Shabby Chic: for an inviting autumn home
by Sara Costi
Autumn is here, bringing with it landscapes of unique beauty and the falling temperatures that’ll soon have us lighting fires and stoves and switching on the radiators. To make your home a warm, inviting place as the chill of winter is on its way, prompting us to spend much more time indoors, take some inspiration from the enveloping shades of the autumn leaves and the warm hues of nature.
Floors are the base of every furnishing style, and if you’re a fan of shabby chic style, I suggest creating a smooth transition between the various areas of the home, choosing the soft, warm beige and light brown shades of our porcelain stoneware tiles, inspired by the natural beauty of aged wooden boards. You’ll find these tones in the Antique Wood, Classwood, Country Wood or Ulivo collections, or on the porcelain stoneware strip tiles of Geowood, Newood, Parchi and Tavolato, where the extra-fine woven texture offers a faithful reproduction of the rare beauty of wood grain.
Antique Wood Moka
Antique Wood White, Listone Antique decoration
To create a smooth transition between rooms, I suggest you continue the look on the walls, choosing from among the numerous decor elements in the wood-effect or stone-effect collections to create niches able to bring a touch of distinction to your settings.
Stonewash Grey, Listone Wash Grey
In a shabby chic home, candles are a must. Place them in the bathroom next to the tub, on the shelf above the hearth, or inside large glass vases: they’ll not only brighten the room, but will also add a touch of sophisticated elegance. And for a romantic allure, add a few simple details, such as soft pouffes and cushions, wicker baskets, or some handmade decoupage picture frames.
To add a little character to the rooms in your home, you can play around with accessories and decorative details to enhance the bathroom, kitchen or living area: have fun creating compositions with natural elements and vanilla and musk fragrances straight from the woods, such as pine cones, leaves and berries; or use decorative pumpkins and chestnuts to create marvellous centrepieces for the table.
If you have a veranda, you might want to consider creating a pleasant winter garden: a bright setting to protect your most fragile, delicate plants and an inviting setting for some me-time where you can retire to for a quiet, relaxing read, or to do some painting or listen to your favourite music.
Live your home to the full, by surrounding yourself with beauty and simplicity…
by Sara Costi