Shabby chic accessories can transform any home into an ornate but simple, casual but elegant, beautiful but cosy, warm and inviting environment. To get the desired look think floral fabrics and combinations of stripes and checks in soft delicate colours. It often works well to try to have a repeating colour theme in every fabric, this could be an off-white colour, a muted green, soft blue, faded grey or even pastel pink. These type of accessories do not have to be expensive, creating the look with the right accessories will enable you to achieve cheap shabby chic perfection.
If you are willing to invest some time hunting for treasures, you will be surprised where you could find beautiful shabby chic accessories. You could start close to home, look in your loft, cellar or garage, or that of your mother or grandmother. Alternatively you could try markets or boot sales, or even charity shops or antique fairs. Worn rugs and vintage bedspreads or quilts will work well, and interesting vases or old trunks will also fit in wonderfully in your home. Old Chintzy curtains and huge comfy cushions, will add to the cosiness and romance as will decorative candle holders, lanterns, chandeliers, candles, and sconces.
For those of you that do not have the time or the inclination to search through lofts, cellars, garages and market stalls, it is now easy to find places that sell shabby chic accessories that have been made to recreate that old, worn, distressed look.
Below are three great examples of cheap shabby chic accessories for less than 25 Pounds.
One easy way of adding this style to your home is with photo frames. There are a wonderful variety of frames available that feature some aspect of the genre, such as beautiful white wooden antique style photo frames or Rococo style frames with a distressed paint finish. This type of photo frame will look great hanging in any room of the house, or you could buy two or more to arrange on the mantelpiece.
Nothing says shabby chic, like a French style clock. Huge French station clocks are a particular favourite amongst shabby followers, but with the larger size tends to come the larger price tag. It is just as easy to get your hands on a cheap mantle clock that you can nestle in amongst those beautiful photo frames. Again you can get these in a variety of styles and white wooden, rose adorned pieces with a delicate face and ornate hands will set off your preferred style to perfection.
Vintage Style Signs
Another of the must have shabby chic accessories is the vintage style sign. Strategically placed around the house, these enhance your sought after look and can be informative such as “Gone to the Beach”, inspirational such as “Live Every Moment – Laugh Every Day – Love Beyond Words” or just a simple statement such as “Love”. These kind of signs look great when they are made from reclaimed, weathered wood that is painted and gently distressed. Whatever you want to say you can create a stylish cheap shabby chic way to say it.
Your journey will no doubt evolve as you become more confident, and you can experiment, try things out and most importantly have fun. Ignore the usual decorating boundaries, find things that you love and make them work for you. It is often said that it is the little things that transform a house into a home and these accessories will transform your home into a romantic, elegant, cosy environment for you and your friends and family to enjoy.