Using a shabby chic style to decorate your home will give it a unique and stunning look. This style is much more adaptable than say, a minimalist home, as shabby chic allows you to personalise your home, provides plenty of opportunity for storage and best of all, is very easy to achieve!
When it comes to decorating your home in a shabby chic style, you need to forget everything you already know about styling; particularly rules like “everything should match and look brand new”! In order to achieve the look, you can’t style your home in the way that you are used to; there are new rules and things to consider. Rules such as:
Second hand is often better. Most styles require you to buy brand new items that are in pristine condition, but not the shabby chic look! Lightly worn linen and a variety of lace, including eyelet laces are perfect for the shabby chic look. You can buy some items brand new that have been treated to look slightly worn however, it is much easier (and cheaper!) to buy these items second hand. Second hand furniture is an excellent way of achieving the shabby chic look: you can find beautiful pieces of furniture in thrift stores, give them a quick sprucing up if needed, and your home will look stunning.
Things don’t have to match perfectly. Mismatched pillows are a great and cheap way of achieving the shabby chic look in any room. Combine a variety of designs of cushion covers and shapes, but also try to keep the colours of the pillows consistent with your overall decorating scheme. Mismatched furniture is also a great way to bring the shabby chic look into your home, and gives you more freedom in the choice of your furniture. Try replacing the door handles and wardrobe knobs and handles for iron ones that are mismatched.
Diamond Interiors Notes: Mixing and matching your accessories to achieve a shabby chic look can work in any space of the home: for example, to achieve the look in your kitchen, here are some quick tips: Mismatched and colourful teacups, teapots, plates, etc. will complement the style beautifully. You could have an assortment on display on an open shelf; use lace table runners combined with colourful and mismatched seat cushions; and don’t ever underestimate the appeal of a funky chandelier in the kitchen!
Diamond Interiors Notes: Artwork is a beautiful compliment to any style of home. A shabby chic home renders itself to a quirky, vintage and often whimsical theme: Theatre posters, floral prints (framed wallpaper can look fantastic), vintage advertisements, be creative!
When it comes to your walls make it interesting! Use colour to your advantage by choosing shades of pastel that will compliment your furnishings without taking centre stage. A combination of wallpaper and paint can also work well in a room. Choose light colours: whites, pale green, blue or purple in a pastel shade.
Shabby chic flooring is usually the traditional, old-fashioned floorboard look, perhaps with a coat of paint: whitewashed timber looks amazing! This is usually finished with a large, floral and light coloured rug, or a shaggy rug can also do the trick. You can carpet your floor if you prefer, but try to choose lighter colours such as off-white or natural tones.
When you are choosing your bed, pick something that has a wooden or wrought iron frame. Cover your bed in a floral bedspread with matching pillows and plenty of extra, mismatched cushions.
Diamond Interiors notes: Complete the look in the bedroom with framed art (see above: Retro Pictures), an occasional chair in the corner, a bookshelf filled with old classics, bedside tables decorated with a vase of fresh flowers, the possibilities are literally endless!
There are lots of extra touches you can add to your home to enhance the shabby chic style: for the natural touch, try to add some fresh flowers arranged in a vase. In your children’s room, you could buy a second hand, large wooden rocking chair and fill it with antique toys: teddy bears and dolls, not to mention the all-important cushion or two! Decorate your home according to this guide, then sit back and enjoy your shabby chic and completely unique home.
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