Once Upon a Design: 5 Tips to Master the Fairytale Chic Aesthetic

01st Feb 2024

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Learn everything you can about the enchanting design style of Fairytale Chic.

A pictuer of a writing desk from the Redecor Season Pass

Welcome to Fairytale Chic – Where Design Dreams Come True!

The Fairytale Chic style, a sub-genre of Shabby Chic, captures the essence of nostalgic and timeless elegance with inspiration drawn from classic fairytales. Originating in the cottages of the English countryside during the 1980s, Shabby Chic beautifully combines the old with the new, celebrating a worn, distressed, and well-loved aesthetic inspired by vintage decor. Today, Shabby Chic has evolved into a versatile design language that effortlessly blends the elegance of the past with a relaxed, lived-in feel—a perfect companion for the captivating world of fairy tales.

Textural layering, enchanting accessories, and floral accents define Fairytale Chic, inviting you to craft a living space that embodies the magic and romance of classic fairytales. This design style transforms your space into a haven where every element tells a story, allowing imagination to take center stage.

Our Top 5 Tips:

Looking to turn your spaces into an enchanted kingdom? We’re here to help! Here are our top 5 tips to master Fairytale Chic Designs.

1. A Whimsical Color Palette:

This Design style is all about capturing the essence of fantasy through colors. Opt for a whimsical palette that includes soft pastels and muted tones – think about dreamy pinks, muted greens and powder blues. Don’t be afraid to experiment with unconventional color combinations; after all, fairytales were never about sticking to the ordinary. So, in the words of the Mad Hatter, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

a picture of a castle outside of a window from the Season Pass catalog

Looks like our art team has waved their Design wands and seamlessly blended soft pastels and textiles together. The dreamy pinks and muted tones set the stage for a fairytale ambiance, inviting you to step into a world of enchantment!

2. Vintage and Shabby Chic Furniture:

Mixing and matching styles can help create a timeless look, that feels like it’s been plucked from the pages of a beloved story. Use distressed finishes and muted upholsteries to add an elegant touch, transforming your space into a place fit for a royal ball. As Cinderella would say, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go!

a living room in the magical fairy chic design style

In this example, you can see the combination of distressed wooden furniture, including ornate coffee tables and delicately curved chairs, exude charm and character. These pieces adorned with patterned pillows and intricate finishing touches transport you to an era where each item has a story to tell.

3. Layered Textures for a Magical Touch:

Add depth to your Designs by incorporating layered textures to contribute to the overall design style. Combine soft, muted fabrics with rustic textures such as distressed wood and iron. You can also consider adding fluffy rugs, patterned throw pillows, and sheer curtains to add a sense of luxury, making your space feel like a page out of a fairy tale!

a chair with a view behind it, season pass catalog

With a sprinkle of fairy dust, our art team has masterfully layered textures in this design, creating a magical setting. The combination of distressed woods and patterned textiles adds visual interest, transforming the space into an storybook haven.

4. Charming Accessories and Décor:

Infuse an irresistible touch into your Designs through accessories and decor. Vintage mirrors and whimsical wall art are here to work their magic to the ambiance. Don’t forget the finer details; throw in some pops of gold or silver because, really, who says your space can’t have a touch of royalty?

foyer in the shabby chic style for the season pass catalog

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the chicest Design of them all? This one is! Take a look at intricate details of enchanting accessories in this example. The antique mirror with delicate detailing reflects the fairytale charm, which is complemented by the ethereal ceramics and floral prints.

5. Floral and Botanical Accents:

Transform your Fairytale Chic haven with the allure of florals and botanical charm. Use floral wallpaper or murals to create a charming backdrop, adding a touch of fairytale romance to your surroundings. Now, onto those finishing touches! Complete your Designs with blooming flowers or potted plants to bring life and color to your space!

armchair with an enchanted vibe for the Redecor Season Pass catalog

This Design is flourishing with beauty! Blooming flowers in vintage vases fill the space, while botanical-themed wallpaper adds a romantic backdrop, both enhancing the fairytale atmosphere.

By infusing these 5 magical elements into your Designs, you’re well on your way to creating a Fairytale Chic escape that captivates the imagination and transforms your space into a realm of enchantment. Let the magic of this Season inspire your Design choices, and embark on a journey where every room tells a story of romance. Happy decorating!

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