It’s Shabby Chic Week! So what actually is shabby chic decor? Here’s a run-down:
Look and feel: Combines vintage with luxury to create a soft, relaxed, cottage-like feel
Furniture style: Antique or built to look antique. Often painted but show some wear-and-tear. Have refined details and appliques of garlands or flowers.
Common furniture items: Puffy duvets, overstuffed pillows, ornate chandeliers, flower vases, curtains made from vintage fabric
Colors: White, ivory, pastels, bronze, silver
Materials: Wood, cotton, linen, glass beads, flowers
Patterns: Floral (flowers or branches), birds, sketches
Ok, now you have a pretty good idea of what the style’s all about. Let’s talk about how it helps you — here’s how you can spend this weekend shabby-chic-ifying your home:
Wallpaper is a key component in shabby chic design. Don’t cover all four walls with floor-to-ceiling wallpaper unless it’s a small room like a bathroom or closet. We recommend covering only your feature wall with wallpaper, or installing white-painted paneling on the bottom half of the walls and wallpapering the top. These wallpapers show how flowers, birds, and sketches are depicted in a shabby chic style.
Buy these wallpapers and others from The Shabby Chic Guru.
The best rooms have furniture and fixtures at varying heights in the room — drawing the eye upward makes the room more interesting. However, most people spend most of their time decorating the bottom half of their room and neglect the top half. Chandeliers are the best way to tie a room together. Shabby chic chandeliers are complicatedly beautiful: sparkling glass beads are strung between curved metal arms, and more glass beads hang beneath. Many chandeliers in this style have lightbulbs atop candles, a vintage flashback.
You can buy one of these gorgeous chandeliers from Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture.
3. Picture Frames
Mirrors with frames like this are the epitome of shabby chic. These frames are beautifully carved with elaborate details. The matte light pink paint makes them look new and cute, but the distressed curves and edges keep the shabby in shabby chic.
Buy frames like this from MountainCoveAntiques on Etsy.
4. Upholstered Furniture
Linens play an important part in shabby chic design, so it’s no surprise that upholstered furniture is a characteristic of the style. The following before/after is more chic than shabby, but it shows how switching up one piece of furniture can make a huge difference in a room. The white-painted legs and light green pattern on the fabric are cottage-inspired and quasi-shabby chic.
See exactly how Meredith transformed her coffee table in her blog, Not So Newlywed McGees.
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