Did you know that you can use shabby chic sofas and chairs to create a romantic and inviting shabby chic family room that is both sophisticated and elegant? Throw a few pillows over the sofa and an old rug or quilt over a chair to give the room a cozy feel. There’s nothing intimidating about this style, instead it is inviting and warm. This is the perfect décor to make your guests feel at home.
You don’t have to spend so much creating a stylish shabby chic family room; you can actually transform your old and worn furniture pieces into art. Be on the lookout for those unique pieces at antique fairs and boot sales, and you can even check out your loft or garage, you’ll be surprised at the treasures buried in there.
There might be nothing catchy about a brown and dreary-looking old wooden chair, but imagine the difference a fresh pale pink, muted green or white paint can make. Then just imagine how beautiful that chair will look in a corner of your family room with a beautiful vase filed with wild flowers on top of it. Or you can cover the sear with scraps of fringe, quilts or pieces of fabric lying around the house to make it more inviting. If you don’t want to create your own seat cover, you can equally throw a blanket or quilt over the chair – anything to assert your style.
And if you cannot be bothered to make your shabby chic chairs and sofas, you can always buy what you need. From distressed wooden chairs painted white, to plump and comfy sofas and luxurious armchairs, you can bring your shabby chic living room dream to life.
If you’re going for the French chateau look, you might want to add some gold silk and gilt to your shabby chic chairs and sofas. There are some armchairs and handmade sofas that come with silt upholstery and real damask, scroll cabriole legs and ornate floral carvings. Pieces like these will definitely add a touch of class and opulence to your living room, whilst managing to give off an air of cosiness and comfort.
Once you pick out the big statement pieces, you can then compliment those pieces with beautiful and affordable wooden chairs. You can also find hand painted shabby chic chairs that have that distressed and old worn look to compliment your style.
You don’t have to stop there, you can also use old trunks to make coffee tables and place large wicker baskets around the living room to hold anything from dried flowers to fresh linens, to complete your shabby chic living room. The best part of this look is the fact that you can actually pick the elements that suits your style. Experimenting can be fun and rewarding when you get it right.
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