Shabby chic kitchen accessories are for those people who want to give the rooms in their home a unique look. The word sounds like quite the oxymoron doesn’t it – how can something be shabby yet chic? Well this is a form of interior decoration and design which involves furniture or accessories which are appealing because they look old, antique or vintage. In this case, shabby IS chic – the items have a worn look, and even if they are new, they are worked on to give them an appearance of wear and tear. The term is said to have originated in the early 1980s when it was first used in a magazine – The World of Interiors. Soon after, the style became very popular in the 90s, especially in America because of the unique, eclectic style of decorating.
So what is so unique about shabby chic items? Since they are very old – the genuine ones – they are painted and repainted – thus obvious layers of paint hide the scuffs, scratches etc. which gives it a unique finish. New items modeled along antique lines are glazed with special varnish and paint and given this ‘distressed’ look on demand. Decor usually includes over the top depictions of flower garlands, cherubs, lace and floral fabric etc.
Shabby chic kitchen accessories therefore, lend your kitchen an old world charm and you can easily invest in a few by taking a tour of local yard sales or visiting a store which sells antiques. Fabric included in shabby chic decor are often deliberately stained with tea to give it an aged effect.
So when you are doing up your kitchen, shabby chic kitchen accessories will give it a kitschy style which is unique. Since shabby chic kitchen accessories do not need to be uniformly matched, you can easily buy bits and pieces from different stores – whatever catches your eye when you are out on a shopping jaunt. Distressed cabinets with mismatched knobs- which are extremely quaint and appealing, mismatched storage jars, an antique style oven or cook-top and heavy cast iron pots and pans are good shabby chic kitchen accessories. Faded lace curtains in soft pastels can adorn your windows, faded table mats with a floral print can grace your antique style, distressed dining table or kitchen island. Your plates, tea sets and general crockery can bear an old world charm if you buy them from a store specializing in shabby chic kitchen accessories – these generally look old and yellow, with delicate handles and scalloped edges.
Roses are a favorite when it comes to pattern and shabby chic kitchen accessories almost always have a sprinkling of roses all over- rose printed curtains, table mats, yellowed crockery, tiny rose borders on the tiles – you name it. Elaborate scalloped valences and faded lace curtains can also adorn your kitchen window. Vintage cake stands, jelly cupboards and pie cabinets, old ovens etc are other items that are a part of shabby chic kitchen accessories. Paint your kitchen in pastel shades, don a frilly apron around your waist and bake a pie from scratch in your kitchen decorated with shabby chic kitchen accessories!