Not only is "shabby chic" decorating a way to hang on to the history of the past, it is also a way to save money, since you are repurposing and showcasing old and used items instead of buying new. Display your life story or the story of others in your decorating. Adding a French influence to the theme is another step to expressing this romantic interior design style.
French Cafe Kitchen
Bring in an old wrought iron cafe table and chairs with seats covered in flowered fabric. Leave it as is or give it a coat of white paint. Another option is a white wicker dining set. Buy mismatched coffee mugs that feature a Parisian theme or saying and crystal wine glasses. Hang up paintings of Parisian street scenes. Use lace doilies for place mats and coasters. Old tin canisters add to the feel. Use an old wine bottle for a flower vase in the middle of the table. Paint French sayings that have to do with cooking and eating around the top of the kitchen. Hang a wrought iron chandelier over the table with differently shaped pink crystals dangling from it. Invest in a dual purpose coffee and cappuccino maker to complete the look.
Parisian Living Room
Overstuffed flowered sofas and chaise longues should greet visitors. Black and white photographs framed in simple black frames make the best artwork for French shabby chic decorating. Ideas for signs underneath portrait collections include French proverbs that talk of friendship, children and family. If you have been lucky enough to visit Paris, include snapshots from your trip in a collage; otherwise, buy a coffee-table book showcasing travel pictures of the country. Include a few framed photos here and there of famous French actresses and books from poets and authors that are Parisian. Place a statue of the Eiffel Tower on top of your TV to complete the look.
Romantic French Bedroom
Create a romantic retreat in your bedroom with lace curtains, white painted furniture and pink roses in a crystal vase. Frame black and white pictures of you and your sweetheart for bedside tables. Hang up romantic street scenes of a moonlit-filled Paris. Create signs to hang above your bed that speak the language of love. Add a canopy above your sleeping area in lace or simple black and white fabric to enclose you in romance at night. Shabby chic candle holders, in the shape of the Eiffel tower, placed on your dresser allow you to set the mood whenever you want.
Fun French-Themed Bathroom
Wake every day to a whimsical energising bathroom. Stick to a classic black and white theme. Bring in decor of pink French poodles being walked by women on the streets of Paris or photos of beautiful French models. Inscribe motivational sayings in French on the bathroom mirror for motivation every morning. Hang towel holders featuring the Eiffel Tower on their ends. Use a crystal chandelier instead of a standard overhead fixture. Place a few fashion and beauty magazines from Paris on the back of the toilet tank. French shabby chic decorating ideas in the bathroom are all about being as bold as you want to be in order to get you off to the right start every day.
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