CHI Good Questions: Mod + Shabby Chic?

CHI Good Questions: Mod + Shabby Chic?

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Janel Laban
May 15, 2008

Sam writes: "Okay so this is my first apartment...Its smallish a one bedroom in Buena Park Chicago.
I at first thought I wanted to go modern, but now am looking at how fun shabby chic can be. So Ive already decided on a couch but it is quite boxy and a bit mod looking, do you think it would look okay to mix in shabby chic antiqueish arm chairs?

Would it look strange and forced/far too random and unalike?

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We love eclectic rooms, so we don't think there are any real "nevers" in decorating. If you keep in mind scale, texture, color and shape the "style" of the pieces can be secondary. Most importantly, if they are all pieces you love, you will most likely love them together.

BUT, let's see what the readers think...can a modern sofa and shabby chic chairs peacefully co-exist in the same room? Give Sam the thumbs up or down in the comments...

Photo: Jake TS Sofa and Cottage Chic Blanford Chair

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