Shabby chic wedding items are often heavily painted through the years, with many layers showing through obviously time-worn areas.
The style is imitated in faux painting using glaze or by painting then rubbing and sanding away the top coat to show the wood or base coats, known as “distressing” the finish of the furniture.
Furniture pieces that are not genuine antiques are usually selected for their resemblance to older furniture styles, and may be reproduction furniture with a distressed finish.
Elaborate furniture appliques depicting flower swags and garlands, cherubs, and other motifs may be added.
Fabrics tend to be cottons and linens, with linen being particularly popular, inspired by old French linens.
Pure whites, as well as ecrus and worn or bleached out pastel colours are favourites. Fabric is often stained with tea to give it the look of old fabric. Bleached and faded are terms often applied to the style.
Vintage floral patterns with pastel colours, cotton ticking patterns, or linen in earth tones, are all typical of shabby chic style.