Shabby chic furniture
Shabby chic is a style of interior design where items have an old or distressed look. The items may be old furniture with signs of wear, or modern furniture that has been deliberately distressed to give it an antique look.
The style originates from Great Britain, where the term ‘shabby chic’ was first coined during the early 1980s. It became popular in the United States during the 1990s.
An advantage of using shabby chic furniture is that it doesn’t have to involve spending a lot of money. Second hand furniture can be purchased from antique shops, flea markets and car boot sales, and refurbished to give it the shabby chic look.
Wooden furniture can be cleaned and sanded to give it the required worn appearance. It can also be painted to give it some more colour. Popular colours in shabby chic include blues, greens, purples and reds. Sometimes, several layers of paint are used. This gives the item the appearance of a vintage piece that has been painted repeatedly over the years.
Soft furnishings, such as vintage linens, can also be used in shabby chic décor. Tablecloths, bedspreads and rugs with a worn appearance can complement the style. Lace is also popular in shabby chic. If you can’t find any vintage fabrics that are suitable, you can buy new items fairly cheaply and stain them with tea to give them a vintage look.
Accessories can be picked up easily and inexpensively at car boot sales. Items such as lamps, china and ornaments can highlight the shabby chic style.
A benefit of buying second hand items to refurbish is that your items will be unique. It is also a good option for those who are on a budget.
If you don’t have the time or inclination to search for suitable second hand items to refurbish, you can also buy new or second hand items that have already been decorated in a shabby chic style. Everything from furniture to accessories can be found, both at major department stores and small, independent business that specialise in vintage furnishings.
Shabby chic is an ideal style for those who want to give their home a cosy, vintage feel.