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10 June 2022

Your Essential Guide to Shabby Chic Home Decorating

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Dave Hut - Content Editor

One of the most popular design trends of the past few decades is the style known as ‘shabby chic’. Having blossomed during the 80s, shabby chic decorating has never really gone out of fashion. In fact, it’s experiencing a bit of a renaissance in the wake of the pandemic. The various lockdowns and restrictions taught us all the importance of having a cosy and homely abode to feel safe and comfortable in. The shabby chic trend helps to achieve just that – a home that looks timelessly elegant, but also homely and lived-in.  

If you’d love to get this look in your own home, keep reading for our comprehensive room-by-room guide with tips on how to create gorgeous shabby chic interiors.

Shabby chic decorating tips for bedrooms

Creating a stunning shabby chic bedroom is a piece of cake with our selection of expertly crafted wooden bedroom furniture. Among our lovingly made pieces, you’ll find eye-catching wardrobes, bedside tables, dressing tables, and, of course, beds.

To store your clothes in shabby sophistication, why not opt for an elegant freestanding wardrobe? Available in white or champagne hues, these shabby chic wardrobes from our Juliette range boast a vintage, antique-inspired aesthetic. Think gracefully curving silhouettes, cabriole legs and exquisite scroll applique carvings. There’s also a choice of either crystal or metal handles to suit your preference.

For additional storage, you could opt for a shabby chic chest of drawers and a tallboy for smaller items. These items will add timeless splendour to any bedroom, offering a perfect blend of gentle shabbiness and effortless style. One of the great things about shabby chic furniture is that you can leave these pieces exactly as they are or you can accessorise them. This way, you can add some of your own personal flair, mixing and matching styles to create a shabby chic-infused design tailored to you.

The focal point of any bedroom is the bed and we have some show-stoppers for you to choose from at furniture.co.uk. Our Juliette range is the epitome of shabby chic decorating perfection and includes gems such as this white upholstered double bed, inspired by French provincial design.

Skilfully crafted out of solid pine, this bed – and the others in our Juliette range – would make a gorgeous centrepiece for any shabby chic bedroom. Pair the bed of your choice with sumptuous linens and some throw pillows for a regal finish and you’re guaranteed to sleep like royalty.

For more tips on creating your dream shabby chic bedroom, be sure to read our recent post on the subject, packed with helpful suggestions. Alternatively, browse more romantic bedroom ideas to try.

Create a homey and inviting shabby chic kitchen

The kitchen is often described as the heart of the home, providing a warm and inviting backdrop to family meals and parties. When it comes to shabby chic interiors, this design trend works particularly well in the kitchen, lending an extra element of rustic appeal to mealtimes.

If you’d like to transform your own kitchen into a shabby chic haven, we have a wide variety of high-quality wooden furniture to help you achieve your dream look. For instance, why not make every meal a special occasion with the help of a stylish shabby chic white dining table with a retro pedestal base?

Available in a range of colours, each table in the Florence range is as hard-wearing and practical as it is elegant. Capable of seating up to 5 people, our pedestal tables feature a durable hardwood top that is not only naturally antibacterial but has also been treated with an oil guard to make it extra heat and stain-resistant. As for the sturdy base, it has been painted with 3 coats of matte lacquer, so you can easily wipe it clean and it is also very capable of withstanding knocks and scuffs. Alternatively, our truffle and sage green dining tables are great options that ooze country charm.

To meet your kitchen storage needs, you may also want to invest in a shabby chic sideboard. Sideboards are not only highly practical, but they also make wonderful display surfaces for party food, ornaments, family photographs and even house plants. Our sideboards are available in a range of sizes and styles, so you can find the one that best suits your particular requirements for your shabby chic kitchen. You can even change the colour to match your décor with our custom paint service, which you can also use for any of the furnishings in our extensive selection.

If you don’t have that much space to play with, why not opt for a more compact model? Our stylish, small truffle sideboards with 4 wicker-look baskets and two drawers. The baskets can be removed if you want to use the shelves for storage or you can keep them in and use them for storing foodstuffs, napkins and other essential items.

Alternatively, if you have a large roomy kitchen, you may prefer to go for a larger model. Our sideboards with wine rack come complete with space for 10 bottles of your favourite vintages. With an elegant blend of traditional and contemporary design, these sideboards will brighten up any kitchen. Use them to store or display your fine china, go-to cookbooks and other dining essentials.

Transform your lounge into a charming shabby chic living room

Creating a shabby chic living room where you can relax and unwind is simple to achieve with the right furnishings that fit your personal style. To keep things elegant, we’d recommend a neutral colour palette such as white, truffle or cream. You can then accessorise with some pretty floral fabrics, paintings, rugs and cushions.

Opting for simple, sleek and expertly made wooden furniture is a great way to try shabby chic decorating, while at the same guaranteeing that the furnishings you buy are sturdy and durable. For instance, the two-drawer truffle TV units from our Florence range would easily blend in with any shabby chic lounge interiors. Stylish and practical, these units feature an acacia wood top that is naturally antibacterial, while the pine body is robust and resistant to scratches.

In the same range, you will find a selection of eye-catching wooden coffee tables that offer a stylish, modern take on traditional country furnishings. Inspired by French farmhouse décor, our truffle or white coffee tables are practical, long-lasting and appealing to look at. They are also scratch-proof and easy to clean, so you won’t have to worry about spilt cups of coffee and tea – or smudgy little fingers! Two large double drawers provide plenty of storage space and you can use the spacious bottom shelf for displaying your favourite books, magazines and any TV remotes.

On the other hand, if you would prefer more of a Scandinavian-influenced shabby chic look, you may wish to invest in a coffee table from our Edvard Olsen collection. Available in light or golden oak, the tables from this range are finished with matte lacquer, which brings out the natural lustre of the wood, while keeping it well protected from knocks and spills.

Discover an array of lovingly crafted, high-quality shabby chic furniture

Now that you’ve acquired some top tips on how to decorate your home in a shabby chic style, it’s time to find the perfect furniture so your transformation can begin.

Whether you’re in need of a stunning shabby chic bed, a vintage dresser or an elegantly rustic dining table, we’re on hand to help.

Browse our range online or get in touch with a member of our knowledgeable team and we’ll help you make your shabby chic decorating dreams come true.

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