What is Shabby Chic decor?

by megan
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Looking for a little romance in your home decor? Shabby Chic is the style for you. If you’re looking to find out all about adding shabby chic decorations to your home, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s break it down:

What is Shabby Chic?

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll French provincial. Imagine stumbling into an old abandoned farmhouse and stealing all of the furniture. Paint is usually scarce, and may sometime have a distressed or crackled appearance, similar to rustic decor. Minimal color palettes, and pops of color are usually pinks or “happy” hues, but are used sparingly.

Color Palettes:

The color profile for shabby chic decor is usually white with muted pastels. Here are a few colors that fit the bill.

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Key Features of Shabby Chic Decor:

Shabby chic decor was originally created by Rachel Ashwell (who has an AMAZING store in NYC). Repurposed objects, floral accessories, and old Victorian styles mixed with cottage flair are the staples of this home decor epsecially in shabby chic bedrooms. The color palette is muted, and heavy on whites and pastels.

Floors are usually left bare, or painted in a muted tone and walls are painted in eggshell or matte finishes, or using wood where possible

Things to Keep in Mind for Incorporation Shabby Chic Decorations:

This is a very feminine home decor style, so creating a Shabby chic bedroom full of light colors and distressed pink paint is probably not for the more masculine sensibilities. While shabby chic furniture is readily available to purchase, this style is heavy on the DIY, so if you’re handy then you can save a ton of money doing it yourself.

Tools You’ll Need for Shabby Chic Decor DIY Projects:

  • Sand Paper or a Power Sander – For getting off the lacquer or sheen on wood floors, cabinets, and furniture
  • White Paint – lots and lots of white paint
  • Miter saws – If you’re going to build your own furniture or remodel a thrift store find, a basic miter saw is your best bet for getting started. Later on you can upgrade to a compound miter saw, which is AMAZING.

A Few Favorite Shabby Chic Decor Examples:

an open room with a shabby chic style decor
Open concept kitchen with farmhouse sink and green subway tile
Cottage Fence

Get Started with These Shabby Chic Decor Accessories:

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Similar Styles: Rustic  | French Country

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harley May 18, 2020 - 12:07 pm

where is the credit for these photos you stole and put on your site?

megan May 18, 2020 - 2:16 pm

um, they’re linked with each image?


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