Some of the top features in a shabby chic design scheme make it the perfect type of style for someone who enjoys creating things and getting personal with design. If you’re the type who enjoys really making your space about you and your sense of style, then you should look into creating a room or a whole house decorated in shabby chic. Light fixtures are a fun element of the design because the more unique they are, the better.
Creating your own shabby chic chandelier is a popular option. You can make a chandelier from scratch using almost anything from a birdcage to a colander, or use an existing chandelier that you deck out in the way you want to make it fit your particular room. A hallmark of shabby chic is something that’s original, worn-looking and distinctive, so the more unique the shape and the embellishments, the better.
If you start with an existing chandelier, look at what you can change. The finish is easy to change with something like enamel paint that can be sanded down in spots to give it an aged look. White or light colors are best, especially over a dark finish so that it can show through in places. Lots of dangling crystals and gemstones will add to the look, as most shabby chic chandeliers have a lot of these types of trinkets that catch the eye. Don’t worry about things like evenness or similarity. The more shapes, sizes and colors you have, the better. And don’t limit yourself to single crystals or pieces of glass.
Old costume jewelry with big gaudy stones can be dangled from the chandelier, as can things like feathers, tiny trinkets or toys, beads, shells or almost anything that really fits the room’s décor and makes a statement about you or your design.