I’m trying something new today by including a musical track for this blog post, just to share the musical love a little. Click above to enjoy “The Woods” by Hollow Cove.
I am aware that chippy paint is something of a major trend. You know, “shabby chic”. In theory I love those two words together but I have come to resent the term in many ways. Partly purely because it is in fact so trendy and therefore we might be overloading on it. But mostly because some uses of it are extremely generous if we’re truly trying to stick to the “chic” descriptor.
Let me be clear: My mantra with interior design has always been that you should decorate with what you makes happy. Even if your neighbor or favorite blogger thinks it’s weird or tacky or outdated or “so 2015”. All that matters is that when you look around the room it makes you smile.
Let this just be a gentle suggestion to the world that real chipping paint is fantastically more charming than faux distressed finishes. And there are so many more elements to true vintage and antique furniture and architecture besides chipping paint that bring depth and beauty to a room. This is why faux finishes just can’t come close to the real thing. They’re missing that je ne sais quoi, the character and story behind truly old stuff. Don’t take my word for it. Feast your eyes.
I should pull back for a moment and note that I am not opposed to all types of faux-ing. Many reproduction antiques are very well done in their own right and usually much more affordable than the real thing. I like things that are vintage-inspired, or distressed ever so lightly. I just can’t deal with the side table that’s been painted bright teal with random bits scraped off and then stenciled with “Love Is All You Need” on the top. Can’t. There, I said it. Sorry, not sorry.
I love a lot of real distressing. The chippier and rougher, the better. Well, to a point obviously. If it’s falling apart that’s not good. 😉 What do you think about the term “shabby chic”? Do you like the version of it in these photos? I don’t know if this would even be considered “legitimate” shabby chic but it’s my shabby chic anyway.
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