1 – Choose upbeat and pieces that will make you happy. When entering into a shabby chic space one usually feels happy with the light and airy feel. Therefore choosing pieces that continue with this same feel with only add to the sensation.
2 – Next, choose pieces that will compliment other pieces. For instance, a mirror is a great way to tie in some other pieces together, as well as help intensify the space. A small space will do well with a mirror placed in the thinnest are to help make the space appear larger.
3 – Find a common theme. If you have chosen to go in the direction of a more princess type shabby chic, then choosing pieces that fit in this theme will help complete the space. For instance, if one has a canopy bed with flowing curtains, ruffled bedding, and a makeup table, then throwing flowers and other lighthearted pieces on the walls will add to the princess feel. Similarly, for a more eclectic shabby chic feel, one can continue with mismatched pieces that all play into a common feel. Bicycle décor, a large trunk to store blankets, and colorful pillows are a great way to play up the eclectic feel.
4 – A huge thing that many overlook with a shabby chic space is flowers. Living flowers are a great way to not only make a space smell better, but also feel better. In addition, one can choose different flowers which can add into their theme. Roses are a great flower to add into the princess feel, while sunflowers work well with the eclectic feel. These live flowers are also a great way to add comfort to the space, as many feel more welcome in a space that adds these natural elements.
5 – Pillows and blankets are an important, piece to add to the space (except bathrooms and kitchens). Pillows and blankets can be chosen to match your common theme, but also add a feel of hominess to the space. A space that looks lived in and homey is sure to feel more inviting and welcoming to guests.
6 – Last, but certainly not least, your front door is perhaps the most important piece to making a guest feel welcome. A front door with an inviting “Welcome” mat and perhaps a wreath on the front door makes guests feel more at home. When a guest walks up to a bare front door they may get the sense of an empty home.
Whatever direction you may choose just be sure the space feels welcoming to you. The best thing about shabby chic décor is how at home many feel with it. Not only is shabby chic inviting, but it is also cozy, which is why the style has been increasing in popularity over the years.
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