Shabby Chic Bedroom Furniture
Achieving the shabby chic look
Shabby chic bedroom furniture creates a feeling of relaxed, rustic elegance. Whoever said that "everyone wants to live in the countryside, in the past" provided the perfect explanation for the appeal of shabby chic. Shabby chic blurs the boundaries between indoors and outdoors as well as bringing old-fashioned styles bang up to date. Think about drinking home-made lemonade on the lawn while wearing a vintage chic dress and you've got the idea.
Shabby chic is a look that's very easy to live with. It's all about time-worn color, mixing patterns, faded fabrics and distressed furniture. That means you don't have to buy brand-new furniture or worry about keeping your house pristine. Think of it as the interior design equivalent of bohemian clothing; a little untidiness just adds to the overall effect.
Shabby chic bedroom furniture should be in one of the look's signature colors: either white or a pastel shade. White is a key component of shabby chic, as it helps to bring out subtle shades. It also helps to create a light and airy feel for the room. If you're customizing your own bedroom furniture, there are a few things to do before you get out the paint pot. Think about what happens if you apply fake tan without exfoliating and moisturizing first - you end up with uneven color that's very tricky to remove. The same principle applies to wooden furniture. First you need to do some sanding; start with very coarse sandpaper and move on to finer-grained sandpaper when you've dealt with the really rough parts. Then you need to use a wood conditioner. This blocks the pores of soft woods and stops them soaking up too much color. You should be able to start painting within half an hour of putting on the conditioner, but check the label for instructions. Then it's time to get out the paint pot.
Shabby chic bedroom furniture varies in type and style - it could be anything from a country-cottage brass bed to a pine sideboard in a pale blue wash. You could even bring the garden theme into your bedroom with a white wrought-iron table or a wooden trellis in soft green. The key to the look is layering, so don't be afraid to match floral with stripes or colored spots with plaids in your bed-coverings. However, you might instead choose to make your bed into an oasis of white linen, and save the patterning for elsewhere in the room. Don't be afraid to mix textures as well as patterns; velvet with chiffon, or tweed with silk. Accessories work well too; scour charity shops for vintage items such as floral-patterned washbowls and iron picture frames.