Shabby chic kitchens are a wonderful combination of rustic edginess and understated glamour. This style of kitchen decor has its roots in country kitchen style but emphasis is on the practical rather than the pretty. It differs from classic country kitchens by featuring modern industrial – as well as rustic – influences that can bring a real sense of eclectic style to the very heart of your home.

Whites and neutrals are favourite decorating colour palettes in the shabby-chic kitchen. Use them on ceilings, walls and floor too (if you dare) and they will create a bright and vibrant stage for essential fixtures and fittings in your cooking area. Many shabby-chic kitchens will extend white tones on to cabinetry, appliances, lighting and storage for a cool and ultra-chic feel.

1. Create character in a contemporary extension with a rough-luxe kitchen

Shabby chic style isn’t restricted to cosy country kitchens, as this light, bright contemporary kitchen extension shows. All the hallmarks are here, from the limewashed wooden floors and mismatched vintage chairs to the open shelving and industrial lighting (these are on a grand scale to match the space). The result is a rough-luxe finish that feels airy and welcoming.

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2. Choose free-standing furniture for a rough and ready space

Free-standing kitchen furniture is a great way to achieve the shabby chic look. This glass-fronted painted cabinet both stores and showcases an eclectic collections of plates, ceramics and serveware. Rough wooden accents and wood panelling bring a more casual tone to the space.

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