Do you need to work with a limited budget while decorating? If so, shabby chic decorating is the decorating style for you. Decorating this way is an easy way to save money and it is a lot of fun too, because you can use old and new furnishings and accessories and bring it all together. Let me give you some ideas to get started.
Browsing flea markets, second-hand stores and yard sales are basic to this style of decorating and are easy on the decorating budget. Many things can be given new life with a little TLC and creativity. Add some fresh paint, or some new drawer handles and knobs, or cover old things up with new pieces of fabric.
When finding a place in your home for shabby chic home décor yard sale and flea market finds, adhere to the philosophy that less is more. Leave plenty of breathing room around large items such as chests and dressers which make a room feel more open and avoid the disorderly look of clutter. A few personal treasures displayed on top of the furniture will then have “center stage”.
A great place to get ideas for shabby chic decor are trendy restaurants and shops that display this type of decor. This will help you observe the unlimited possibility in home décor and furniture that you may not have otherwise seen in the past.
Shabby chic decorating can enhance many decorating styles. For example, a traditional decor can look more laid-back and inviting by bringing in second-hand items such as vintage throw pillows and prints for the walls. Sleek, fitted slip covers instead of loose, roomy slipcovers are an excellent shabby chic decorating addition to a contemporary-style room. Take a look around your home and garage for items that could be reinvented in some way. You might want to move an item to another room so it can be used in a different way; such as, a small dresser used in a bathroom for additional storage.
By using your imagination and creativity you can add a touch of shabby chic decorating to any room. Just remember that the shabby chic decorating style is flexible and free of boundaries.