How to get the Shabby Chic look for your home
1st Nov, 2016
Here at Lovell Homes we love the Shabby Chic look. Even though our homes are brand new, this beautiful and calming home décor style whisks us right away to lazy breakfasts in lived-in French cottages and is really easy to recreate in your own home.
If you love getting creative with a little DIY or have the time to source some custom furniture pieces then follow these top tips we’ve put together and feel free to share your finished Shabby Chic look with us on social media pages.
Top Tips for a Shabby Chic Home
Keep walls calm and steer clear of super-bright colours. Plain white works best with the occasional accent of floral such as in a picture frame. Very pale greys and blues also work well and hanging a vintage mirror in a place where it’ll reflect light back into the room is great for strengthening that light and airy feeling. Top tip: Keep any leftover cuts of floral wallpaper to use in picture frames elsewhere in your house or to decorate the risers of your hallway staircase.
Whether it’s on your walls or on furniture pieces, when you think of using paint, think distressed. The idea is to get the ‘worn’ look which may mean using a sanding technique on corners to make the paint undercoat primer or original wood show through. Farrow & Ball is a popular brand for shabby lovers but most DIY stores offer cheaper alternatives. White and palettes of pastels are at the core of the shabby look.
You can find a huge range of shabby chic furniture on the popular web auction sites, sites such as Etsy (a huge favourite for all things shabby and vintage) and in antique shops. Obviously we wouldn’t recommend covering a Chippendale piece in paint to the then rub it down again so make sure you pick up something already in the shabby style or a piece that’ll lend itself nicely to being reworked.
Dark doesn’t really feature in the Shabby Chic world, it’s all about light, light, light. So open the window dressings, hang light-reflecting mirrors where you can and when looking for light fittings either choose settings with the distressed paint look, paint and sand your existing fittings or opt for glass styles (have a look at our Pinterest board for ideas).
- Window Dressings
Nothing says chic better than shutters! Whether you choose brand new ones or go the DIY route, you can guarantee these statement ways to dress your windows will get friends and family cooing in admiration.
- Shabby Chic Kitchens
Rustic kitchen tables and sanded wooden floors look great in a shabby kitchen. You can probably have the most fun recreating this look in the kitchen as there are so many little things you can incorporate such as, floral tea towels, vintage plates (no matching sets here please!), pastel pots on shelves, mismatched saucepans and gorgeous patterned door knobs for your kitchen cupboards. Pop a distressed water pail on your window sill and fill it with pink and cream roses to complete the look.
- Shabby Chic Bedrooms
With distressed bed knobs and twinkling lights, a shabby bedroom can be a really serene and relaxing place to be. Again opt for pale pastels, whites and accents of florals to maximise the shabby look. Add a soft, fluffy rug on top of exposed floorboards for extra comfort underfoot.
- Shabby Chic Living Rooms
A shabby living room can actually be quite an opulent and luxurious one. Think over-sized mirrors with ornate surrounds and elegant chandeliers. Choose lots of cushions on the sofa for an extra comfy place to site and make them non-matching, mix plain and patterned. Drape a floral throw over a day bed and create a reading nook and use candles and candelabras to decorate fireplaces. Use an old chest for a coffee table.
Why stop at the indoors? Continue your shabby theme into your garden by adding vintage garden furniture which again can be purchased as-is or you can paint and sand it yourself. Adding clocks and mirrors to outdoor spaces will add a shabby look to your garden. Plant pink roses and think about showing them off with a background of sage green on your garden fence. Make a custom plant pot stand out of an old stepladder painted and sanded.
- Have a Shabby Chic Christmas
And finally, if you’re a total shabby convert after implementing all of these fabulous tips, don’t forget to have a Shabby Chic Christmas home too! Festive fairy lights and pastel baubles will look absolutely stunning and don’t be scared to add as much sparkle as your family can handle!
If you’d like even more ideas then head over to our Shabby Chic Ideas Pinterest board for some looks we think you and your home with love.