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How to Create a Shabby Chic Bathroom Style
The shabby chic decor theme refers to a popular decorating style that really didn’t start off as a style until about 20 years ago when the term was first coined and when it became fashionable to join the shabby chic die-hards bandwagon.
The style embraces the look of aged or well-worn shabby-looking furniture and furnishings, wood showing layers of paint, washed-out prints, faded textiles, pastels, and distressed finishes.
More like a country style look, shabby chic can be described as a timeless eclectic theme with a modest, unobtrusive effect that must not be confused with an antique or vintage look.
You can create a shabby décor theme with discarded furniture that can be upcycled, old décor objects, and other reusable interiors materials, including antique and vintage furnishings, and cheap furniture pieces or sets you can buy from the stores.
This makes the shabby décor theme one of the most affordable ways to enhance or upgrade a room by creating and putting together stylish products of higher quality and better value from their original worn states.
How to Create a Shabby Chic Bathroom
If you want to upgrade a bathroom on a shoestring budget without compromising on quality and style; if you desire a timeless classic chic that gives a warm relaxed feel, take the shabby chic style into your bathroom.
There are quick and simple ways to achieve the style and the time you need to spend to carry out the task may be as short as a few hours to a couple of days, and you probably won’t need more than a couple of tins of matt paint, a scraper, and a small paintbrush. However, this depends on the size of the room and the extent of works your upgrade will involve.
- Bathroom cabinets, shelves, and other existing bathroom furniture can be given the distressed look to get the old or aged look typical of shabby chic.
- Paint all the trims and crown mouldings white because white is the main base colour of all things shabby chic.
- Paint the walls with a matte (or flat wall paint), to get an authentic look. It is important to note that walls must not be too shiny, glossy, or flashy, but rather must look dull and worn.
- White and off-white combinations look fantastic, as do white and soft pale yellows. You could also try white with bold cream vertical lines.
- For a great effect, use a vintage yellow (or a pale gold shade) and a neutral sand hue finish to create a soft warm feel that is typical of the look. Another great theme is painting the wall surfaces with stripes, using two shades of the same warm colours.
- Wallpaper with subtle features or trailing patterns will give the bathroom a stylish modern twist.
- Another floor to wall finish worth considering for the shabby chic bathroom is metro tiles which gives a modern industrial look. Stick to white or shades of white.
- Floor finish (tiles) must be a neutral shade or faux bleached floor tiles. Remember that words such as faded and bleached remain common terms often applied to the shabby chic style.
Choosing the Right Bathroom Accessories for Shabby Decor
The shabby chic bathroom style can be accessorised similarly as you would the country style but can be given a modern eclectic twist by using the right type and colours of decorative items. So, what types of accessories work best and what hues give the stylish impression desired?
To modernise the theme, add pastel pinks, blue, or green colours, preferably tiny floral prints on a fresh white or off-white background. Hues and tones can be introduced in the towels, curtains, glass jars, candles, floor mat, and other accessories. Pastels have a unique way of making fabrics look old and antique. You can also tea- stain pale or white fabrics to produce an authentic old vintage look.
Alternatively, you can change all the towels to white, a colour quite prevalent in shabby chic bathroom décor. Simple inexpensive white towels will add an instant fresh look. Towels in a soft creamy colour or champagne shades are great too, as is match the towels to the bathroom's wall colour.
The essence of the shabby chic style is basically decorating with, and displaying furniture that is old and worn as in 'passed down', antique, or vintage. You can use some of your old furniture, with their original old paint or stain, as long as they possess distinct signs of age.
If you don’t have old furniture you can use but still desire a shabby chic décor, buy new but cheap furniture or just work on the existing ones.
You can imitate the worn look by painting the furniture, allowing it to dry thoroughly, and then sand by gently rubbing the top coat of paint to show a bit of the wood and patches of the base coats on the areas of bathroom furniture that naturally wears off first.
Furnishings chosen must complement and enhance the new bathroom makeover. Choose linen and cotton fabrics if you can instead of synthetic or man-made textiles. Linen inspired by old French, in whites, looking vintage, worn or lightly bleached out are very popularly used in shabby chic settings. Furnishings to look out for include:
- Antique style gilded mirrors or silver-framed mirrors
- Open wall shelves (shallow)
- Vintage style roll-top bath (if you plan for a full upgrade)
- Lace or voile curtains
- Traditional style wall sconces
- Decorative set of to store towels, toiletries, and other bathroom items Oka baskets
- Robe hooks made from wood
Remember to allow a mix of these with a few modern features – bathroom sink, taps/faucets (wall mounted taps keep lines clean), bathtub, shower enclosure, and toilet.
Using these simple and affordable shabby chic makeover ideas will not only liven up a lack-lustre bathroom, it will also create a brand new classic look.
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