Soft. Distressed. Faded. Antique. Elegant. White. These words are used so often to describe the classic chic style and do capture the overall feel of this decor. We envision certain and specific images when we hear these words and that’s what makes shabby chic recognizable and familiar. But there are other important elements that make lassicc chic so interesting. Individuality. Juxtaposition. Creativity.
It might seem odd to pair classic chic design with modern art, but sometimes the most unlikely pairings create the most stunning design. Look at the following image from Topsy Turvy Style. Here a bold, hard-lined modern painting by Ellsworth Kelly contrasts the soft, delicate design work of an antique table.
One modern art piece like the image above makes a statement of creativity and individuality. It’s a juxtaposition of hard versus soft lines and bold versus muted colors and it’s easier to incorporate than you might think. And you can even make it yourself (yes you can!)
Here’s another image from Ellsworth Kelly that we’ll use for inspiration. And yes, he is one of my favorite artists! Look at the design and composition, not necessarily the colors. Your modern art piece can have any colors you choose.
So what do you think about mixing modern art with classic chic? Is it something you would consider?