Everybody is talking about it. The shabby chic style is one of the hottest condo interior design trends today. This style is characterized by simplicity, lots of texture and a feel of nature. Think French country – simple and cozy.
The fun challenge is in creating and executing decoration ideas for small spaces. Condo living is gaining popularity in the National Capital Region and key cities all over the Philippines. According to Andy Mañalac, President of the National Real Estate Association, condo tenants are no longer limited to expats. BPO workers and millennials are now appreciating the convenience of living within a condo community.
If you are considering of moving to a condo, you may want to try out hip design elements that reflect your personality. Learn about decorating tips and ideas that incorporate the shabby chic design.
A shade of shabby chic
The beauty of living in a DMCI Homes condo is the freedom to create your own world through a condo design of your choice. Bring the farmhouse vibe into your home by painting your walls white. Your plain walls shall serve as a canvas for a combination of pastel palette: cream, pink, mint, yellow and light grey. Explore other shabby chic shades such as French linen, velvet plum, lily and old white.
The beauty in salvaged furniture
For easy chic living room decorating ideas and design, go over your old furniture. Refurbished items are the core of the shabby chic style. It may be an old dresser, your grandmother’s vanity mirror or a charming antique chandelier. Repaint the furniture, add pearl and ribbons and place it strategically in your living room.
The entryway to your vintage heart
One trademark of the shabby chic interior design is an old paneled door that reminds us of the glorious 1920s. You can also recycle an old rustic door, splash a bit of pastel paint and bring a barn house feel in your condo.
The whitewashed shabby chic floor
When planning for a shabby chic design for your floor, think old country. Install weathered cream wood stained floor, white-painted wood floor, or bohemian floor tiles. For a more affordable alternative, you may opt for Victorian-style wool carpets and rugs.
Dramatic shabby chic drapes
The French country condo interior design is incomplete without beautiful curtains. Choose pastel-colored drapes or lilac gypsy ruffled curtains. You may explore other shades and add drama by using vintage curtain tie back pins.
Repainted cabinets for a rustic vibe
Your living room design tells so much about you. A shabby chic living room suggests a highly unique occupant. The classic design elements manifest the qualities of a motivated and well-read individual. Boost the rustic vibe with hand-painted cabinets. You may go for one with vintage windows or a repainted old dresser.
Because books never go out of style
American politician and education advocate Horace Mann once said: “A house without books is like a room without windows.” Let Charles Dickens, Pablo Neruda, and Cicero lounge in your condo living room. Repurpose an old cabinet or dresser into a shabby chic bookshelf. You may also reuse old doors by adding shelves and hand-painting it with pastel palettes.
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Decorative mirrors are condo essentials that are worth your budget. They are both functional and ornamental. For your living room, choose a glamorous Venetian mirror or one that resembles a cottage window. A large square Baroque mirror is perfect for your bedroom as well as a French blue vanity mirror.
“…one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” – H.C. Andersen
A pretty flower display is one of the essential shabby chic condo decors. You can be as creative as you can in choosing a vase or flower holder. A rustic mini pail or mason jar vases will do the trick. You may also hand-paint used milk glasses with pale shades of blue, green or yellow. Pick pastel-colored flowers such as pink roses, carnations or dahlias.
Glamorous chandeliers in every room
A beautiful chandelier is the crowning glory of your condo home design. It is also an important element of the shabby chic style. Choose antique lighting from bargain shops or do-it-yourself mini chandeliers. You can complement the effect on vintage chandeliers by draping pearls or adding flowers.
Fall in love with lacy lampshades
Lamps, similar to mirrors, are functional and aesthetic. This design element is one of the chic condo design trends for 2016. Restyle your lampshade with laces, ribbons and beaded trim. If you’re a minimalist, you may use a vintage linen as lamp cover. There is a wide array of antique floor lamps in secondhand shops for your living room.
Cozy up on your shabby chic sofa
Soft faded linens stir a peaceful and cozy feeling. Choose a white- or cream-colored sofa and add throw pillows in pastel cases. You can also design your own pillow cases with beautiful embroidery or crochet lace.
Shabby chic it your way
The rule of shabby chic style is there is no rule. Feel free to mix and match colors, furniture and vintage finds. Set a trip to an antique shop or the neighborhood bazaar and pick old cabinets, rustic doors and lots of laces. Let your imagination flow and create your own condo design trend.
The French country interior design is only one of the many options you have for your condo. In choosing a design element, go for one that speaks about your personality. Does it stir a happy feeling or not? Do your home pieces inspire you to be creative and productive? DMCI communities offer interior design inspirations for homeowners and tenants. Look around your resort-style surroundings and draw in ideas for your condo design.