If you have an older home that you want to make some changes to, then you really need to think about what will work well with it. An ultra minimalist and modern style of decor could work. However, due to the nature of the design of the home, it could look a little out of place. So it could be worth considering and embracing, a bit of classic British shabby chic for your home. With a cottage feel, full of lace, and frilly touches, it can look really cute, but still with a bit of a retro vibe. The key is to not overdo it, though, or it could end up looking like an old people’s home! So here are some tips of how to embrace shabby chic the right way. You’ll have a cute and cosy interior before you know it.
Look For Antiques
If you want to get some genuine shabby chic into your home, then being on the hunt for antique furniture is a great way to do it. You don’t have to leave the furniture as it is. However, you can if you would like to. But repainting and reupholstering is a great way to get some really unique pieces that look just as stylish too. It could be some old French chairs, for example. With a sand down, a lick of paint, and fresh new cushions, they could look amazing in a dining room, or even to use with a dresser in a bedroom. They key to finding the best pieces of antique furniture is to look for the potential that the furniture has, not just what you see it has on face value. If the thought of reupholstering does scare you a little, then why not look at an article like upholster.co.uk/howto/, for example. Then you’ll have a guide to help you get the furniture looking as you’ll want it to.
Choose Dainty Accessories
In order to embrace the shabby chic look in your home, then it is all about the accessories. Personal preference does come into play here, as not everyone is going to want accessories on every shelf and in every room. So choose what works for you. Think about things that give a nod to the shabby vibe, though, with things like cute cups and saucers, as well as vintage teapots or silver trays. Flowers are always going to work for a shabby chic look. But instead of the more modern looking succulents, choose actual flowers, or even paper flowers for something extra quirky. One piece of advice is to not go overboard with the colours that you choose. They should suit the colours of the room and compliment them, not clash or distract from them. When it all fits with the tone of the room, it looks right, rather than something from a jumble sale.
They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. So it makes sense that getting the kitchen right is the best way to get the overall look of the home that you want. An English country style kitchen is the best way to get the look that you’re after. You could choose some intricate designs on your kitchen units, as well as choosing rustic wood floors and a rustic wooden table and chairs. Annie Sloan do some great paints for this shabby chic look in a kitchen, as in most instance, you don’t even need to sand down the furniture. It just paints right on. So you may have a table that just needs a little love and an update. Leaving the top of the table as wood, and then painting the legs a lighter colour, like cream or white, is always a good shabby chic look. It makes it look very homely and chic but still gives it a modern and classy edge.
Don’t Forget About the Bathroom
The bathroom can often get a little overlooked when it comes to decorating the house. Especially when it is decorating the house in this shabby chic style. Which can leave it looking a little out of place with the rest of the home. But there are lots of ways that you can make your bathroom a cute and cosy shabby chic style bathroom. First of all, if you have space, then a freestanding bath in the bathroom is the way to go. It just screams elegance and vintage style, just like in the old movies. So look for a roll top bath with claw feet, from somewhere like drench.co.uk for the ultimate shabby chic bathroom style. Of course, there are plenty of showers and sink styles that will work too. It is just about things like the fixtures and fittings when it comes to getting the style just right, though. Look for waterfall showerheads and taps, rather than their really modern looking counterparts. It is also a good idea to look for bronze or brushed gold taps, rather than shiny stainless steel silver ones. The latter just looks too shiny and modern, when you are trying to achieve a classic and slightly aged look.
Other things that work well in the bathroom are freestanding towel rails, as it will make them almost look like a changing rail or shutter. Choosing fabric shower curtains is more of a shabby chic look, rather than a glass or Perspex shower screen. So all just things to bear in mind. In many ways, it is all about the accessories and the finish on things, that will really give you the shabby chic look.
You can’t just have bare walls in your home, can you? But you need to be more particular about what you want on the walls when you’re trying to achieve a certain look. One thing that I particularly like is when a plain mirror is framed and paired with a large vintage looking photo frame. Often you can’t find a mirror with the right kind of edging (and if you can it will often cost a fortune). So framing the mirror with a large photo frame can give it a quirky and vintage look. The best thing about it is that you can sand down and distress or paint the photo frame, so you can make it look quite different to how you bought it. Again, don’t just take these kinds of thing at face value. Look for the potential that they have, and you can make something look completely different and just in the style that you want.
Other wall decor could be classic photographs in mismatched frames, as well as putting accessories on the wall. Old plates or saucers could be hung on the walls too. You could frame three in a row that are similar, just like you might do with photographs. Just be careful to not overkill the look. Things like that don’t need to be on every wall in the home, for example. But a few here and there will make the room look totally different than if there photos or wall art hanging there instead.
Think About Colour
Some colours will really help to give the home a shabby chic and vintage look. Some colours, however, will really distract from the look that you are trying to achieve. The colours you want to go for should be softer colours, rather than harsher colours. If you’re unsure what I mean, then just think of a cream coloured wall versus a white coloured wall. The white colour might look more crisp, but it does look more harsh than the soft cream coloured wall. So pure bright white is a colour to be avoided really. The same goes for bright colours too. Pastel shades and paler colours will be the colours to choose. A duck egg blue or pastel blue will look much softer in the home that a bright cobalt blue, for example. So think about colour in your home and choose it wisely. It can make all of the difference!
Trying to achieve a shabby chic look in the home can come down to lots of different layers. First of all, you start off with your walls. Then there might be accessories on the walls or photographs, and mirrors hung to display. Then you need to layer things up on your furniture. Think about throws and cushions for your chairs and sofas, as well as cloths and lace trimmings for things like your dining table and on your bed. You could add lace to shelving in your home, to add another dimension to it. All of the frilly and feminine touches will give your home a really vintage feel, and make it the prettiest place to be. Again, don’t do everything all at once in one room. It could be a lace tablecloth and drapes in one room, with a frilly throw and cushions in another room. Less can be more.
Is shabby chic a style that you love in your home? Would love to hear what you think.