12 – Upcycled Shabby Chic Ladder
Don’t throw that old ladder out. Well, it if’s metal you can, but if it’s a wooden one, you might want to consider giving it a new lease of life. A touch of dark wood stain and the introduction of some wooden panels as shelves, and what do you have? A great place to keep bathroom essentials, or just your towels of course. You could even consider doing the same with an old metal ladder, but you’ll want to look at spray paints – perhaps in white or light, pastel shades?
13 – Shabby Chic + Pastels
Your base shades should always be very neutral shades – the lightest of pastel pops, for example, or even beige and whites. Think more crisp, clean shades and you’ve got about the right idea. This means that shabby chic is a great home design choice when you live in a rental apartment that might have all-white walls and no way for you to decorate them. Other shades to mix in include pastel pinks, greens and blues, and even silvery grey and peach shades if you want. There’s so many ways that you could customise it, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with.
14 – Fabulous Flowers
Flowers are a really smart way to add some shabby chic fabulousness into your home. If you have space in your own back yard, you should definitely plant a few easy-to-grow flowers. They’d you’ll have an almost constant supply of fresh flowers to decorate your home with. The scent will be beautiful, they’ll look stunning, and everyone will say so. We’re telling you flowers are the way forward. (Here’s hoping you don’t get hay fever!)
15 – Shabby Candlesticks
How many old, out of date candlesticks have you thrown out over the years? We must have thrown hundreds out when we’ve helped our grandparents move or whatever, and no we we’re kicking ourselves for having gotten rid of them. A can of spray paint will instantly revamp them so that hey match your new shabby chic interior design ideas. How about using candles, and old candlesticks, to create a stunning display in a no longer used fire space?
16 – Mirror Image
We’ve spoken about mirrors a lot, and there’s a good reason for that too. They hold so much power – they can make a small room look bigger, a dark room look brighter, and it give some you something to selfie in before you walk out of the door in your fabulous new outfit. If you have an old mirror that no longer matches your new home design choices, once again, don’t be so quick to throw it away. If the colour is wrong, you can change it with paint, and you can even look at adding different textures or finishes too. Look up mirror upcycle projects. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
17 – White Shabby Chic Trunk
We’ve now lusting after an old trunk like the white one you can see here for a long time, and as well as giving you more flat space to hold ornaments and other displays, it also gives you storage. You can hide stuff in it when people come to visit! Not only that, it doubles up as another “seat” if required. We do so adore multi-functional pieces of furniture.
18 – Shabby Chic Upcycling
One of the best things about going for a shabby chic style home is that you can often redecorate your home for a fraction of the price. Using older, vintage, upcycled pieces is key, and you’ll often find giving an old item – piece of furniture, for example – a lick of fresh paint will often have a much bigger impact than you first may have thought. That chest of drawers that has been used as a nightstand here could easily be an older piece that your grandmother had stashed away in her attic. Sand it down, paint it up, and finish it all off with varnish or wax, and you have yourself a brand new shabby chic piece that won’t have cost you the earth.
19 – Shabby Chic Violin
While we’re on the subject of giving something a new lease of life, what do you think about this shabby chic violin idea? If you love the shabby chic style AND you love music, this is great way to combine the two. Even if you don’t like music that much, not really paying attention to the lyrics and the melodies when you listen, you can still appreciate this beautiful item. If you see an old musical instrument lying around, you know what to do. Nab it!
20 – Baskets
There are a number of reasons why you should have an abundance of baskets in your home. Firstly, they’re great for storing kids toys, towels, toiletries, feminine products, etc. Secondly, they can be created from baskets, left neutral or spray-painted, or even out of decorated / covered shoe boxes. Thirdly, when you change up your home you can just throw them away, repaint them again and give them a few more months, or even years, of life. It’s amazing how many items can be completely transformed with the help of a few arts and crafts projects!
21 – Shabby Chic Second Hand
The term “shabby chic” has been around for around twenty years of more, and it’s quite an eclectic style, mixing beautiful florals with light pastel shades, and all manner of things picked up over the years. We’ve definitely found more than a few cute and chintzy items when doing the rounds at boot fairs and vintage / second hand / thrift stores. They’re worth a look in, especially if you like old crockery. We’ve come across the cutest tea sets in so many of the stores we’ve looked in!
Do you feel shabby chic inspired now? Are you feeling the urge to decorate everything with these shabby chic interior design ideas? We hope we’ve given you enough styles to come up with something for your next redecoration project, but obviously we want to see what you come up with. If you’re proud of your decorating and interior design skills, show us. We’d love to feature you!