A shabby chic style interior can be created in various ways: by purchasing new items, by collecting upcycled furniture or antique shopping for vintage pre-loved items.
In this piece, we will look at all three methods of creating this style. In all cases the look is romantic, pretty, feminine and nostalgic.
Arrangements of pretty flowers, especially romantic roses or peonies are key – fresh blooms or faux – preferably arranged in jugs or bottles.
Enamel jugs are particularly trending at the moment. Collections of bowls, jugs, tea cups, candles in cups or votives, angel wings, mercurised silver ornaments, nostalgic tins and decorative frames all contribute to the look and enhance the style.
Vintage finds from antique shops, charity stores or country brocantes are an invaluable addition. Other accessories such as chicken wire baskets, wicker baskets and illustrated boxes all personalise your style.
Modern shabby chic ceramic designers who are currently trending are:
Jane Hogben | janehogbenterracotta.co.uk
Emma Bridgewater | emmabridgewater.co.uk
Cath Kidston | cathkidston.co.uk
Susie Watson | susiewatsondesigns.co.uk
And do take a look at the Danish company: Greengate | greengate.dk.
For more unusual and unique finds, why not visit Etsy – then you’ll also be supporting independent businesses too! etsy.com.
Pretty floral fabric and lace soften window dressings, bedding and cushions. Floral lampshades and wallpapers are an essential element to carry through the style which can be used in any room of your home.
Plain coloured throws can be used to cover existing sofas if the upholstery is not suitable for this style. Old-fashioned hand-embroidered cushions and tablecloths are very much part of shabby chic decor, together with pretty linens and bunting. Crafters are using linen and cotton fabric by Lecien, Tilda and Robert Kaufman to make cushions, lampshades and hearts filled with lavender.
Cabbages and Roses is a quintessentially British company which provides everything you would need to complete a shabby chic home. Please check out their website for ideas or purchases: cabbagesandroses.com.
The queen of shabby chic is Rachel Ashwell and she has published many books on the subject: shabbychic.com.
Pastel colours are the basis of the look, although plain white can also be used. Colours such as blush pink, pale mint, cream, duck egg, peach and baby blue are ideal. A colour palette of no more than three shades using a choice of pastels should be used – and lots of white!
New furniture or upcycled items can be painted in chalk paint. Manufacturers such as Annie Sloan provide a vast array of colours: anniesloan.com. Shelves full of collectibles look pretty painted in chalk paint.
My personal preference is modern shabby chic to create a home which is comfortable and filled with new items replicated from vintage and antique pieces.
All images sourced from Pinterest.