Shabby chic. With its mixture of old and new, is a style with popularity that shows no signs of waning. Whether you’re looking to incorporate this trend into your own home, or if you’re looking to attract on trend buyers to sell, the below five rules can help you to create a home that always turns heads.
Forget smooth plaster walls – exposed bare brick is making a comeback in modern design. This industrial look compliments shabby chic well. It is a good choice for a feature wall in any room, due to its varying textures and colours. Its flexibility as a design choice means that you’re just as likely to see it in a traditional farmhouse kitchen as well as in a contemporary-styled lounge.
Exposing brickwork is usually a hassle-free process, with a chisel, hammer and plenty of drop sheets the major tools needed. Once you’ve cleared away the plaster, clean the brickwork using a wire brush and a bucket of warm water.
If you’re not happy with the finished look, it’s always worth considering painting the brickwork to match your existing wall colours. This way, you can still achieve a rustic look without completely changing the dynamic of a room.
Mix Up Old & New
Combining modern and traditional styles is one of the easiest ways to create that all-important shabby chic finish. For example, a marble-topped kitchen, always looks best when accompanied with solid-wood breakfast stools. Antique furniture, such as an old rocking chair, stands out more when paired alongside a low-rise leather sofa.
Purchasing these one-off items to add a touch of personality to a room can be expensive. When it comes to more traditional design, it’s always best to purchase second-hand items. A recent report highlighted how 20% of items sold second hand, fall into the homeware and furniture category. That means there’s a great chance to pick up that special item at a discounted rate.
Don’t Forget Finishing Touches
Adding accessories can make the difference between your property feeling like a house or a home. Accessories don’t need to be big. A small cactus or indoor plant, or some heart-shaped ornaments can breathe some life into an otherwise dull room.
Other items that are ideal for achieving that touch of personality required for a shabby-chic look include:
- Decorative lampshades
- Wall hooks
- Coloured bottles
Use Pastel Colours
When you think of the phrase “shabby chic”, images of furniture painted in soft pastel colours often springs to mind. Using baby blues, mint greens and faint yellows in your property’s colour palette is an easy way to create a retro 1950s vibe.
If you don’t like those colours but still want to create a vintage feel, turn to floral or striped fabric instead. When used on a chair or cushion, these types of bold patterns can help create a piece of furniture that ‘pops’.
Wood is an essential element in any shabby chic design. Its natural age and colour instantly create a rustic feel that no other material can match.
Unfortunately, wood is also expensive. If you can’t afford the likes of a solid oak coffee table or flooring, don’t panic, there are several workarounds. Firstly, think about whether you could buy an item second hand and restore it. Wooden furniture can often be given a second lease of life simply through sanding and vanishing.
Secondly, think of cheaper alternatives. A laminated floor styled with a wood like effect, can still create an effective vintage feel.
Finally, don’t be afraid of turning to more affordable materials such as MDF. A painting technique known as “faux bois” can help you create a wood grain look on practically any non-wood surface.