The shabby chic look is a universally appreciated look. It can be colorful, cute, playful, simple, classy – the list goes on. It all depends on your tastes and what you want your shabby chic place to be. If you are unsure where to start, these 8 techniques will help you to achieve the look you want:
Use Distressed Furniture
Distressed furniture can be key to a shabby chic look. It doesn’t need to look old and falling apart – that’s not what shabby chic is about. You simply want to ensure that is just distressed enough to evoke the feelings of shabby chic in your home. You can do this yourself with sandpaper if you like, or buy ready made distressed furniture. Whatever you like! It should look well worn and cozy. It should almost tell a story! *This post may contain affiliate links.
Incorporate Lots of Textures
The shabby chic look always includes lots of texture to make rooms stand out. You can use things like silk, faux fur, and wood to get a nice feel in your home. This is a tip you can use for any kind of theme, but it’ll stop your shabby chic look from appearing too ‘forced’ or put together. It’ll look more natural.
Use Stripes And Dots and Flowers
Stripes, dots, and flowers are the norm when you see shabby chic. These are the patterns most commonly used when it comes to furniture, accessories, and wallpaper. Using fresh flowers never goes amiss either!
Use Pale Colors
Shabby chic isn’t usually bright or loud when it comes to colors. It’s usually fairly pale; neutral most of the time. Use a palette of neutrals to create the look you like best, or incorporate a couple of pastels if you like color.
Shop For Vintage and Secondhand Items
Vintage and secondhand items will really help you to achieve the look. Buy unique things that will set the room off and bring even more character to it. These things can be expensive, so shop around. Alternatively, you can buy accessories that just give that feel but are actually new.
Go For French Furniture
French furniture is popularly used in the shabby chic look. If you don’t have the money to fork out for this, try creating your own using hardware and paint. Make sure you have some strong waterproof glue on hand to help things stick.
Choose Cosy Seating
Shabby chic seating should be cozy, so make sure you want to fall into it. There are pieces of French furniture that don’t quite give that cozy feeling in the look, but they aren’t very practical.
Incorporate a Few Kitsch Items
Kitsch items can be really cute and unusual providing you don’t use too many of them. See if you can find a few that bring a smile to your face! A little retro never hurt anybody.
The above 8 tips are perfect for helping you to get the shabby chic look in your home. Remember, there are no hard and fast rules. You can tailor it to suit you!
*This was a contributed post.