Bringing the Shabby Chic Charm to Your Bedroom

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Popular in the past decade and still going strong today, the Shabby Chic aesthetic strikes a balance between rustic, the lived-in, and the aesthetically consistent. The flourishes that truly make Shabby Chic pop make this an ideal style to decorate a bedroom.

Having become relatively popular in recent years, the Shabby Chic look has a harmonious vibe that’s at once unified yet freeform. It can be as vintage or contemporary as possible, yet still maintains the lived-in charm. While seemingly dishevelled, it is not without its sense of aesthetic unity and appeal. People also enjoy the freedom offered by this aesthetic choice. When applied to a bedroom, shabby chic provides a union of disparate elements that speak about the occupants and their personalities while still looking artful.

At the core of the Shabby Chic aesthetic is the delicate yet intricate balance between relaxed and coordinated. Achieving this look can be daunting for newcomers who want to hit that sweet spot between relaxed and purposeful, but it can be done. Careful attention of each of the pieces must be selected to achieve this look in a bedroom.

Backdrops and Palettes

The traditional colour palette of Shabby Chic interiors includes white and pastels, which gives the space a bright yet subdued scene that doesn’t overwhelm the senses. Whites and other neutral bright colours provide a background that matches anything placed in it. Furniture pieces can, likewise, be coloured off-white—in cream, ecru, and beige—to continue the effect.

Accent colours are where the aesthetic shines. Muted pastels create emphasis and add flourishes without causing a sharp colour clash. Some hues, such as gold, can create visually exciting accents to furniture that add layers to the room’s overall look. Dark accents, when carefully selected, can also work wonderfully in the

Big Pieces

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Part of what defines shabby chic is the furniture. Shabby Chic tends to choose furniture pieces that have a classic look with a particular preference for repurposed and recovered furniture. Using reclaimed second-hand furniture gives the aesthetic its unique vintage appeal.

Combining vintage appeal with rustic construction, metal beds are an excellent feature to add to the shabby chic bedroom. Metal can be curved and shaped in many ways—something that many early furniture makers have taken advantage of. A rustic-looking metal bed frame will look lovely complementing the lived-in old-timey charm of a shabby chic aesthetic. Metal-framed beds lean on the heavy side, so they must be placed carefully.

Shabby Chic is all about looking lived in without losing the charm. A second-hand vintage furniture piece—be it a nightstand or a dresser—shouldn’t look too restored when added to the bedroom. Furniture pieces should be left to look a little distressed, giving them the appearance of having been lived in for quite some time.

Clutter Versus the Clean Look

In the past, Shabby Chic aesthetics favoured the traditional feminine flourishes of drapes and pillows, which created a look that was charming and vintage. Today, the aesthetic revival of Shabby Chic is more open to modern angular flourishes that forego the fuss of fringes, ruffles and throw pillows. Either style can work brilliantly in a bedroom.

At its core, Shabby Chic embraces uniqueness; cookie-cutter solutions are sidestepped in favour of visually exciting pieces made from found or repurposed objects. Whether the old trappings are retained, the most critical aspect of this aesthetic—the mixing and matching of decors such as found objects and visually appealing accents—should be alive and well. Each Shabby Chic bedroom is unique, and the use of eclectic accents is the key to make the bedroom truly personal.

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