Get the look: Shabby Chic

Want to turn your house into a home? Give your rooms a shabby chic makeover!

The shabby chic look is all about individuality, breathing new life into antiques or items that have seen better days. You’ll need to fully embrace white walls, feminine florals, lace, polka dots and pastel accents to get the look completely right.

Furniture

Every shabby chic room needs at least one statement piece of furniture, whether it’s a dresser, writing cabinet or chaise longue. You should keep your eyes peeled on eBay, selling sites or head to your local antiques market to see if you can pick up a hidden gem. Restoring it yourself will allow you to custom it to your exact specifications but if this sounds like too much hard work, you could buy a piece that’s already been restored.

Fabrics

Floral patchwork curtains, throws and cushions are a great way of adding colour to your white walls. The Cheshire Marbury curtains in sage and green look like they belong in a bygone era and are ideal if you want an understated look. They’ll frame your windows perfectly, especially if you team them with Finesse Teal beaded tassel tie backs. If you’d prefer something bolder, Viva Boheme curtains with their art deco print in green, pink and purple might tick all your boxes. They’ll need to be teamed with statement tie backs, like the rope style Virage Fuchsia or the tassel style Marrakesh Sapphire and if you want to go all out, why not consider having distressed wooden shutters too?

shabby chic curtains and accessories

If you’re handy with a sewing machine you could hunt out similar fabrics to your curtains and make your own cushions and bunting to brighten up your sofas and walls.

Flooring

Natural is the way to go, so think about ditching your carpets and having white washed floorboards instead. You can always have a white or cream rug to make your room feel cosier during the winter months.

Finishing touches

Less is more when it comes to shabby chic, so get rid of clutter that can’t be hidden. Your antique trinkets and accessories need to fit with your room’s overall look, so why not display them on a worn, wooden shelf or on top of some vintage floral print hat boxes? Vases of pink roses (real or artificial) and mismatched mirrored photo frames can help make your room feel more romantic and an antique chandelier will add drama. Charmed by this beautiful retro style? Follow the links for more shabby chic inspired curtains, curtain poles and accessories.

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