Shabby chic décor and design have been around for decades—and it’s going nowhere. Google shabby chic and pages upon pages of blogs and designers thriving in the shabby chic world will appear.
This style involves simple, fun, and feminine features. Picture white walls, bright natural lighting, antique accent pieces, and pops of delicate pastel colors. Finish with a floral touch, and you have a shabby chic house.
We came up with some décor tips and DIY projects to help get your shabby chic creativity throughout your house.
Shabby Chic Décor Tips
A simple paint job can turn an outdated house into a beautiful, chic masterpiece. Start with the walls. Roll on white paint to brighten up your room and create the backdrop for your shabby chic décor.
Shabby chic feeds off antiques and woods. If your budget allows it, opt for hardwood flooring. But if you need a cheaper option, there are many laminated or vinyl floorings that have a realistic wood finish.
Add a rustic effect to the floor by using whitewashing techniques. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to soften the finish and brighten up the room.
Try to incorporate as much natural light as possible to brighten up space. If you still need more light, wall sconces, hanging cone fixtures, and desk lamps offer extra light and are simple to design.
Strategically place lamps where there are dark corners, or by shelving to showcase artwork. Alternatively, candles can also be little trinkets to put on shelves or as centerpieces. Royal Essence scented candles have a lot of floral scents and design that will complement your shabby chic setup.
This DIY standing lamp has a delicate floral finish to add to your shabby chic room. If you’re looking for hanging light fixture options, these cone pendant lights are simple statement pieces. For wall lamps, here are some inspiration to get you going and ways to hide cable cords.
DIY Shabby Chic Projects
Now that you have your shabby chic backdrop ready, it is time to add some decorations to finish off the look. When adding décor to fit the shabby chic theme, pastel blues, pinks, and yellows, or different shades of white are the perfect color schemes.
Kitchen makeovers do not have to be extensive, or expensive. Remodel your existing cabinets with this DIY project by giving the illusion of taller cabinets. Plus, a coat of white paint fits the shabby chic criteria.
Spice up the pantry with this barn door project. The rustic look of old and weathered wood is perfect for a shabby chic kitchen and will surely be a conversation starter.
Have an old fireplace that needs updating? This DIY step-by-step tutorial will show you how to take your old fireplace and bring out its shabby chic life. The white brick and light wooden mantle offer sophistication and elegance, all in one design.
Add a hint of vintage décor with this DIY chalkboard frame. The pop of color balances the white room while adding a place to show off family portraits.
Since shabby chic is feminine and floral, your room won’t be complete without a floral arrangement. Create your own bucket of flowers with this simple tutorial.
Renovating your home to a shabby chic motif doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Shabby chic is about antiques and upcycling what you already have. Repurpose old furniture, go on a garage sale hunt, and let your shabby chic imagination flow.
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