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How to Decorate Your Master Bedroom in Shabby Chic Cottage Style

Shabby chic decor is a synonym of softness and femininity. Old world cottage shabby chic style gains more popularity in interior décor for many women these days because of its unique charm and chicness. Many women, and indeed some men, love the vintage and rustic feel it brings to any room.

Cottage-style shabby chic decor encourages a sense of peacefulness and relaxation, so it is perfect for a master bedroom. Here are some ways to get the look.

Things You will Need:

  • Baskets
  • Craft Paints
  • Curtain Rods
  • Fabrics
  • Flowers
  • Home Furnishings and Accessories
  • House Paints

Step 1:

Choose a traditional-look bed like those sold at HF4you: old maple in spool/spindle style, wicker, iron, brass, or a white-painted four-poster.

Step 2:

Dress the bed in a light, homey fabric – eyelet, cotton chenille, pillow-ticking, or awning stripes – or a pieced quilt. Continue the theme with pillow shams and dust ruffles.

Step 3:

Look for non-matching bedside tables in wicker or with simple turned legs.

Step 4:

Top tables with traditional lamps that reflect humble origins: simple ceramic, terra cotta, milk glass and wicker, or choose candlestick lamps. Use fabric shades in solids or in patterns such as small floral motifs or checks.

Step 5:

Do not worry about matching the bed to the chest of drawers to the tables; you can tie diverse styles together by painting them the same colour. White is a good finish choice. The more natural and organic materials you use the better, as they create a beautifully realized shabby chic decor aesthetic. Go for wood pieces with a natural or roughish stain; and remember vintage and antique pieces are important for extra depth.

Step 6:

Dress the windows simply with tab top curtains, flounced priscillas or Cape Cod curtains; 2-inch wood blinds work well, too. Choose a treatment that allows sunlight to flood the room.

Step 7:

Deck the walls and floors with old-fashioned, casual favourites: floral or striped paper or pastel paint for the walls; soft cotton chenille, striped rag rugs and braided rugs underfoot.

Step 8:

Decorate your tabletops with folk-art animals, dried flowers or casual cut-flower arrangements or ceramic figurines. Carry out the theme with potted-plant cachepots, baskets, or old-fashioned dishes that can serve as catchalls for pocket change and keys.

Step 9:

Add (if your room’s large enough) an antique-style oak chair, topped with a ruffled cushion.

Tips & Warnings

Keep the look light, airy, and casual. The pieces should be a blend of the types of furnishings that proliferate at secondhand stores: serviceable but not fine. These are the pieces you would use to furnish a sun-filled vacation home.

Shabby chic can look old, but it can also be expensive! If you buy bespoke shabby chic furniture made by an individual, you can expect to pay considerably more than you would par for regular furniture, due to the many hours creating such a piece of furniture entails.

Because shabby chic décor involves many small and sometimes intricate items, it can be time consuming to keep clean.