The shabby chic style is not a Victorian invention, in fact it is quite modern. However it does hark back to the romance and sentimentality of Victorian times. This overt sentimentality, and the lush romantic images associated with it, provide a softened and feminine feeling to counteract the often brutal realism of much modern design.
Floral motifs are quite common in this style of home décor, as are, also, pale pastel shades. Painted surfaces ae often deliberately distressed to give the appearance of age