Shabby chic is a quite soft style which fits perfectly for cottages but can be used at many other homes too. It easily can add a feminine touch to any interior and make it quite unique. Usually, in such interiors, you can find one or several furniture pieces that are heavily painted through the years and are showing through time-worn areas.
Shabby chic builds off of a white background, but there are many shades of white you can work with. Mixing brighter whites with aged whites is just fine. The usual accent colors are light blues, roses and sage greens, but you can certainly throw your own colors into the mix as long as they are muted, light or washed out. Remember that you are going for a gracefully aged look!