How to Style Shabby Chic Kitchens for 2017
Originating in the eighties, the term ‘shabby chic’ refers to a style that imitates the elegant look of a large country house, with vintage touches and classically-designed furniture. A well-established trend, shabby chic kitchens are a great way to create a cosy, inviting space in your home. As solid wood is a prominent feature in any shabby chic design, we’ve put together a guide to help you achieve the look in your own kitchen.
Exposed plates, cups, glasses and bowls on shelving or in open cabinets look fantastic in shabby chic kitchens. This device can be dressed up, or down, in a variety of ways. Whether you’re using open spaces to show off mismatched vintage crockery or to display the finest chinaware you own, this is an easy and cost-effective way to recreate a timeless look in your home. Assortments of colourful plates and bowls look great stacked on shelves; alternatively, try lying plates flat to create more of a design feature.
If it seems impractical to leave all your kitchenware uncovered, you can achieve a similar look with our glazed cabinet frontals.
Shabby chic kitchens pair perfectly with Belfast sinks. The beautifully glossy surface of the sink (which tends to be porcelain or ceramic) contrasts well with wood, providing a stunning yet practical focal point for the room. Similar variants include butler and farmhouse sinks, which would also be in keeping with a shabby chic kitchen’s vintage feel.
Use of colour is important in shabby chic kitchens. There are a variety of shades that are suitable and our range of painted frontals are perfect for creating a quaint look to complement your design perfectly. Off-white or cream is a popular option and, if selected, means that colourful accessories and accents can be added to alter the look and feel of the kitchen quickly and cost-effectively. Working from a neutral base can also create a softer, more subtle look.
For those looking to make more of a statement, pastel colours are an excellent way to inject some fun into your kitchen. Airy and playful, pastels add a great touch to shabby chic kitchens, whether you choose a vintage blush hue or a fresh blue shade. In our recent ’Colours of the Month’ post, we discussed pastel palettes for 2017 and suggested a range of bespoke options for your frontals. Our chosen paint supplier, Farrow & Ball, provides an extensive collection of colours and we are able to paint our frontals in any of their shades. Happy hunting!
Cute accessories/vintage fabrics
The use of accessories plays a fundamental role in the creation of shabby chic kitchens. Small wooden ornaments, like the heart pictured, provide a charming finishing touch and work wonderfully well with vintage fabrics. When accessorising, you can never have too much or too little. Lots of small decorations that are co-ordinated with crockery (which should be displayed on shelves, as above) will create a lightly cluttered feel – a popular feature in many shabby chic designs. For those wanting a less chaotic look, we advise selecting a few key pieces: if chosen with care and attention, these would work just as well. Slightly worn or weathered painted wood and prints with polka dots or flowers are always a great choice.
Shabby chic kitchens have been a popular trend for a long time and it looks like the style is here to stay. If you have a shabby chic kitchen you’d like to share with us, please feel free get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.