Relaxed but elegant, posh but friendly – this is why every home decorator has a shabby chic scheme in them waiting to get out
Whether you love or hate it, you can’t deny it – shabby chic is the look that lives on. Make it your own with an industrial edge or add a little colour to give it a boho vibe. Check out these ideas for a hit of shabby love…
1. This homely kitchen
The sheer sophistication of that deep grey wall takes a cute country kitchen to a whole new style level.
2. This adorable work room
Part practicality, with its basic workbench and filing drawers; part grandeur, with its sweeping curtain and antique coat rack. All in all, a place to be inspired.
3. This attic bedroom
Mix rough, painted floorboards and plain white walls with antique-style furniture and a faded Persian rug and you’ve nailed it.
4. This sociable dining space
Rustic wall panelling and some vintage-look finds go a long way to making a small space punch above its weight in the style stakes.
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5. This French-inspired table setting
The minute you add silver candlesticks and statement glassware to basic white china and hopsack linens… le shabby, c’est chic!
6. This beautiful old timer
If you want your shabby chic look to be authentic, hunt down a characterful junk-shop antique like this. Or, fake it by trying a paint-distressing technique on a newer piece.
7. This bohemian salon
Love colour? Give shabby chic a boho twist by breaking away from white and working in some pretty pastel shades.
8. This perfect linen store
Turn out-of-season sheets and cushions into a gorgeous display by lining the back of an old armoire or glazed bookcase with the same wallpaper that’s on your wall.
9. This chateau-chic dining room
Choose trad pieces for your dining space, but mismatch them to create a more informal feel.
10. This dream boudoir
Personalise a posh look with a mix of cushions and jewellery displayed in empty vintage picture frames.
11. This warm and welcoming kitchen
Leaving one stand-out piece unpainted, like this fabulous table, is a great way to add warmth.
12. This bright and beautiful corner
Draw the eye to a lovely vintage piece with splashes of bright colour on fabrics, flowers or even by wallpapering your door panels.
13. This calm retreat
Everyone gets excited about high-glam, boutique-style bathrooms, but this room looks like the perfect place to kick back and enjoy some peaceful me-time.
14. This princess’s hideaway
Painted vintage furniture and cottage roses on the walls create a look she’ll keep loving as she grows.
15. This upcycled treasure
Make a junkshop find your own with contrasting paint and wallpaper remnant lining to make the ideal storage for hardback classics and pretty knick knacks.
Love this look? Find 10 more shabby chic style ideas here.