Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas
Shabby Chic decorating is a dream come true for those of us who like to decorate on a budget. It combines
comfort and casualness with elegance and the beauty of beloved collected items, as well as lots of
white! It's easy to achieve this look and it's inexpensive. Here are some Shabby Chic decorating tips:
- Furniture: Paint it White!
- Use old furniture hand-me-downs or thrift store/flea market finds and paint them white.
They can be imperfectly painted to look chippy (let some of the old finish show through);
or they can have a crackled finish or peeling paint. Look for metal or iron furniture, old
wooden tables and picture frames, iron headboards, mirrors, candlesticks, etc. with chippy or
worn finishes. Old furniture can easily be painted white to achieve the Shabby Chic look.
- Overstuffed chairs and sofas covered in white or soft floral prints are definitely Shabby Chic.
They shouldn't look perfect, either. The goal is to achieve a casual, worn, lived in look; comfort,
but not messiness.
- Old trunks or large wooden storage boxes with lids painted white make great Shabby Chic coffee
tables. They are great for extra storage space and look lovely draped with old quilts or vintage laces.
Add a white vase of fresh cut flowers on top for a fresh Summery look!
- Cover your old sofa and chair with white or soft floral slipcovers. It's a lot less expensive
than buying replacement furniture, and you can easily wash the slipcovers if they become soiled.
- Mix vintage, mismatched, or hand-me-down china in a white display cabinet or casually placed on
a side table or coffee table. These items also look great hung on the wall in
combination with floral art prints or old family photos.
- Use fabrics in pastel colors, floral prints, and stripes. These are great when used in
making decorative accessories such as quilt coverlets, decorative pillows, and cloths for table
rounds. Color preferences for Shabby Chic: light blue, pink or rose, light green or sage, yellows,
and of course shades of white: white, off-white and creams.
- Display collections of vintage linens and laces, handkerchiefs, and doilies
- Frame lovely floral art prints in chippy white frames for the ultimate Shabby Chic look!
- Add fresh or faux floral arrangements to your Shabby Chic decor. Use vintage white milk glass or
hobnail vases, inexpensively purchased at thrift or second-hand stores.
- Use old family quilts or coverlets to drape on the back of the sofa or across a chair for an
inviting look. Old quilts also look great used as table covers.
- Architectural items can add interest to any decor. Paint an old ceiling tin white and display
propped on a plate holder on a table; or frame it in a chippy white frame and hang on the wall.
Casually display old pieces of distressed "gingerbread" pieces, such as finials or iron brackets.
- Another accessory suggestion: an old birdcage (painted white, of course!).
- Keep window treatments simple, light and airy. Use vintage laces or linens in shades of white
or cream simply draped over the window. Remember , the look is casual!
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