If you love the shabby chic look but you’re short of cash, here are some great ideas for accessories that you can buy on a budget. You can get every single item on this page for under £100 and still have change!
Shabby chic rose garland
One of my favourite ever finds, this wired fabric rose garland comes in a perfect vintage pale pink. Each part of the garland: the roses, leaves and the stem itself, is wired which allows you to place it around a picture, headboard, fireplace or balustrade. The roses have a frosted coating which gives them an aged look. The garland is 180 centimetres long and includes 15 Roses. At just £6.99 it’s a brilliant budget buy. Buy it here.
Shabby chic bedding
I love Catherine Kidston but my purse won’t quite stretch to Catherine Kidston prices! So you can imagine how excited I was when I found this gorgeous bedset for just £15.25 £15.46 – a complete bargain. It’s not exactly the same colour as the picture – it’s actually a much nicer powder blue colour and much easier to match with other accessories. It is really good quality for the price. One side of the cover is sky blue with a bold floral pattern and the reverse is aqua with a white polka dot design, both are equally lovely. It has a popper fastening and the fabric feels nice against the skin – not at all rough or scratchy. Buy it here.
Heart fairy lights
These silver fairy lights are battery operated so you can put them anywhere without messy cables and they are so, so pretty. They look lovely hung across the fireplace although they’d look great around a mirror too – and they give the room a really warm, cosy feel as the golden light peeps through the filigree design. They look just as lovely when the lights are not actually on too. And at just £8.99 £7.49, they make a real feature for next to nothing. Buy them here.
I’m pretty sure you’ll understand why I’m in love with this adorable birdcage lantern. It is antique white and has been distressed to expose some of the bare metal underneath, so makes the perfect shabby chic accessory. At just £9.99 it’s worth every penny. The lantern has a removable glass tea light holder in the middle, and a hanging loop should you want to hang it up. It makes a beautiful alternative to a lamp on the bedside table. Buy it here.
This peg bucket oozes shabby chic charm, whether used on the washing line or in the house as an accessory. You could put pegs in this bucket, or (like me) you could opt for dried or plastic flowers (there are drainage holes in the bottom so you can’t put real flowers in there). There is room for plenty of pegs if that’s what you’re using it for – at least 70 fit in there comfortably – but I think it is too charming as a container to be left outside! The bucket is 18cm x 18cm and priced at just £7.00, it’s a really cheap but lovely addition for your home. Buy it here.
Large overmantle mirror
This large white ornate mirror is a perfect addition to the shabby chic home and is so cheap at £31.92 £61.34, I was left wondering if the seller had made a mistake (update: the Seller has since put their prices up but I think this still offers amazing value). With a 2″ frame, the mirror measures a generous 85cm x 60cm overall, and the quality is really good, not at all what you would expect for the money. I would say that the colour is a little off-white but that is consistent with the whole shabby chic look and not a concern. There are frame attachments for hanging provided (you will need to provide your own picture wire). The company that provides these really packs up the mirror well too, so you can expect it to arrive in perfect condition. Buy it here.
This gorgeous ornate metal framed birdcage ceiling light is the perfect addition to a shabby chic bedroom or hallway and is just £17.99 – it looks far more expensive! It comes in a creamy white finish and features acrylic beads and droplets.
The size of the shade is 25.5cm x 14cm x 14cm and it is safe for up to a 60 watt bulb which you can fit by just putting your hand in at the bottom – no need to take the shade off. It is a really well made, quality item that ought to cost a lot more than it does! Buy it here.