How to decorate a garden in a shabby chic style

Spring is coming and it’s time to start thinking about the setting and decoration of your garden, where you’ll spend moments of cheer and joy with your family and friends.

The shabby chic style garden will evoke all the charm of past times, in an environment made of romantic details, slightly retro.

The main feature of the shabby chic style is the use of intentionally aged materials like wood or wicker, as well as the pastel shades and old items recovered from the grandmum’s garage and reinvented, giving them a new life. The shabby chic garden should look natural, rustic, although actually nothing must be left to chance. The plants will grow in an apparently disorderly manner, but you’ll have to arrange them carefully, so that they can create beautiful corners or flowering paths.

The preferred plants are climbing ones, because they give a natural look to the facade of the house. Wisteria, ivy, roses, vines, will colour porches and gazebos and will spread their good smell all around. Inside the old containers, such as tin buckets, wheelbarrows and jars of marmelade, you will settle seasonal flowers such as daffodils, violets, tulips and geraniums.

The garden furniture will be preferably in wrought iron and in shades of white or light blue.

Wood will be fine, as long as the effect is pickled or bleached; keep in mind, however, that wood requires more maintenance in outdoor spaces. Wicker is also good for the furnishing of a shabby chic style garden: you can choose it for outdoor seating areas, composed of armchairs, sofa and coffee table. Adorn your chairs with colorful cushions or with floral patterns and soft blankets in pastel shades.

If you have enough space, you can make secret corners in the garden, which will give the place a touch of romance with a vaguely retro charm. Just simply furnish them with a bench or two chairs and a table but if you really want to make a special place, you can complete the “bucolic picture” with a beautiful gazebo in white wood.

If you are planning to set up a vintage wedding in the garden, decorate the reception area with antique chandeliers, suspended candles and colorful flowers. The table must be surrounded by chairs of different styles, painted in different shades.

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