Shabby chic is definitely not a brand new style, but it has become a very in-demand style recently. To create a kitchen in the style of shabby chic, you need to focus on the basics first: the walls and the floors, including shelving.
Walls are generally best painted in white or off-white to maximise the amount of light. You could even try painting a pattern of wide pastel and white stripes. If wallpaper is more to your taste, a muted floral pattern will work best.
Floor boards should be plain wood or painted white, or as an alternative you could make use of rustic tiles. If changing the floors is not in the budget, choose lots of kitchen rugs and mats that are pastel or muted floral prints.
The right choice of shabby chic shelves will also help you create your perfect shabby chic kitchen. For those of you with a creative streak you could make your own shelves. There are a couple of ways that you could approach it, the easiest option is to find old shelves that you like the style of but not the colour. Mix white emulsion with water, half and half for a light coverage and a third of water to two thirds of paint for a heavier coverage. Paint the shelves and leave to dry for 24 hours, then use sandpaper to sand down areas to help create a shabby chic look.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you could make your shelves from scratch. We have seen an example of some amazing shabby chic shelves, made out of cotton reels and old pottery boards. To do this, all you have to do is, glue together some wooden cotton reels to use as supports for the shelves, and then paint and sand them, and use any kind of distressed looking boards as the shelves. For most people creating your own shelves and furniture may seems like too daunting a task, and luckily now there are many items on the market that are created to capture the distressed, worn look.
Try to imagine classic, timeless decor and use big pieces of furniture that has years of quality left in them. Pay particular attention to any hardware on the furniture, you should aim to have glass or vintage ceramic knobs which will look more authentic. The thing to remember is to focus on pieces that have the warm and cozy feeling that shabby chic has.
Once you have the bigger pieces of furniture, you will need to decide on your shabby chic shelves. The shelving doesn’t need to match the furniture, it just needs to all be in the same color scheme, mostly light colored pastels. You also need to choose the items that you place on them with great care to make sure that you truly capture the correct style. Focus on the textures and colors of the items that you place on the shelves. Use your grandmother’s old cookbooks, black and white photos in frames, and silver Victorian tea sets. Have fun and mix items together on your shabby chic shelves to create a great look, whilst making it seem like an effortless arrangement.
Try and be understated, you do not need to have every single item distressed, miss-matched or floral. Make it uniquely yours so that your personality is shown all throughout your shabby chic kitchen.