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About eight years ago, if you were to ask someone what “shabby chic” was, he or she would probably have no idea. However, this particular style of décor has been around for some time, as you will discover. This décor is a casual and comfortable look that uses vintage furniture and accessories to create a worn yet chic look.
This style is perfect if you love things that are mismatched. For instance, if you have dishes that consist of plates, bowls, and cups that are all floral but yet none match, or beautiful Battenberg linens and doilies but none are the same. This style uses primarily white accessories and distressed pieces.
The Shabby Chic décor is one that you would probably find in your grandmother’s home. She had elegant and lacy things but from years of use, was worn or faded. This is not a cheap or old looking style, but one of comfort, kind of like having that favorite pair of shoes that you love to slip onto your feet after a busy day at the office. Shabby Chic is actually quite elegant in a special way. If you were interested in creating Shabby Chic décor for your home, we would recommend the following to help you achieve an amazing look:
The furniture needs to be white or white and distressed. If you have furniture that is dark, you can add a coat of white paint and you will instantly have a piece of furniture that would fit with this décor. Remember, you are not looking for perfect. Instead, those little imperfections such as dings or scratches are what give the furniture its character and charm. If you do not have the right type of furniture, you can usually find great pieces at an estate sale, auction, or at a flea market.
For old sofas and chairs, slipcovers are an excellent option. You can take a contemporary leather sofa or an American Country sofa and completely transform it by using a slipcover that matches the Shabby Chic look.
Fabrics that are tea stained, either bought or created, are also perfect. To make tea stained fabric, you would take any fabric that is white or has a faded print and roll it up in a ball. Brew some tea using teabags, as if you were making summer tea and then dip the fabric in the tea for about 30 seconds. Remove, lay it out, and dry. If you want an even stain, do not roll the fabric in a ball but leave it flat and move the entire fabric through the tea to stain it.
Upholstery should be large and something you can just plop down in when you sit. You want fabric that has ruffles or lace to create a look of elegance but one that has a lived in look as well.
Look for glass or clear plastic doorknobs, old fireplace mantles that are distressed, or anything that will bring interest to the room.
Look for items that are flawed. Yes, that is correct – imperfect items. If you see an old iron table that is white but has some chips out of the paint, perfect. If you find a white medicine cabinet that has some indentions, great, and even an old cracked teapot is a treasure for this type of décor.
Metal items are big with Shabby Chic. This would include metal carts, trays, headboards, chandeliers, and so on. Remember, those pieces that are rusted, peeling, or cracked are the best
Shabby Chic is also all about fresh flowers. You should have soft pink roses, yellow daises, and baby’s breath setting on the dining room table, a single tulip on the bathroom countertop, and vases of mixed bouquets scattered about the house.