Oh, how we do love “shabby chic.” There’s nothing quite like it. It’s both opulent and rustic and full of whimsy. Like a girly girl wearing her favorite beat up old cowboy boots. Shabby chic blends the old (wood, antiques, rusty metal) and the new (fresh flowers, anyone?) with style and grace. A style of so much femininity and strength is surely worthy of the heart of your home, which is why we’ve pulled together 29 of our favorite shabby chic kitchen decor ideas to inspire your interiors!
If you’ve ever seen “high-low” fashion, then you’ve got a leg up on realizing your very own shabby chic kitchen decor ideas. The concept of “high-low” fashion is to mix and match items that are worn and simple with items that are more glamorous. The contrast is just beautiful, and when it comes to shabby chic decor it’s the perfect model to follow. So, flip through the inspiration gallery and get ready to go shopping to make your own shabby chic kitchen decor ideas a reality!
1. Cream Colored Cabinets and Ruffled Seat Covers
This decor scheme uses monochrome cream to define the kitchen area as separate from the blush pink living area. Every piece of wood (chairs, cabinets, table legs) has that decorative country house shape and soft molding to give a rustic feel. The pink accent pieces on the kitchen island tie into the wall color of the next room in a lovely way!
2. Blue Walls With Pink and Decorative Plates
This is so bright, eclectic and fun! The floral theme and overall blue and pink color scheme are what ties all of these very different pieces together. A floating shelf is an adorable way to display your antique china, teacups, etc and hang your pretty linens. When they look this cute why hide them away in a drawer?
3. Distressed White Cabinets and Floating Shelves
Simple and neat, this kitchen makes excellent use of very little space. White is a smart choice with a smaller kitchen since its bright and makes it feel more spacious. The accent pieces are really special. There’s an antique ladder that hangs from the ceiling with some flowers and a clever farmhouse camel on the dishwasher. Can you spot it?
4. Antique Scales With Decorative Knick Knacks
Do you have a favorite antique item that you collect? This is a really cute way to display them. You can arrange them side by side in groups of 3-4. Add in some accent pieces like a flower vase or candle that compliment the color of your antiques.
5. Vases Decorated With Rope, Lace, and Pearls
We love to up-cycle! Think about how many glass bottles you use. Don’t just toss them away – up-cycle them! You can re-create this with some rope, lace, paper, faux pearl strands, and a hot glue gun. Mix and match the style to create a beautiful set of vases.
6. Blush Tabletop and Accent Cabinet
We all have at least one piece of sort of awkward furniture that sticks out just a tiny bit. This is an idea that can make it blend in with the space better. The accent cabinet is painted to match the blush tabletop and drapes. It takes pulls the whole space together and makes it cute and eclectic.
7. Floral Teacup Motif Utensil Holder
Did you know that you can decoupage pretty much anything? That’s right! If you have an awesome ceramic like this then that’s great, but if not you can do it yourself. To make a DIY floral print ceramic like this all you need is a container, acrylic paint, a pretty floral print napkin, and a paintbrush. Check out this tutorial.
8. Decorative Wire Drying Rack and Floral China
Cast iron is traditionally black, so when you see a bold metal piece like this in white it’s refreshing and softens the whole look. Most drying racks are not attractive, but this one is positively decorative! You can use it to display pretty shabby-chic china or just to dry out your clean dishes.
9. Antique Porcelain Sink and Distressed Wood Cupboard
When you have an amazing accent piece like this gorgeous sink you have got to let it shine! The elegant wooden leg frame and pretty cross-stitched hand towels show it off perfectly. The distressed wood island table and floating cabinet are also a nice touch.
10. Galvanized Metal Pitcher Vase With Blush Peonies
Galvanized metal pitchers and jugs are so versatile and give you instant shabby-chic cred. Use these pieces as vases or utensil holders. You can put a plain plastic or glass cylinder inside to line them so water for a vase doesn’t damage the metal or leak.
11. Distressed Antique Curio Cabinet With Mason Jars
A curio cabinet is an absolute gem for displaying small items and making them look purposeful instead of cluttered. This cabinet has antique windows for doors which lets you peek into the contents. Something as simple as a set of mason jars looks like a work of art when it’s put up like this. You can also sprinkle in a few smaller items like salt and pepper shakers and pictures.
12. White Fabric Curtain-covered Cabinet
Swapping cabinet doors for a cloth curtain is a brilliant way to get that country style in an instant. Items that don’t store decoratively can be tucked away behind the curtain. Keep the color white or light blue, gray, or pink. Items like silverware and mugs can be stored out in the open with glass jars and metal mug hooks.