Shabby chic décor has been all the rave since the 80s and still is. So whether you’re looking to purchase a brand-new pastel-toned dining room accessory from the store, or thinking of artfully refurbishing Grandmother’s half-length hallway mirror yourself, there’s always a way to successfully perfect the shabby chic you’re after.
First, the shabby chic look is usually built on white backgrounds – often a complex mixture of different shades, so don’t be afraid to mix clean, bright and aged whites. The usual accent colours consist of light blues, roses and sage greens. You can use one as an accent colour or a mixture. Of course, any other colours are acceptable, just be sure they are muted, light or washed out – you want it to look aged, but tasteful.
Although shabby chic is generally a somewhat old, antique look, not everything has to be in that particular style. So pair your antiques with new, formal pieces as well, as some items can appear too distressed or used, and this might devalue your space. The great news is your ornate shabby chic furniture, flowers and fabrics look great on a plain base so clean modern laminate flooring and high-quality modern doors and windows work well alongside this design scheme. The image below demonstrates how well this can work. In this design the base is airy and clean, modern walls, floors and fantastic modern bi-fold doors. However the ornate kitchen furniture really stands out against this simple background. The designer just needs to add finishing touches to complete the shabby chic look with a few ornaments, flowers and fabrics.
Get bored and all you have to do is change a few ornaments and throws to change the colour and feel of the room. Get bored of shabby chic and you have a simple quality base on which to build a totally different design!
Another way of adding some chic character to your home is to give something old, new life. To do this, use furniture that you already have. This will give you the opportunity to add your own personality and unique taste to the room. If you aren’t really into DIY, you can always purchase a bedroom suite from a furniture and interior shop that is already perfectly worn, giving you that shabby look that you love without all the hard work. For a more swanky look, go with French styles, or even mirrored furniture.
Large, ornate frames can be used to create effective wall décor. You can use smaller mirrors or frames to fashion a grouping over a sofa or for something that can be used to decorate the space over your fireplace. Choose different metallic shades to suit your style and taste.
When you are choosing the lighting for your room, be brave and consider a chandelier, which will immediately give your space a very vintage feel. But it’s up to you to decide just how ornate and large it should be for the room it will occupy.
If you are redecorating your dining room, a few small changes can really give the space a stylish look. Once forgotten but always classy, linen napkins can really jazz up your dining room table. Try to find delicate floral patterns that appear well worn.
Meanwhile, for a nice, calm feel in your bedroom, white bedding adds a light and restful atmosphere. Search for white on white patterns or for intricate details and needlework. Typically, floral fabrics can add the dash of delicate creativity that you are looking for.
When it comes to furniture, you can play around with it. Dining chairs aren’t always confined to the dining room and chest of drawers don’t necessarily need to go in the boudoir. They can be used for the entrance corridor, home office or as elegant storage options. Also, add some dainty, vintage knobs for some extra charm.
Shabby chic has yet to go out of style and there are many interior design shops that offer a variety of shabby chic furniture as well as sophisticated, French styles. Creating this look might sound like a lot of work but it can be simple and affordable with the right style in mind, some creative furnishings, and a few bright ideas.