May 09 2011
Shabby chic has long been a favored decorating style, because of the fresh, feminine appeal it offers. If you’ve never considered adding a bit of a French flair, this is a fun and beautiful way to decorate your entire home. The tips and ideas below will help you create a home that incorporates a bit of the history of the past in a room that is romantic and inspiring.
Transform your kitchen in to a French cafe
The great thing about French shabby chic is that the older the accents you use, the more authentic the appeal. In the kitchen, consider a wrought iron cafe table and chairs, either left in their original finish or painted white. Wrought iron is the perfect material for this decorating style; consider a wrought iron chandelier and an old wine rack for the top of the buffet.
Anything with a Parisian theme is perfect for the walls or counter tops. Parisian street scenes and hand-painted sayings on the wall add to the cozy cafe feeling. Consider old tin canisters to hold flour, sugar and other condiments on counter tops. An old wine bottle makes a great vase for fresh flowers straight from the meadow!
The French shabby chic living room is appealing and comfortable
Since the living room is a place where you may entertain visitors, you want it to have a comfortable, welcoming appeal. Nothing says “welcome” better than old-style Parisian decor! Simple accessories work best; consider plain black picture frames for black and white photographs. Create a collage of photos from your own trip to Paris to place upon the wall, or display a coffee table book filled with pictures of the most popular places in Paris.
Take inspiration from poets and actors descending from Paris; display prints of famous actresses such as Catherine Deneuve on the walls, or have small scripts containing beautiful poetry of the French on picture stands.
Furnishings should be overstuffed and designed with floral or large check prints. Colors such as rust, gold and butter yellow are warm and inviting, and contrast with the old-fashioned black and white accents in the room. Coffee tables are plain with a minimum of detail.
The bedroom; a place for romance and relaxation
The French shabby chic bedroom is based on lace fabrics, romantic flowers and innocent white furnishings. Romantic lace curtains adorn the windows, while the bedding is overlaid in lace. Black and white pictures of you and your “special someone” sit atop the nightstand.
Furnishings are white or cream, and have a gently worn appeal. You can accomplish this look yourself by painting over your existing furniture, then lightly sanding in areas where the furniture would naturally wear.
Romantic candles, a shabby chic or wrought iron chandelier, and a lace or black and white canopy above the bed add an intimate touch to the room.
In the bath, use your imagination! You may want to stick to a bold black and white color theme, adding occasional splashes of pink for a whimsical touch. French poodles, a crystal chandelier and French magazines placed in a shabby chic magazine rack complete the fun look, and energize you for a busy day.
The French shabby chic style of decorating is fun and a bit eclectic, perfect for those with a unique sense of style that is all their own. Have fun decorating your Parisian style home!