Nine Tips for Decorating Shabby Chic Design

You've probably heard the term "shabby chic" and you may even know what it is but did you know where it came from?  Shabby Chic was coined by Rachel Ashwell in the late 1980s.  Simply put shabby chic is a comfortable, casual style of decorating that uses vintage accessories, pastels, and comfortable furniture.  I have put listed nine tips for creating a shabby chic space.  Enjoy!

1. Mix and Match colors and finishes.  I've always loved this bedroom.  Notice how they mixed wrought iron with painted furniture. Comfortable, but not too shabby!

2. Slipcovers - lots of slipcovers - very comfortable and lived in look.

3. Mix Wrought Iron with well worn finishes - Looks inviting like a Bed and Breakfast.
4. Use creamy whites for a clean, fresh look - No need to worry about the kids; if the sofas get dirty, just wash the slipcovers..
5. Add Ruffles and Layers - The picture below is from my friend Betty.  She just redid her bedroom in the shabby chic style.  Isn't it beautiful?  She bought the comforter from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and the Euro Shams and dust ruffle from Ebay.  Betty proves that you don't have to buy "matchy-matchy."  Always be on the lookout for good deals and don't be afraid to put things together on your own. 
6. Use Tea Stained Fabrics - anything can be made to look old with tea.
7. Feminine Furniture - Embrace those curves and add grandma's doilies!
8. Vintage Accessories - Have fun with these.
9. The Unusual - Be eclectic!
The nice thing about shabby chic is you can be as vintage and worn as you want.  Add just a little for an eclectic look.  The goal is to be casual and comfortable.  If you like the look, make it your own.
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