The Basics of Shabby Chic Style

A shabby chic look is a style that naturally lends itself to decorating on a budget. Shabby chic uses worn furniture and comfortable pieces that are simple for practical living. If you have a limited budget and want to have an elegant, but simple style, then shabby chic is the style for you. I will show you some basic steps to decorate in shabby chic in your own home.

Use slipcovers: furniture that is covered in slipcovers is the hallmark of the shabby chic style. Not only does slipcovering furniture give an old item a new look, the cost is quite inexpensive and slip covering allows you to easily purchase used furniture. The Shabby Chic style often uses lots of simple white slip covers that look clean and fresh and are extremely budget friendly.

Unmatched Printed Fabrics: To liven up the white slip covers, printed and patterned fabrics are added as comfortable throw pillows, chair cushions, bedding, etc. These fabrics are often floral but can also be striped, paisley or any other type of subdued print. Using differing colors and patterns will make the room feel cozy and also helps you to find things on a budget.

Painted Furniture: Painted furniture is another key element in a Shabby Chic interior. Furniture can be purchased at flea markets and garages sales, and then painted for that old but loved look. Adding paint to an item of furniture gives a clean appearance, and painting several items all one color (typically white in Shabby Chic) gives unmatched furniture a look of an imperfectly matched set.

Flowers: Fresh flowers add lightness and color, and an instant Chic in the home. Cut some flowers from your own garden or make a bouquet from flowers that you buy from your local farmer’s market around the corner. The messier the flower arrangements are the more it looks shabby chic. You can use flowers in every room in the home, such as the bathrooms and the bedrooms as well.

Unique Lighting: Shabby Chic features light fixtures and lamps that typically appear to be flea market finds. Often the light fixtures have glass or crystal beads which in juxtaposition to the casual furniture creates an unexpected look. Lamps are often painted, and feature fabric shades made from printed fabrics.

You have now learned many ways to decorate with shabby chic in your home. A major appeal and the beauty of a Shabby Chic look is the imperfection, so do not be afraid of making a mistake when giving this style a try.