Shabby Chic Flooring Design

Shabby Chic Flooring Design

Shabby chic flooring is an excellent way to add character and charm to any space. At Back to Timber, we are seeing growing demand for shabby chic flooring in family homes and alternative retail spaces. Whether you want to give your home a complete shabby chic makeover, or just love the look of shabby chic flooring, this article is for you.

What is the shabby chic design aesthetic?

The beauty of shabby chic is its versatility and humble elegance. Step into a shabby chic home, and your eyes will be filled with soft rustic colours, unique vintage finds, eclectic worn pieces, and delightful feminine accents that make this interior design style so special. Its origins trace back to an era of extravagance in the 1980s when opulence was everywhere. Those seeking an antidote to conspicuous finery found comfort in a romantic lived-in look full of personality instead. This truly timeless aesthetic continues to inspire us decades later!

shabby chic design aesthetic

What is shabby chic flooring?

Shabby chic flooring is all about texture, tonal contrast and imperfect beauty. It typically includes aged or distressed, natural-looking timber floorboards, in muted colours like grey, beige, and brown. Light paints, stains, and washes create the perfect backdrop for antique furniture pieces that bring warmth and sophistication into your home. This type of flooring can be used throughout your entire house or just as an accent in certain rooms.

incorporating shabby chic flooring into your home

Why choose shabby chic flooring?

Shabby chic flooring is a great choice for busy homes because it is practical and versatile. Whether it’s for a bustling family home or an elegant estate, shabby chic flooring offers the perfect combination of functionality and style.

Shabby chic styling is easy to maintain, as wear and tear from daily life simply enhances the character of your floor. For more information on maintaining your timber flooring check out our article on Looking After Your Timber Floors.

Why choose shabby chic flooring

How to incorporate shabby chic flooring into your home

Shabby chic flooring is perfect for making a room look instantly more homey. When choosing timber floorboards, opt for those that have been lightly distressed with hints of white or grey tones to give them an aged look.

One way to get the vintage, shabby chic effect is by using reclaimed timber. But, if you don’t have a pile of old timber around, or the skill to check and treat it properly, you can buy new flooring in a shabby chic style.

Choose new planks designed to take you back to a time of finely crafted floors that were lived on for generations. A brushed texture, achieved with a wire brush, or hand-scaped edges are popular options for this design style. Opt for a matte or low-sheen finish to really bring out the texture of the flooring and give it a less refined feel. Another alternative is a white washed style floor, which has a vintage feel and allows statement furniture pieces to take centre stage.

Shabby chic timber flooring ideas

Shabby chic timber flooring options

Below are some of our favourite timber flooring products for creating a beautiful shabby chic inspired home.

Shabby chic interior design

Now you have your flooring sorted, it’s time to accessorise it and round off your shabby chic room or property.

Shabby Chic Walls

Your walls and floor provide the base for your shabby chic design. Walls painted in soft hues, like white or beige, or even pastel pinks or blues are popular. Vintage-inspired wallpaper with a subtle texture can also work well. If your chosen wallpaper features bold patterns or colours, consider using it for an eye-catching feature wall. Timber planks that match or compliment your floor are also common on feature walls.

Shabby chic walls

Shabby Chic Rugs

If you are looking for the perfect way to add a touch of rustic warmth to your home, shabby chic rugs on a timber floor is the ideal choice. Whether it’s an antique Persian rug that’s been given a new lease of life or a simple cream-coloured shag, a rug will complete your shabby chic room. Opt for muted colours, as the combination of distressed wood and soft shades can create a warm, inviting atmosphere in any space.

If you really want to make a statement, choose a rug with vintage-styled patterns or florals. If the room has a feature wall, a simpler rug will prevent the space from looking too cluttered.

Shabby chic rug

Shabby Chic Furniture

The great thing about shabby chic styling is that it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Old furniture pieces from thrift shops or garage sales, or unique pieces with a rich history can really add to your shabby chic aesthetic. Tie together your flooring and furniture by choosing the same colour wood or stain. Distressed furniture, achieved with sanding and other techniques, is popular within this style. Alternatively, you can choose furniture that contrasts your flooring, for example, a white-washed floor with dark wooden furniture.

Shabby chic furniture

Shabby Chic Curtains and Soft Furnishings

Perfect your shabby chic interior with cozy, heavy fabrics. Natural materials like cotton, wool, and linen are top choices. Feminine florals and vintage fabrics will add warmth to your home. Incorporating soft throws and lace doilies is a great way to elevate the shabby chic aesthetic of any room.

Shabby chic curtains

Shabby Chic Decor Pieces

Think of touches that add character to the home. Family heirlooms, handmade accessories and antique pieces make a beautiful and meaningful addition to your shabby chic interior styling. Elegant chandeliers or ornate ceiling details are also popular. If you have a grand, antique piece of furniture in the room, keeping other elements simple will enhance your statement piece and prevent the room from feeling too crowded.

Whether they’re genuine antiques or brand new vintage-inspired items, charming accessories are a must. Crystal glassware and china pieces are the perfect accessories for a warm and inviting shabby chic house.

Shabby chic decor

In conclusion, timber flooring is an ideal option for creating a beautiful, comfortable shabby chic space. With the addition of rugs, furniture and decor items, timber flooring can create a shabby chic style that won’t end up looking dated. If you’re looking for shabby chic or any other style of flooring, the team at Back To Timber can guide you every step of the way.

To find out more about our range of floors, contact us or pop into one of our flooring showrooms.

Shabby chic interior design

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