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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

[Guest Post] Top Shabby Chic Interior Design Tips

About the Author: Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, wellness and interior design. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym or playing with her Australian Shepard.
Top Shabby Chic Interior Design Tips

For those who want to create a cozy and comfortable space in their home, designing with shabby chic decor is one of the most popular styles available. Between rustic furniture to decorative chandeliers, there are many ways to design each room of the home to complement one another and look balanced. For those looking for a few pointers, there are practical tips to incorporate to make for a space that feels like home.

Use Slipcovers for Chairs
Using slipcovers on chairs allows them to incorporate the general theme of the room for fabric that can be interchanged and will also work to keep the chairs clean. Use frills, floral details, and off-white fabrics for a great way of dressing up a shabby chic dining table. Mismatched chairs can also be used around the table for a great look that is eclectic.

Add Cloth Napkins
For the table setting, few things work to incorporate antique details as well as cloth napkins that are made from faded or antique fabrics. Don't be afraid to mismatch the linens or soak them in tea for a more old fashioned look. Allow the linens to complement the table setting, which can be used from the same type of fabric or from a modern type of lace.

Define the Bedroom Style

It's important to define the overall style of each room instead of sticking to floral prints and blush shades throughout the home. Experiment by mixing brighter whites with aged whites or try incorporating accent colors that include sage greens, blues, and browns. Freely mix different antique prints to develop the overall style for details that have gracefully aged instead of looking too old.

For the bed, consider adding more drama with upholstered or iron headboard that works as a focal point in the room. You can also use refurbished wood to make your own headboard for a rustic touch with the decor.

Mix Furniture Pieces
Shabby chic is a style that is anything but symmetrical and overly coordinating. Instead of trying to match your coffee table to your TV stand, opt for using different pieces that each have their own character and design. Shop at flea markets and consignment stores or cozy side tables, which will work well with an antique console or armoire. You can also use unconventional items to make the furniture yourself, which includes an old barn door for a dining table or old wood theatre seats for extra seating options.

Paint the Fireplace
A fireplace that is modern or is built with red bricks can stand out like a sore thumb next to shabby chic decor. Allow the feature to blend in by applying a fresh coat of paint. Opt for a few coats of white or ivory paint, which should work within the overall color scheme comfortably. To kick a brick fireplace up a notch without completely covering it up, try whitewashing the brick, which will enhance the style and cover any smoke stains that are present. A translucent wash of color can be applied by brushing the paint on and damping it off with a dry rag. Incorporate a bit of variation by allowing certain parts to look messy.

Add Extra Finishes in the Bathroom

The vanity in any bathroom is one of the main objects that can date the bathroom. Allow it to look shabby chic with a crackle finish that is applied to the wood. It will cause the wood to appear weathered and outdated without having to replace the entire item. The paint will only stick if the varnish is properly removed with sandpaper.

Peel and stick vinyl tile can also be used on the flooring for an affordable way of allowing the vanity to match the floor. The light fixtures, knobs, and hardware should also be replaced to match well with the recent upgrades.

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