How do I decorate a shabby chic bedroom?

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Answered by: Laura, An Expert in the Decor Styles Category
For those ladies who have the privilege of decorating however they want, I would like to take some time to dive into the trendy "shabby chic" style and how to use it in a bedroom. Most items dubbed shabby chic are antique or antique-looking, not to mention very, very girly.

Many companies are realizing this latest fashion trend among young ladies and are jumping on the band wagon. It shouldn’t be too hard to find shabby chic-inspired products, but if you are having a hard time finding some, stop at a garage or yard sale and get creative with the things you might find. Not only will it save you money, it will also give your bedroom a one-of-a-kind look.

The fabrics used for this theme are usually white or pale colors and have flowers (mainly roses) on them. The style is detail oriented yet subtle. With this in mind, a shabby chic bedroom is very easy to think up and create with products you can easily find in today’s market. Starting with the main focus of the bedroom, the bed would preferably be an antique white color with some decorative wear-and-tear or a pretty canopy bed.

You could even scope out garage sales and repaint a wood-framed bed. The comforter should be light in color with flowers or lace decorating it. Personally, I think the more subtle details, the better. The whole idea behind shabby chic is to layer subtle girly details over each other in relatively the same shades of color. You don’t want to go with anything too loud or outlandish. Adding to the comforter, you might want to find a couple decorative pillows in different shapes and styles that are the same light colors. If you can’t find anything you like, you can take a trip to your local craft store to buy fabric and make your own bedding set. Many craft stores also have cute bows or flowers you can sew on to add interest.

If you have the time and patience, I would opt to go with a wallpaper instead of paint on the walls. Wallpaper is making a big comeback and you can find a patterned paper out there for any style. I would go with a light colored wallpaper with flowery details or a quite pattern. Waverly and Laura Ashley have great selections of wallpapers with coordinating fabrics for window treatments and bedding sets.

If you want to take the time check them out and design a completely custom look to your savvy new bedroom, I would definitely suggest doing that. If you don’t feel up to lining a whole wall in paper, you always have the option of going half way up the wall, adding a chair rail, and painting the rest of the wall with a matching color. If you are looking for something a little more dramatic, you can wallpaper a section of the wall and outline it in four sides of chair railing to frame it out. Note: this only works if you have a big, open space on your wall to make this feature look intentional.

The finishing touches to your new bedroom add that last little bit of class to the whole design. Find curvy lamps with white shades, cute nicknacks to line along a shelf, frame out pictures of flowers, landscapes, or mirrors with an antique-looking frame, or add vases to a table or clustered in an empty corner of the room to add dramatic effect.

When the look is finally put together, it should give off a romantic vibe. If you have the space, I would also suggest finding an antique chandelier to hang above the bed. It will give the room more of a focal point and add one last cute detail. There are so many other things you can do with a shabby chic bedroom, but if you have the basic definition of the style down, it should be fairly easy to find things to fit in with the design. Be creative and have fun!

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