Do you want an easy and fun decorating style to use in your home? Shabby chic decorating is the decorating style for you! Shabby chic decorating uses vintage decor as well as new décor that looks old. The end result is a delightfully decorated room that features a comfortable, lived-in look. Shabby chic decorating ideas are plentiful!
Family heirlooms and collectibles are perfect for this decorating style. Their sentimental value and ageless beauty will be enjoyed not only by you but also by your family and guests. They also make great conversation pieces.
If you have a limited decorating budget, shabby chic decorating is a perfect solution. Flea markets, garage sales, and friend’s attics and basements are ideal places to scour for this style of home décor.
A coat of paint makes old pieces of furniture ideal additions to shabby chic decorating. Older upholstered furniture can be updated by using slip covers or large throws. If you have a few pieces of nice furniture, highlight them by “building around them”. They will look like real treasures surrounded by shabby chic home décor accents.
Vintage lace is a wonderful addition to this decorating style. You can buy lace even if it is stark white and give it the illusion of being old by staining it with tea. Try a test piece first to get the desired shade. Lace that is cotton or at least partly cotton takes the tea stain well; however, polyester or nylon lace may not work as well.
Other characteristics of this decorative style include distressed finishes, soft as well as delicate colors, mixing checks, stripes, and flower-patterned fabrics, using a rumpled but neat look, and using home décor that is worn but also elegant. The shabby chic decorating style draws on the time period from 1900-1950. Keeping that in mind will help make this decorating style easier and much more fun!