Shabby chic interior design blends French provincial style with vintage charm. New furniture and decor is often distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique or, at the least, shows visible signs of wear and tear. This is then contrasted with soft yet opulent touches – a chandelier dripping in crystals, lavish white linen or an etched silver serving tray, for instance – to ensure a sense of decadence and not a total lack of care.

Predominately white, with pale pastel accents, embossed patterns and floral motifs, this style is soft, relaxed and very feminine. Timber floors are common, and are often left plain or painted white for a country-cottage feel. Cherished trinkets, decorative throws and cushions, silverware and mismatched photo frames can then personalise the space.