What is Shabby Chic?
Shabby Chic is as much a lifestyle as a style statement. Its about treasuring the old, seeing the beauty in everything, an appreciation of materials, textures and colour which effortlessly combine functionality, beauty and comfort.
Here at The Orchard we believe shabby chic style is about achieving an aged, distressed, vintage look, which compliments your current interior design. Thereís no need to re-design your entire home, its about cherry picking the right pieces. Start with a statement piece of rustic furniture, add in a home accessory such as a table lamp and finish with a smaller decorative piece such as a vintage trinket. In no time your room will have taken on that quintessential shabby chic look and feel.
Furniture pieces which create a great focal point in the home tend to be larger, statement pieces such as The Orchardís Old English Painted Dresser, the French inspired Chateau Chest of Drawers or a rustic classic such as the Brocante Bed and Wardrobe. For shabby chic home accessories which compliment a statement furniture piece look to our Home Accessories range. Introduce a Reclaimed Wood Five Hook Plaque to your wall or an Enamel Flower Pitcher as a rustic vase to sit on a window sill or dresser. Both the bedroom and the kitchen in particular lend themselves perfectly to the shabby chic look. Both are rooms which are easy to accessorise with decorations and practical home accessories, a key thread to a shabby chic lifestyle. Towel ladders which work as decorative storage are such popular items due to their style and practicality. We offer painted wooden ladders, ones from reclaimed wood and another from Bamboo. In the kitchen it is all about storage, a wooden painted plate rack with space to hang mugs, reclaimed wood storage crates for vegetables, open shelving such as our Old English Painted Open Shelf Unit or our classic Carved French Wall Shelf to display or store more goodies.
If you don't want to style a whole room, create a warming, comfortable shabby chic welcoming feel to your home via your hallway. A distressed painted console table, adorned with a table lamp such as our Blue Wash Table Lamp and some reclaimed wood photo frames on the wall. Each piece oozes shabby chic style and function. For practicality introduce our Old English Painted Heart Hall Storage Bench, store away shoes, wellies and dog leads in a rustic hand painted bench made here in England. And don't forget, a shabby chic home doesn't need to be all about big pieces. Accessories can be small and particularly beautiful, especially when made from natural or aged materials. Hang a hand painted baroque bird over a door handle, add a small birdcage mirror to a wall, or a crackle glaze Duck Egg Blue Jug from our Kew Gardens collection.
Re-create your home with Shabby Chic
If youíre looking to re-create the feel of an idyllic country homes, or the look of a cottage kitchen, shabby chic design allows you to create a timeless style which you can add to over the years. French painted furniture combined with aged distressed home accessories and a few handmade bits and pieces are the perfect starting place to create your own shabby chic sanctuary.
View our collection and let The Orchard help you create Shabby Chic style in your home.