Feb 05, 2016

How to Rock Shabby Chic Design in Your Home

Being a slave to trends can be exhausting, especially in the realm of home décor.  Frequently changing out your furniture, paint colors and accessories isn’t only time-consuming, it’s expensive.  One of the most timeless and cost-effective interior design concepts you can select for your home is shabby chic, which in a nutshell, injects new life into timeworn accessories.  Here are our suggestions for making the most of this trend in your home.

Furniture: No shabby chic room is complete without coordinating furniture.  This design feature is an area where you can genuinely express yourself because the options are endless.  While antique chairs and end tables are a given, your choices don’t stop there.  For a whimsical touch, include a distressed wooden door as a backdrop for a rustic vignette.  You can also repurpose an antique dresser as a kitchen island or as an entryway table with built-in storage.

Color Palette:  By its very nature, shabby chic décor is fun and feminine.  Pastels, especially shades in the pink, blue and green families tend to be the most common selections.  Incorporating a white or cream accent color ensures a winning color combination.

Mirrors: Mirrors and shabby chic design go hand-in-hand, especially since they are so readily available at antique stores and flea markets.  Peeled paint is part of the vintage charm, so don’t reject a mirror for that reason.  Mirrors with frames that have decorated twists are natural conversation pieces and splurging on them should be considered a guilt-free indulgence.

Lighting: Shabby chic rooms encompass both comfort and grandeur.  An elegant chandelier radiating with crystals is the ideal shabby chic lighting concept.  Shabby chic table lamps can also be utilized.  Look for one with a sumptuous & distressed base which will add character.  Stay true to the shabby chic theme by incorporating a lamp shade that’s pastel, lacy or floral patterned.  Floral outlet covers are also an appropriate choice in this realm of design.

Floral Designs: Staying true to the feminine aspect of shabby décor, floral patterns in pastel tones can be incorporated throughout the room.  Popular spots include tapestries, lamp shades, curtains, table cloths, and artwork.

Rugs: In the realm of rugs, shabby chic design can take many forms.  Some homeowners prefer weathered oriental rugs because of their beauty.  Others opt for woven rugs comprised of natural fibers, such as jute or seagrass.  Rugs with floral patterns can also easily be integrated into a shabby chic room.

Repurposed Wood Pallets: One of the most endearing components of shabby chic interior design is the ability for creative homeowners to breathe new life into old pieces.  One material that’s getting a lot of use is wooden shipping pallets.  Pinterest is a treasure trove of ways to utilize this design.  We especially like tables, shelving and chests constructed out of recycled wood pallets.


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