Like anything, home styles come and go. One year minimalism is in style, the next its industrial warehouse. Have you got the time or money to install a style into your home every time the fashions change? It’s unlikely. And, could you be bothered if you did? If you’re anything like most of us, you want a style that’s going to stand the test of time. Instead of looking at the latest thing, set your sights on something that’s been around longer. The hottest style of recent years has been ‘shabby chic’. Think country cottage meets abandoned building, but in the best possible way. We’re going to take a look at how to achieve the ‘shabby chic’ style in your home. Because, if one thing’s for sure, it’s that this style will be around for a long time to come.
GET THE FEATURES
Start by learning what features could highlight the style. Distressed wooden floors, or wooden beams on the ceiling, would look fantastic. It may be that you need to do a few renovations to get started. Or, you may be able to work with what you already have. The best thing about this style choice is that it’s quite easy to make it work with what you’ve already got going on. Don’t be afraid to take the leap and distress that wooden floor you already have. Or, do you have wooden beams to play around with? Find out what you need to, then get started.
DISTRESSED IS BEST
As you may have guessed by now, distressed is best when it comes to ‘shabby chic’. This goes for furniture, too. When kitting out in your new style, you’ll be spoilt for choice. We weren’t exaggerating when we said this was big business. Furniture stores everywhere have started stocking distressed furniture. Before you rush out and buy an overpriced piece, decide whether you could create the same look for cheap. There’s no need to buy a manufactured ‘shabby chic’ piece when you can achieve the look yourself. Plus, making your own furniture is a sure way to bring fresh ideas into your home. It may be that you can distress some wood furniture you already have, the same as you did with your floor. Or, you could buy cheap second-hand furniture and get to work on that. Once you know what look you’re aiming for, it’s not difficult to achieve.
THINK ORGANIZED CHAOS
Okay, chaos may be a little far. But, remember that the ‘shabby chic’ look relies partly on the country cottage vibe. In keeping with that theme, you want to aim for a slightly cluttered home. When used in the right way, clutter can look fantastic. Look out for trinkets and pictures to hang around your home. Incorporating piles of books can lend itself to the image, too. If you’ve been sticking with a minimalist style, this could be hard to get your head around. But, trust us when we say it’ll come together once you get the hang of it!