There was once a time when all girls had a shabby chic bedroom not by design but as a necessity. Moms decorated their teenage girls rooms with furniture and decor that were either pulled out of a trunk or borrowed from other rooms of the home. The idea of buying all new bedding and decorations for a girl who would be married in a few short years would have been crazy!
With young girls putting off marriage until after college or their careers are off the ground, more thought is being put into decorating their rooms. Shabby chic bedrooms are now considered very stylish and parents are spending time and lots of money to pull together the ideal collection of fabric, furnishings to perfect an eclectic mix that used to come about naturally by putting the bed and dresser and a hodgepodge of other items that granny had in her house and didn't know what to do with to work.
Well, there's no longer a need to wonder what to do with that old painted headboard and vanity. Thanks to the shabby chic decorating trend that kicked off in Great Britain back in the day that has caught fire all over the planet in recent years you are more likely to be haggling with your kin over who has the privilege of using the old, wood furniture in your shabby chic bedroom makeover than arguing over who has to pay for storage rental or make room in the garage.
WHAT IS SHABBY CHIC DECOR I like to call it furniture and decorative items with layers of character and history.
What labels a piece of furniture shabby is layers of white or pastel chipped paint that shows area of wear where no efforts to disguise it have been utilized.
Shabby chic chandeliers might reflect the bedroom's color scheme. Another idea is to take a chandelier with clear, crystal prisms and beads and decorate it with garlands of silk roses and bows made of satin ribbon.
Furniture and Decorations Furnishings for a teenage girl's shabby bedroom will take us back to days when lace and ruffles were the very foundation of the decor and white or off-white painted furniture was very popular.
The design of vintage metal beds can be ornate with decorations made of other metals such as polished brass or plain with no embellishments whatsoever.
Often these beds can be found at estate sales, antique stores or flea markets. Of course, the ones that have been in families for generations are priceless beyond their value as collectibles.
What is a girl who would like a girls shabby chic bedroom that has no such family heirlooms to do? Your best bet would be to spend your weekends scouring flea markets, estate and garage sales. The benefits are that you will make friends and pick up lots of shabby chic decorating ideas.
WHAT TO SHOP FOR To avoid wasting time cruising the second hand stores searching for bedding and bedroom decorations, here are some suggestions for cottage style decorative items that you might want to put on your shopping list.
The bedding and window treatments associated with this style are faded, worn linens made of cotton that make excellent shabby chic bedroom decorations. In addition to quilts, coverlets and curtain panels, anything made of old fabrics that wear their stains proudly and display patterns and prints reminiscent of vintage French linens will blend beautifully. Preferred colors are pastels and whites with popular patterns being dainty florals.
Anything made of dainty rose print fabric
Chipped, iron chandeliers and light fixtures that are good candidates for re-wiring.
Chenille bedspreads consider that even if they are "holey" they can be used as "cutters" to make throw pillows and chair cushions
Vintage embroidered bed and table linens. If the fabric is crispy, creamy and monogrammed, grab it. It doesn’t even matter if the initials are not yours.
Some decorators like to use vintage, barkcloth curtain panels in shabby chic bedrooms and others prefer to use lighter fabrics in their window treatments; you be the judge.
This just a guide and you should avoid getting caught up in a list. The goal of shabby chic bedroom decor is an eclectic, relaxed style that is both comfortable and feminine.
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