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A beginners guide to shabby chic home design

February 06, 2013

One of the key tenets of shabby chic is hardwood flooring. With natural rustic and worn-in charm, it fits the vintage mold of shabby chic's aesthetic to a T. Luckily, Anderson Floors can take this look to the next level with the premier Virginia Vintage line of options. The Olde Paint collection is a particular favorite.

Hardwood Floors, Hardwood FlooringSchools of design get tossed around in conversation so quickly it can make your head spin. There are a couple we inherently understand - modern, rustic or even craftsman. But what's the delineation between modern and contemporary? And for that matter, what the heck is shabby chic? If that last question matches your own, you've come to the right place. Shabby chic, like any form of interior design, is a complicated aesthetic. But there are a few rules you can follow to help your home attain this all-the-rage style. You just need to know where to start. in this case? Hardwood floors.

Have the right flooring installed
One of the key tenets of shabby chic is hardwood flooring. With natural rustic and worn-in charm, it fits the vintage mold of shabby chic's aesthetic to a T. Luckily, Anderson Floors can take this look to the next level with the premier Virginia Vintage line of options. The Olde Paint collection is a particular favorite. These engineered floors are constructed from red oak, but with a hand-crafted painting and distressing process, each board has been turned into a true work of art. The results are planks that capture the character and warmth of age-old flooring, but with all the durability and quality entire intact. You may want to lay down a stylish area rug or two, but for the most part, use your flooring as a guide to direct the remainder of your home design.

Go vintage
In shabby chic design, vintage is key. Dress up your home with the remnants of flea markets, estate sales and even thrift shops. This doesn't mean you'll want to spring for just any deal, however. Shabby chic means putting the time and legwork into finding truly outstanding vintage items - not just any dresser, coffee table or bench will do.

Uncover (or make) those layers and layers of paint
One of the major aesthetic influences on shabby chic is distressing. A distressed piece o furniture shows attractive signs of wear and tear, usually in the form of paint layers. A chair for instance may have had numerous paint jobs, some of which are beginning to rub off, revealing new hues underneath. This antique-style look can be achieved with a little DIY ingenuity and elbow grease as well, though - so don't be afraid to add your own distressing to a piece.