Decorating with shabby chic home decor is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to change the look of your home. Many women in particular love this style because of the romantic and charming look and atmosphere it lends to the home.
Antiqued and worn looking furnishings are excellent for decorating in the shabby chic style. Your furniture doesn't actually need to be antique, and you can achieve the look yourself fairly easily. Coffee and end tables can be painted with white or pastel colors, then lightly sanded to give a distressed look to the furniture. Sand edges more heavily so that they look worn.
Some of the accessories used in shabby chic home decor are chandeliers, candle holders, magazine racks and mirrors. These also have the distressed finish, whether wood, wrought iron or metal. These pieces are very elegant looking and add warmth to the room. A delicately patterned pastel vase filled with flowers adds a wonderful touch to this feminine style.
Fabrics to use when decorating with shabby chic can be just about anything, as long as it is light and airy. For your sofa, checked patterns, solids and florals work equally as well, just make sure to keep the colors in the range of white to pastel. Nubby cream colored throw pillows are a beautiful addition, and lace fabrics are also nice. Window treatments should be light colored as well – using pastel sheers or delicate florals keep the light and airy feeling intact.
Plant stands are another accessory that will add elegance to your decor. There are many distressed finished metal plant stands available, from small to large. A few well placed pots of overflowing greenery is absolutely gorgeous when used in shabby chic decor.
As you can see, the options are endless when it comes to decorating your home in shabby chic. This style is perfect for budget minded people who also want a beautiful, charming place to call their own. Start digging around in your basement or attic, put your mind to work gathering ideas and you will soon be on your way to a home you're proud to show off to visitors and guests!