Marks Of A Shabbily Chic Home

Shabby chic has become a popular interior decorating style and you can take principles from the shabby chic design style and apply them in your home to create a space that is comfortable and functional. It doesn’t hurt if your house already has that lived-in feel; then it only takes a few subtle changes to capture the shabby chic appeal.

The presence of contrasting qualities for your decorations can make your home confusing if you’re not careful with the use of colors. In this case, light colors, neutrals and white are the ideal choices. These colors make great backdrops for a mix of shabby chic furnishings, as well as easy colors to accent with darker or brighter shades if you want to add more hues.

Repainting the furniture and compartments a glossy color gives the space a sophisticated look. If you want the shabby quality for the furniture, you can always shop in thrift stores and flea markets for vintage things. The best part is not having to spend a lot for buying new furniture.

A trip around the neighborhood on the big trash pickup day may be very rewarding; one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Again discretion is necessary, you don’t want to bring home junk, but if you do find a nice sturdy piece of furniture consider bringing it home and painting it white. If you are a little more skilled you may want to consider distressing the wood by hand.

A quick fix for a shabby chic look is the use of area rugs. Choose those with a light color or a faded look. However, if you want to reflect sophistication in the rugs, go for elaborately-designs or lush fabrics. Oriental rugs may be too pricey but this kind of rug is ideal for the elegant appeal you’re aiming for. An alternative is to buy artificial or replicas of the authentic Oriental rugs.

Painted metal is also another common element seen in shabby chic. Older homes and apartments may offer you an excellent opportunity to do this with metal radiators. Again a word of caution, don’t try to paint the radiators while they are on.

Old things don’t have to go to waste. There’s the wisdom of sorting things and keeping those you feel you might use in the future. Not to mention the beauty of thrift stores and flea markets. Our grandmas are right after all – think twice before throwing away your old things.

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