Whether decorating a cottage style home in the suburbs or a cottage in the woods, shabby chic may be just the thing you need to bring your household atmosphere alive. Shabby Chic items are usually vintage or vintage items that have been re-purposed, in colors of white, off-white, pinks, light blue, to name a few. Lace and vintage fabrics play a big role in the Shabby Chic style. From old-fashioned doilies to modern day table cloths and fresh flowers.
The items that are labeled Shabby Chic are in many home stores and there are endless items from which to choose for your cottage home. We offer you 7 Shabby Chic items that are must-haves if you want the Shabby Chic look in your home.
1. An Old Door
Old barn doors are the best Shabby Chic item because they can used for just about any item in the house. Old doors can be table tops for dining room areas, coffee tables, wall decorations dressed with flowers, or simply hung in between rooms like the kitchen and dining areas. The limit is only a lack of imagination.
Old vintage mirrors are great. Often they come from garage sales chipped with old paint. They often look good just the way they are. They have so much character. But you can also paint mirrors and use faux designs around the frames for a bit of your own personality and style.
Flowers are a huge part of the Shabby Chic look. Fresh white and pink flowers are the best, but some really good quality plastic or silk flowers will also do the trick. Place them in the kitchen, dining room, on tables and book shelves.
4. Lace and White Fabrics
Lace and white fabrics are also very Shabby Chic. You can get a great price on fabric remnants that are wonderful to use as throws across the sofas and chairs or to redo furniture that may need a bit of sprucing up. Lace can be placed on dressers, the dining room table, side tables and even in the bedroom to give off a softer feminine feel and look.
5. Old Bottles
Glass bottles are also huge in the Shabby Chic world particularly naturally colored ones like cobalt blue. Depending on their size, they can be used for fresh juices, water, or vases, and even storage for small items like safety pins and nails.
In a Shabby Chic world, pillows are everywhere. White, ivory, pastel, florals, all are wonderful Shabby Chic choices. Use them as throw pillows for the sofas and sitting chairs, in the family room as extra cushions or on a table top to transform it into an ottoman. The bedroom is obviously an amazing place to throw a few extra pillows on your bed for style and comfort.
By Kimm Smith