Love the shabby chic look? Possibly one of the most popular trends ever, shabby chic is still going strong almost 20 years after the term was first coined. An eclectic style that mixes antique furniture with pastel colours, lace and feminine florals, shabby chic is often also referred to as country chic or vintage chic.
If you love this soft and dreamy style, you’re in luck, because shabby chic design and vintage home decor is easy and inexpensive to achieve. At its most basic, shabby chic is upcycled or antiqued furniture, meaning you can either find old pieces cheaply, or buy modern furniture at a lower cost and give it a shabby chic makeover yourself.
Base your rooms around a white scheme, adding in pastel touches of duck egg blue, champagne pink and lilac for the ultimate shabby chic design. Natural flooring or white washed floorboards will also add to your theme, as will earthy accents. Opt for wooden benches, shabby chic shelves and floral soft furnishing to complete your look.
Take shabby chic style into the bathroom with vintage fittings and unique accessories that you can make yourself, or expand into the garden with a vintage summerhouse and upcycled outdoor furniture.
Read on to see beautiful shabby chic rooms and learn all the tips and tricks for creating the perfect shabby chic home from our experts. From the best place to pick up vintage finds, to simple decorating tips to achieve the look on a budget, we have everything you need to achieve shabby chic style in your own home…
A predominantly white scheme such as this pretty living room is a classic shabby-chic look. Soft faded linens and sheer drapes lend a peaceful, quiet air whilst salvaged wooden furniture and a pretty chandelier add relaxed glamour. Laura Ashley has a good range of chandeliers, while The White Company is a one-stop shop for this look.
This isn’t a look you can find on the high street; it’s all about celebrating beauty in the patina of aged objects. This oversized mirror is a classic example; it has a beautiful, burnished finish which adds character and personality to a simple white living room.
Although white is a key element of the style, soft pastel colours such as sky blue or pale pink also contribute to the look. This distressed sideboard in a soft duck-egg blue has been piled with vintage china for a relaxed and pretty feel. John Lewis has a good range of colourful vintage-style tea sets.
Keeping the walls and floor simple with a coat of whitewash allows accessories to really shine. In this shabby-chic dressing room a vintage chandelier, colourful eiderdowns and mismatched paintings are the stars of the show. Laura Ashley has a good selection of vintage-inspired chandeliers, and you can pick up pretty floral paintings on Etsy.
Shabby-chic aficionados are a creative bunch as this is a look that thrives on vintage finds. This bathroom is a perfect example of how to try shabby chic decorating ideas on a budget – a salvaged cupboard, antique mirrors and a vintage console table used as a vanity unit tick all the style boxes. Wayfair has a good selection of room dividers and console tables to help with this look if you can’t find genuine vintage items.
Proving this is a style that works in every room, this home office has mastered the look thanks to the whitewashed walls, soft linen cushions and the salvaged iron chair which stands out as the centrepiece of this simple scheme. OKA has linen cushions in a wide range of colours. Several of the desk lamps at John Lewis come in turquoise or blue to complete the look.
Be inspired by the shabby chic decorating ideas in this beautifully light bedroom, with chalky white walls, painted floorboards and a classic rug. Choose an iron bed and dress with a vintage quilt and bed cushions in faded floral fabrics, and a white bedspread. Go for upcycled, painted furniture, such as matching painted bedside tables and add quirky, vintage-style table lamps or mirrors to give the room a relaxed, shabby chic feel.
Choose a pastel palette for your shabby chic living room scheme theres no rule that says this look needs to be white. Create this painterly look with wallpaper, a rustic sideboard and painted bookshelf or dresser to display glassware and glazed ceramics. The key is to balance rustic wood pieces, such as a sideboard or coffee table, with smart soft furnishings.
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With a bathroom as cosy and beautifully lit as this, who would want to leave? Neutral wall and floor tiles, antique white paint and a rolltop bath create a rustic look. Try the shabby chic decorating ideas in this bathroom and opt for vintage furniture, such as a painted white chest of drawers or wooden bathroom cabinet, which can be used to store toiletries and spare towels. Choose a wooden bath bridge and plenty of tealights for a calm, relaxing space.
This bright and beautiful white kitchen has been fitted with painted tongue-and-groove panelling. The wooden kitchen cabinet and worktop with vintage-style taps lend a rustic look. Store glasses, jars and colourful kitchenware on shabby chic shelves for an informal kitchen, where everything is easy to access and looks vibrant on display, too. Some accessories are just too pretty to hide away…
The beauty of shabby chic is that you can opt for this style in the smallest living spaces. Here a neat two-seater sofa with a loose white cover has been teamed with pretty vintage floral cushions. Decorate walls in a dove grey to create a restful backdrop, with a mirror above the sofa to create the illusion of space. If your living room has alcoves, fit made-to-measure shelves to display decorative accessories.
Theres something so lovely about this bright kitchen corner. Could it be the duck-egg blue paint shade? Flowers by the window? Or the oversized clock that makes the perfect accessory for this spot. To add a little shabby-chic style to your kitchen or utility room, introduce pretty enamelware for storage, a wooden tray for glasses and fit panelling to create a characterful vintage look.
The bright open space of a conservatory lends itself well to the shabby chic look. Choose classic woven conservatory furniture and create an elegant feel buy painting an adjacent wall in a fresh blue-grey shade. For soft furnishings, mix and match striped and floral fabrics with plains for seat covers and cushions. Hang vintage bevelled mirrors and finish with plenty of fresh flowers and potted plants.
Give your hallway a shabby chic makeover! With this style its fine for paint finishes to look at little distressed. Paint your staircase and balustrade in white or grey and allow use to relax the finish over time. Decorative lettering is a lovely way to add interest to a staircase or landing or add a statement mirror here a recycled window frame fitted with glass works perfectly.
This beautiful white kitchen has all the charm of a country cottage, but with a shabby chic twist. White walls keep the look fresh and highlight the original wood beams. Freestanding cabinets and open shelving create the relaxed shabby chic look, along with a painted vintage chair and colourful floral teacloths to make this room pretty as a picture.