Are you ready to redecorate but have a limited budget? Do you have beautiful furniture but nothing fits? Do you like antiques, but not a formal decor? So think Shabby Chic, a fun decorating style that solves all these dilemmas and more.
Shabby Chic is one of the most fashionable trends in decoration, and for good reason. It is versatile, easy and inexpensive. Shabby Chic is based on simplicity – simple color themes combined with your favorite furniture and art.
Shabby Chic can be anything you want, and it's a great way to bring your personal style into any room. Most Shabby Chic decors are based on a white on white or beige on beige theme. Soft pastels are often used as accent colors, but with a little creativity, you can add just about any color you want. A classic example of Shabby Chic would be to cover upholstered sofas and chairs with white slipcovers, brush your wooden furniture and hang white ventilated curtains. Then, hang your favorite painting or artwork in the most visible place of the room.
Choose one or two colors in the painting as accent colors, and repeat the colors in the pillows, flowers, covers and candles. Another great feature of Shabby Chic is the worn and well-liked look. This side table that has an interesting shape but has seen better days is perfect for Shabby Chic. Just brush it and put a vase with flowers on top. Better yet, use an old porcelain teapot or your grandmother's favorite vase for flowers. It's the little details that make Shabby Chic work so well.
If you have a tight budget, Shabby Chic is a great choice. Make your own slipcovers with any durable white or beige fabric and cover matching sofas and chairs. Pick up interesting accessories for yard sales and flea markets, and paint them all in the same shade of white. Remove your favorite photos and place them in frames painted in white or in coordinated colors. Throw in some candles, flowers and pillows, and you have a nice shabby chic room.
Shabby Chic is also perfect for showcasing unique furniture. Do you have a beautiful, beloved antique, but nothing else that goes with it? Decorate the room at Shabby Chic and let your antique be the center of attention.
Whatever your style, whatever your budget, whatever furniture you have, there's a Shabby Chic look for you.