Shabby chic is a beautiful blend of feminine and vintage qualities. The style is all about creating charm through repurposing old goods or using techniques to distress finishes on not-so-old furniture and other pieces. While you might think shabby chic is best reserved for a bedroom or living room where sumptuous fabrics and antique curios abound, you can enlighten and enliven your kitchen with this style, too. Your kitchen’s hardware and fixtures can complement your shabby chic theme more than you may think, and they’re the perfect place to start adding light, rustic touches.
Jewelry for your Cabinets
For some authentic shabby chic style, consider dolling up your cabinet doors with vintage hardware replacements in worn nickel or copper hues. Remember old is new again, and scope out local antique shops or peruse craft sites online to find what you’re looking for. Have fun shopping, and try not to get too hung up on perfection. The advantage of shabby chic is the ability to mix and match pieces — you can even use knobs and pulls that don’t match, but stick to one material, such as metal or glass.
Stylize Your Sink
To get even shabbier and chicer, replace your stainless steel hardware with rubbed bronze pieces. A dark rubbed bronze faucet, for example, will pop well against the pastel coloring prevalent in shabby chic curtains and dishtowels. Its texture looks worn and well-loved, which is what this design theme is all about. Actual brass fixtures also give a warm feel if you want to keep the colors a little lighter. Select faucets and handles with curves and flair as opposed to modern, straight shapes. A pull-down faucet with a teapot neck offers convenience and versatility with vintage personality. A two-handle centerset or widespread faucet looks infinitely more rustic than a single-hole faucet with one handle.
Furniture and Finishings
Your kitchen’s staple fixtures can truly enhance the shabby chic aura. Consider installing a drop-in farmhouse sink with an apron front for functionality and style. Look for well-worn woods. The eclectic, light look of shabby chic lets you use creativity in bringing the style to life. Embrace the imperfection by decorating with pieces that appeal to you. There’s no strict set of rules or guidelines with this look — choose what calls to you!