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Shabby Chic Furniture - Bring the Heart of France Into Your Home!

April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 288

With spring now in full swing it can be the perfect opportunity to replenish old furniture or add to an existing collection. Why not take a step out of the contemporary sector and delve into the world of shabby chic furniture? Its unique style and persona is ideal for switching up the decor in your home and creating something truly beautiful. In these economically difficult times injecting some French inspiration into your home does not have to break the bank! Shabby chic furniture can be sourced from many retailers, whether it is charity, second hand or antique shops all have those little gems that can be used as fantastic additions to your collection. Furthermore the beauty of buying French furniture at a reduced price allows for some imagination and personalised touches to flow throughout your interior!

When it comes to capturing the essence of shabby chic furniture it is best to begin with soft colours painted in subtle tones of antique white or cream. Like most fashionable styles there is one key ingredient to achieving a shabby chic setting in your home. This comes in the form of distressed furniture. Fine or heavy distressed strokes convey the beauty of the aged look and certainly add that extra slice of character we all love. Depending on your budget, furniture is readily available with all these gorgeous characteristics in place, at reasonable prices. However if you wish to incorporate some personalisation into your home then there are plenty of tips and techniques to do this! Try exposing, in small areas, the bare wood using sandpaper and a scotch pad; this gives any piece a real vintage feel. If you are looking to distress many pieces of French furniture then it may be worth investing in an electric paint sprayer to avoid varnish brush marks ruining the effect. This will save money in the long run and enable you to control the amount of distressing on your shabby chic furniture.

Take the dining room for example. This is one of the many areas in the home that benefits massively from a touch of shabby chic style. The combination of a stunning antique white dining table with matching chairs is a fantastic centrepiece for any French inspired home. Subtle carvings usually come with most French styled furniture and look beautiful when paired with distressed finishes and other shabby chic accessories. Ideal for building the perfect family setting, your dining room will stand the test of time and stay elegant forever!

For a brilliant selection of shabby chic furniture visit Sweetpea and Willow, the online French furniture boutique.

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