From the light pastel shades, to the elegance of a shining chandelier. The informal, yet formal, shabby chic style adds romance and whimsy to a home. Here are shabby chic decor ideas that will help transform your kitchen space.
Shabby Kitchen Furniture
In most kitchens, the kitchen table is the main focal piece. So you’ll want to make sure you create a shabby chic look here, to set the tone for the room. You can go for the more rustic shabby chic look, by using a chipped painted wooden table. Or for a more formal look, why not cover your table with layered fabric, lace, or floral patterned fabric – just like the tables in pictures (2) and (3).
For the chairs, chipped painted wooden ones are a popular design choice. Or there are the more decorative, curved metal ones.
Around The Sink
For the sink, you’ll want to get a porcelain tub. Take a look at the kitchen sink in picture (4). That sink is one porcelain piece, that includes a backsplash. To keep to that shabby chic style, go with traditional style faucets – the goosenecks.
Shabby Chic Kitchen Decor
White is the go to choice for the paint color on the walls. While decor pieces can be used to decorate the room with more colorful and pastel shades (mint, yellow, pink, cream). You can take it a step further and have the walls textured. For more ideas and pictures have a look at my mood board here: (Room Styling: Shabby Chic Paint Colors).
Fabric plays a big role in creating a shabby chic style. Above I talked about the different fabric choices for decorating the kitchen table. The same applies for the curtains in the kitchen. From using lace or ruffled curtains, to plain white ones with decorative tie backs (such as costume jewellery). For a mood board on all the different curtain ideas have a look here: Window Treatment Style: Shabby Chic Curtains, Rods, and Tie Backs.
Decorating with Storage
A shabby chic kitchen will have most of its storage displayed out in the open. If everything is out in the open then you’ll want to have storage containers that are decorative and add to the style of the room. Here are some ideas on what types of containers to use:
- Enamel containers (5)
- Glass jars
- Wooden crates
- Wicker baskets (6)
- Wire baskets
- White porcelain bowls or jars
When it comes to kitchen cabinets, white wooden ones are the way to go for a shabby chic look. These can be open shelves or have glass doors. White painted is the go to choice, while chipped paint creates a more shabby chic look. And for the finishing touch: decorative metal knobs/pulls (7) which can be found from 4 The Love of Wood.
For other kitchen storage ideas, have a look at my mood board post here.
In any shabby chic room, you will want to have a chandelier. It instantly creates the shabby style. A mini chandelier will work best in the kitchen. It can hang over the kitchen table and or over the kitchen island.
Other lighting ideas include using barn style lights – the flat pancake looking ones. White or galvanised metal ones look good, along with pastel shades seen below – from Barn Light Electric.
For more inspiration for shabby chic kitchens, why not borrow from vintage and French styles: