You don’t have to actually own a cottage to love and embrace all that is cottage chic; so whether you have your own little slice of shabby chic paradise, or you’re just looking to update your space with some decor that is a little more you, you’ll love our little guide to shabby cottage chic! Let’s get started!
Let’s first talk a little bit about what exactly cottage chic is! Cottage chic decor is typically characterized by comfortable furnishings, fresh, delicate colors, and natural accents. Think floral prints, weathered finishes, and organic textures. Let’s get to the decorating tips!
Back to Basics
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Flooring and windows are two major elements of any room; when it comes to flooring in a shabby cottage chic home, imperfection is key. We love a bare hardwood floor, but if you’re working with tile or carpet that might not feel so cottage chic, consider vintage area rugs.
Windows should look light and airy, and not at all be too heavy; opting for lace rather than heavy curtains can help achieve this look.
All White Everything
Okay, not everything, but we love an all white room complemented with wooden furniture. This keeps that light, delicate element of shabby chic, while also working in some cozy, wooden furniture that will complement the white decor beautifully.
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If you’re looking to add a little character, a little quirk, if you will, to any or all of your rooms, opt to mix and match your antique pieces; this can be done by mismatching the dishes in your cabinets, your dining room chairs, or even the larger pieces of furniture in your home such as cupboards and tables. And don’t think these pieces have to be neutral colors, remember how we mentioned delicate colors being a core element of cottage chic? Add some color to your home by painting these large pieces!
DIY Lighting, But Make it Quirky
Collectables can be turned into light fixtures easy. All you have to do is install some inexpensive lamp parts, and voila! That stack of old books is now a lamp that sits on your mismatched nightstands. Old jugs, vases, and vintage tins all make for really eclectic lamps that will mismatch the rest of your cottage chic decor perfectly
Don’t Drown in Neutrals
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If you love neutrals as much as the next person, but they tend to bore you a little or make you feel like you’re drowning in them, don’t be afraid to add pops of accent colors.