Shabby chic is a casual look that inspires comfort and is characterized by vintage accessories, pastel colors and comfortable furniture. The style includes materials with floral patterns, furniture pieces painted in bright colors, galleries with wrought iron ornaments and flowers.
Think about visiting your grandparent’s house, filled with comfortable furniture: the big fluffy bed or the chairs. Fresh flowers and perfumed candles complete the decoration. This kind of house, decorated in the shabby chic style, will give you the same feeling in your home.
Shabby chic is not a specific style, but is an elegant combination of old things, sparkling silver accessories, painted wood tables and fluffy carpets.
In the following lines you’ll find some interior design tips and decorating how to for the shabby chic and romantic vintage cottage style home.
Delicate colors, light shades
If you like strong colors, than the shabby chic style is not for you. Use pale white, warm grey, warm pink or light green.
Gather textiles from the entire house or buy some with an old look, to obtain a vintage atmosphere. If you don’t find, you can get by yourself that mat appearance of materials, by coloring them with tea. Test it first on a piece of material, to obtain the desired shade.
Combine colors with patterns
Combine stripes with squares or with floral patterns to create a warm atmosphere. You don’t have to follow the traditional principles of mixing patterns. But use for the background the white or ivory color, then chose a color to use for any material.
Furniture painted in white
Almost any piece of furniture can be integrated in the shabby chic dÃ©cor if it’s painted in white. You will be surprised about can do the white paint from a chair or an old coffee table.
Not all the chairs are made to seat on them. Some are very uncomfortable. But you can transform them in little tables and put them near to the bed along with some flowers. Be creative with the things in your house, especially with those which you can’t find an immediate use for.