: love it or hate it?

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