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Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas

Learn some shabby chic decorating ideas from interior designer Blanche Garcia in this Howcast video.


So shabby chic is a design genre all its own. It's a little country. It's a little traditional. There's a lot of light and white and it's worn. The pieces that generally make up a shabby chic decor are - think farmhouse - mixed with maybe a classic piece. But that the finish has been worn through, you're seeing a lot of its natural wood mixed in with painted over pieces, maybe lots of whites and creams mixed in.

Slip covers are really big in shabby chic, so what's great about that - and it saves you money - is you can take your sofa that you've had for a very long time, you're tired of the color. You're tired of the way it looks. Just get a slip cover, tuck it in really nice, they make some great ones nowadays. Throw on some new pillows in maybe a needlepoint or a floral decor, because that's really big in shabby chic and fantastic. It's there.

Another thing is accessorizing in the shabby chic decor you want, to make sure that you're using like a layering effect. It's kind of like it was there for a very long time, even though you just added it. So instead of one big piece of art, a lot of little pieces, that are different sizes that kind of pull together to make one accent wall.

Different sized lamps, furniture that doesn't really match, maybe an arm chair with a stool next to it. Then maybe you have something that's an all-upholstered chair with stripes, but then next to that you have a tapestry looking chair that has arms and a high headrest, so it's a lot of mixing and matching. It's a lot of floral and needlepoint, slip covers. You want to make it feel effortless, like it was there all along.

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