Kitchens decorated in the shabby chic style is now one of the most popular kitchen decorating styles, especially on properties in the country. This is definitely not a new style of decorating, because it originated in the twentieth century, shortly after World War II, when people wanted to create a charming way of decorating homes with little money to spare. The essential element that conjures up the shabby chic look is a timeless elegance where furniture does not have to match, just so long as all your pieces have an inviting, slightly worn look, and are closely related in colour or tone. True shabby chic in your kitchen should reflect the grace and beauty of a bygone era, when life was simpler and altogether more natural.
Kitchens decorated in shabby chic are known for the comfort and style of old-world style. The décor, which is normally based around white, off-white or very pale unobtrusive colours such as soft greens, pale blues, pale yellows or muted beiges, should look effortless and completely uncontrived.
Look around at your kitchen the way it looks now, and note the paint colors on the walls, cabinets, and trims. Look also at the size of the room and see if there is enough space to add extra pieces of furniture or shelves on the walls. If you don’t have the space, start thinking about how you can change the area to give it a worn and shabby feel to it. Newly painted walls and certain paint effects on furniture, along with the right accent pieces will help change the whole look your kitchen.
In the main most kitchen walls are best painted in plain or lightly toned white to maximise the amount of light, however for something a little more unusual you could also try painting your walls in a pattern of wide pastel and white stripes. If however you prefer wallpaper, to make your kitchen appear more homely, it is best to choose a muted floral pattern, especially roses or tiny bunches of daisies or forget-me-nots. You should remember that if your kitchen doesn’t have proper ventilation, stick with paint because wallpaper will have a sticky greasy film all over it from cooking fumes.
If you have tacky flooring that doesn’t look vintage or shabby at all, it will need to be changed. Of course, this can become pretty expensive so if you don’t have that kind of cash, try to cover your floors up with pastel rugs and mats.
Plain wooden floorboards can be given a new lease of life by being sanded and varnished to prevent splinters in bare feet! They can also be stained in a ‘natural’ wood colour but be careful that you don’t go too dark and make you kitchen feel grim and gloomy. You could also paint stencils onto the wooden floor, as long as it goes ties in with the overall shabby chic theme. A unique design on the wood floors could be a great accent to other unique pieces such as a Rooster clock or cutting board and rooster stencils on the floors.
Paint also works well on furniture and cabinets in the kitchen, distressed to look shabby, and stencils could go on these as well. If you are not sure how to go about the distressing process simply dial up ‘How To Paint Shabby Chic Furniture’ on the internet and you will find plenty of information and even videos on Youtube.com that cover the subject in depth.