Be inspired by these beautiful country rooms and work the iconic trend into your own home
Timeless, feminine, and the epitome of rustic charm, shabby chic is one of our favourite country trends. The iconic term was first coined 20 years ago and it’s still going strong today, with many choosing to bypass expensive furnishings in preference for worn and well-loved pieces, from a distressed dresser to faded fabric hand-me-downs.
Love the look? Country Homes & Interiors show you how to achieve it in your own home with inspiring images from stunning rooms already rocking shabby chic style…
1 Set the scene for a romantic country look in the bedroom with an antique French-style bed; elaborate carvings introduce an opulent feel, pared back by layered lace throws, linen cushions and homespun blankets. A weathered bedside table matches natural wooden beams and flooring for homely cottage charm.
2 Vintage flea-market finds do all the talking in this home office thanks to a plain white scheme. The salvaged iron chair has timeworn appeal, emphasized beautifully by understated textiles in simple ticking prints. A retro desk lamp adds a pop of muted colour, while whitewashed walls allow antique artwork to shine.
3 Take shabby chic into the bathroom with a roll-top bath and traditional white fittings. Paint a wooden farmhouse-style wall cabinet and elegant over-the-sink mirror in matching shades of sage green for a coordinating look that doesn’t compromise on eclectic appeal.
4 Create a decadent dressing area fit for a queen with an ornate oversized mirror hung above an antique table. Faded florals are a key ingredient in any shabby chic interior – the painterly motifs on these fabric lampshades introduce a pretty feminine touch, whilst jewellery hung on silver gilt stands keep the look glam.
5 This distressed wooden dresser creates a relaxed vintage feel in kitchens and dining rooms. Wallpaper off-cuts mounted behind shelves and in drawers is a great upcycle tip for adding your own personal touch to pre-loved pieces. Pile it high with accessories found at car boot sales, from bold gold-plated frames to delicate glass bottles and chinaware.
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6 No shabby chic dining space would be complete without a well-worn table. Although white is key, pastel hues also contribute to the look – paint and distress chairs in mismatched shades for a modern twist. Beaten-up enamelware and chipped china work wonderfully as planters for fresh flowers – a great centrepiece idea.
7 Rummage through fleamarkets and vintage fairs to find a weathered garden table set such as this. Colour co-ordinate pink hues in different elements of your garden space to highlight the shabby-chic look; soft furnishings, pretty painted pots and freshly bloomed flowers all add to the charm of this picture-perfect setting.