Let’s Get Crackling! Antique Effects – Shabby Chic – decorating

Lighting is another area where you can be a little creative. Antique looking chandeliers and candle holders are perfect in this decor. Lamp shades are often decorated with glass or crystal beads that add to the antique look. Painted shades are great as well. Anything that looks as if it came from another era is what you are striving for.

Shabby Chic by its name has an atmosphere of benign neglect but obviously loved items. Vintage style decorating, on the other hand, will bring you back to your grandparent’s time. It is like stepping back into a time capsule. The furniture may resemble that found in the shabby chic furniture in that it may be well used with many signs of wear. The style difference is not found so much in the furniture used in the two styles. What really sets the mood are the accents and accessories found in the vintage style home.

Incorporating beige tile into a relaxed style bathroom designed in a cottage or vintage shabby chic bed works very well. Beige coordinates well with other light colors frequently used in these styles, such as light blue, rose, lavender or sage green. If you want to incorporate patterns like floral designs in your small bathroom, then creating a wholly beige background for the room is a great way to do it. Seaside bathroom themes also go fabulously with beige tile, as it mixes well with the light blue, sea foam green and off-white shades that are often popular colors for seaside decorating themes.

Another great idea is to paint out the vintage suitcases. If they are terrible colors or faded you can spray them with primer first. Once this dried you can paint them out in a shabby chic bedroom furniture or even a metallic spray paint.

Now the real work begins. Use a large metal tapestry needle, so that it will easily poke through your fabric lampshade. Start stitching the shade just as you would a normal needle pointed fabric. Weave in all ends when you have completed each string.