Whilst by no means a new look, shabby chic kitchens are now one of the most sought after kitchen styles, particularly in country or period properties. To create the perfect kitchen in this style, you will need to think about the walls and floors as well as the furniture, including such pieces as shabby chic shelves.
Walls are generally best painted in white or off-white to maximise the amount of light. Stripes painted in a pastel shade will also look good. If wallpaper is more to your taste, a muted floral pattern will work best.
Floor boards should be plain wood or painted white, or as an alternative you could make use of rustic tiles. If changing the floors is not in the budget, choose lots of kitchen rugs and mats that are pastel or muted floral prints.
Choosing the perfect shelves will also help perfect your shabby chic decor in your kitchen. If you are handy, you could make some shelves for yourself. There are several ways that you could find shelves for your kitchen walls, one of them being to buy some shelves that match your kitchen decor. Mix white emulsion with water, half and half for a light coverage and a third of water to two thirds of paint for a heavier coverage. After painting the shelves, wait until they dry, and then sand the shelves down to give the shelves the worn look that you are looking for.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you could make your shelves from scratch. Some really nice stylish shelves have been made out of unique items such as cotton reels and pottery boards. Simply glue together old fashioned wooden cotton reels to make the supports, paint and sand them to give them a wonderful distressed look and then use the old pottery boards (or any distressed looking boards that you can find) for the shelves. For most people creating your own shelves and furniture may seems like too daunting a task, and luckily now there are many items on the market that are created to capture the distressed, worn look.
Try to imagine classic, timeless decor and use big pieces of furniture that has years of quality left in them. Adding vintage ceramic or glass knobs onto your furniture will make it look more authentically shabby chic. The thing to remember is to focus on pieces that have the warm and cozy feeling that shabby chic has.
Once you have bought your big pieces of furniture, you will need to think about the shelves that you want to hang on the walls to display your knick-knacks. The shelving doesn’t need to match the furniture, it just needs to all be in the same color scheme, mostly light colored pastels. It’s important to carefully select the knick-knacks that are placed on the shelving so that it stays in tune with the shabby chic style that you are after. You should think about the colours and textures of the items. Use your grandmother’s old cookbooks, black and white photos in frames, and silver Victorian tea sets. You want it to look like a hodge-podge of items that you haven’t put a lot of thought into, but in reality you do need to put some thought into it to make sure it all goes together effortlessly.
Try and be understated, you do not need to have every single item distressed, miss-matched or floral. Make it uniquely yours so that your personality is shown all throughout your shabby chic kitchen.