Shabby Chic – A Guide to making your Home Stylish

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I love buying new things for my home, and one of the trends that I’ve recently become a fan of is shabby chic. This style is where you integrate vintage-inspired items into your abode and you can buy new items or revamp what you already own.

If you are looking to snap up a new family home in Chelmsford or other areas in Essex and like the idea of decorating your abode in a shabby-chic style, below are some ideas I’ve put together to help you do so.

Distressed wooden furniture

Wooden furniture that is painted white and looks distressed is one of the best ways you can transform your home into a shabby-chic heaven. If you want to go for a country kitchen look, the best way to incorporate this theme is to purchase a large dresser on which you can display your best teacups and sauces, as well as any other bits and bobs you’d like to show off.

In a bedroom, a shabby-chic dressing table will add glamour to the space in an instant and is a fantastic way to store your beauty items to cut down on clutter. A large white wardrobe would also be a focal point and continue the vintage-inspired theme.

Of course, we can’t all afford to purchase everything new, so if you already have pine furniture, for example, paint it white and sand it down a little once dry. To get an authentic look, you can sand more vigorously in some places than others in order for the wood to show through a bit.

A country cottage kitchen

I love the thought of having a country kitchen, and there are plenty of ways you can achieve this without having to splash out on a new sideboard. There’s the option of giving your kitchen cupboards a lick of paint, with light greys and whites the best shades to choose.

You can also add accessories to achieve the shabby-chic look on a budget. Hang some wicker hearts from your unit handles for a cute touch, while a blackboard makes for a simple but effective noticeboard.

Red works really well in a country cottage kitchen and really pops out against the neutral backdrop. Polka dot and floral china, egg cups, tea towels and cake stands all work well with this type of style and can really pull the look together.


As I’ve mentioned, small accessories might be all it takes to transform your property. White wooden and floral picture frames dotted throughout your rooms will add a pretty touch, as will freestanding letters that spell out the word ‘home’. I think these look really effective and make a room feel cosy, but if you’re short on surface space, you can find a plaque to hang on the wall instead.

Accessories are also fantastic to update your current furniture if you currently don’t have the time or money to buy new items or to paint them white. A dressing table can be revamped with the addition of crystal or glass-style knobs and handles, while antique-looking beauty bottles will add a glamorous touch.

If you need some inspiration for your child’s bedroom, the addition of bunting will look brilliant, whether homemade or shop-bought. Pinks and blues work the best with bunting as these add to the vintage shabby-chic palette, and you can drape it along a window or above their bed.

Do you have any home décor tips? Leave your shabby-chic suggestions below.

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  1. January 4, 2013 / 8:53 am

    Love, love, love!! If I lived in an old house, in the country I would so go down this road….love it!!

  2. September 3, 2013 / 3:19 pm

    Loved the post. I agree with the comments on red working really well – you could also add some cup cake themed accessories in there too! I just LOVE shabby chic 😀 Gill.

  3. Alex sheen
    October 8, 2013 / 1:23 pm

    Every one has a dream of their own house. A ‘Dream House’, which should imitate your taste and feelings for that house. Well! Well, it should be stylish also. I read your post, it is commendable, most of all it is within budget. I am sure it will be really helpful for those who are looking for better option for designing and decorating their dream house..Good job done.

  4. Cara Knight
    February 16, 2014 / 6:36 pm

    Its amazing how a distressed look to a chest of draws or a cabinet/wardrobe can transform its look into someting amazing.

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