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Get the Wow Effect with a Shabby Chic French Look

Get the Wow Effect with a Shabby Chic French Look

Posted by Olivia Sum on

Shabby chic is used in interior design for a style of furniture which shows signs of wear or tear or new items which are distressed or made to be weathered to show the appearance of an antique.  This coincides with a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor to differentiate it from genuine period decor.  Besides white, the shabby chic style also includes soft neutral colours such as sky blue, rose pink and beige tones. Hints from French-style interior design often show in shabby chic homes such as Rococo-style lighting fixtures, furniture or wall panelling.  Here is an example of a shabby chic French look.


The soft turquoise walls and shabby pink lampshades are typical of the theme along with the white distressed looking chest of drawers and the large rococo style mirror.

Customise Some Shabby Chic French Style Accessories

These paper cups hanging above the fireplace are just like bunting, they would match perfectly in the shabby chic French room above. They are straightforward to make, here`s how.

You will need

  • Paper cups
  • Shabby paper
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Hanging hooks

Cover each cup in your shabby paper which you will find at and glue the paper neatly around the cups using suitable adhesive. When dry use your scissors to make a hole in the bottom of each cup and thread your string through it.  Lastly hang your lovely shabby chic decoration with your hanging hooks. 

Design your Flooring with a Shabby Chic French Look

If you want to redecorate your home on a budget here is a great way to save on the cost of carpeting or other chosen flooring with a gorgeous effect shabby floor.  It is very simple to do just go to to find a design of shabby paper.  There are loads of gorgeous floral effects just like the one shown here

You can use your shabby paper to achieve an effect just like this one.  Once you have chosen your paper use a suitable adhesive to glue the shabby paper to each floorboard.  This will take time and effort but will be well worth it.  When you have finished covering each floorboard paint over with clear varnish as a protection barrier.  I think you`ll agree a bargain which adds a lovely shabby chic French feel to the room.

Distress your Furniture for a Shabby Chic French Effect

To bring your furniture in line with the rest of your shabby chic room you can use the distressed painting technique.  This wardrobe shows the design off fantastically.

In keeping with the style the furniture has a rococo look about it.  To get the distressed effect it has been painted in cream and then sanded to bring through an old worn look.  It would fit in perfectly in any shabby chic room.

After reading this I hope I have given you the inspiration needed to get started on your shabby chic French design, enjoy! There are plenty of shabby chic French paper to choose from on the website.

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