White works well with modern architecture, and modern shabby chic designers know that. Instead of using a complex color palette, they keep it simple with warm white shades for paints and fabrics. There are lots of white paints out there, but the warmest and most inviting contain a hint of orange or red-yellow. White-on-white fabrics in checks or stripes add just enough geometry to appear somewhat modern without losing their indulgent elegance, too. They're an inspired choice for chairs, couches, pillows or drapes.