The shabby-chic decorating scheme lends itself so well to bathroom décor as the key elements can create a perfect sanctuary to relax in. It's foundations are country style but by adding a French twist and vintage accessories you can create a beautiful shabby chic style.
A neutral palette of off-white or cream walls makes a perfect starting point to offset this decorative scheme or why not enhance the femininity with soft pastel tones of pink or powder blue?
Furniture is where the term 'shabby' really comes into play. Often an eclectic mix of different styles in wood or ornate metal, distressed chalky storage pieces will bring in a French or Scandinavian element to the cottage character. With the opposite of a fitted bathroom in mind, a traditional roll top or slipper bath is a must, not only does it look luxurious but it will tie the assortment of furniture together. Ornate feet and a lived-in look are part of the shabby-chic charm so a reclaimed and well-loved tub is perfect. In the same instance, older fittings work well so choose traditional fixtures. If you are daring enough, look in antique shops as a Victorian style pull cistern will truly fit the part.
Finish the elegant look with decorative bathroom accessories that are pretty and delicate. Glass jars, tiny floral prints and pretty candles will all suit the relaxed and feminine Shabby-chic style for your bathroom.
1/20 Neutral shabby chic bathroom
Boutique hotel style and shabby chic go hand-in-hand and works well in this neutral bathroom scheme. The distressed chest of draws stands proudly under the cottage window and is decorated with a pretty wire mesh basket. A selection of storage shelves give the walls character while a painted eau de nil cupboard pick outs the soft ornate feet of the stunning roll top bath. Various votives and candles complete the inviting ambience and authentic shabby-chic style.
2/20 A Shabby chic Victorian bathroom
Fresh white tones, pretty florals and painted furniture bring a Scandinavian twist into this elegant Shabby chic bathroom. Subtle feature wallpaper creates interest while glass door handles adds delicate attention to detail.
3/20 Pink and white shabby chic bathroom
Shabby chic décor wouldn't be the same without romantic flower prints in pretty pastels. The satin pink roman blind and vintage style towel gives this neutral bathroom a feminine look. A single wooden chair has been used in place of storage for added interest while a wooden mirror completes the ladylike scheme.
4/20 Shabby chic slipper bath with double sink
A stunning slipper bath and traditional double sinks give this room an air of luxury. Iced pink tounge and groove walls and feminine tied back voile curtains make this a romantic and shabby chic space.
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5/20 Fresh white shabby chic bathroom
Smart wall-to-ceiling metro tiles give this shabby chic bathroom a modern industrial twist. A white on white palette keeps the look bright and spacious while a traditional framless mirror reflects light.
6/20 Pretty vintage shabby chic bathroom
A bright towel and vintage sign keeps the small shabby chic corner bold and bright. Pretty details like a dainty glass jar and traditional mirror are the perfect finish to romantic shabby-chic style.
7/20 Cream vintage-style shabby chic bathroom
Ideal for creating a shabby chic scheme, a high level cistern is a classic key piece to the traditionally vintage look. Cream tongue and groove enhances country charm, while a unfussy white washedmirror shelf is used to display colour co-ordinated accessories. Complete thefeminine scheme with pretty a heart motif decoration.
8/20 Shabby-chic bathroom with feature wallpaper
Super stunning trailing wallpaper gives this shabby chic bathroom an stylish modern twist. The distressed console table acts as a pretty dressing table with lean-to mirror and puts beautifu glass jars and accessories on display. A strategically placed rustic chair elegantly picks out an ornate storage cupboard keeping this fresh room firmly in the Shabby Chic zone.
9/20 Beautiful white shabby chic bathroom
This stunning freestanding bath tub with impressive circular shower takes centre stage in this beautiful white shabby chic bathroom.
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10/20 Calming shabby chic bathroom
This small bathroom has been made calm and inviting with a simple palette and pretty details. The roll top bath fits snuggly against a wall while a pretty shallow shelf with dainty doors keep the space clutter free. Above the bath an ornate wood decoration lends itself perfectly to the understated yet elegant shabby chic scheme.
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11/20 Luxurious shabby chic bathroom
A romantic floral wallpaper complete with hummingbirds and green foliage adds an undeniably feminine and vintage quality to this bathroom. A pair of ornate, French-style mirrors add to the rooms appeal, while 'his and hers' sinks offer all the luxury of a five-star hotel.
12/20 Rustic shabby chic bathroom
This bathroom makes the most of space with clever storage and pale colours. A Mark Maynard wire rack holds towels and toiletries, a gilded wooden wall-mounted stand from Cox & Cox stores soaps and bottles. The Fired Earth soft blue bath and Chadder & Co shower enhance the space, a table displays a basket with towels and a soap dish.
13/20 Green toile shabby chic bathroom
An oversized, scenic toile brings a romantic touch to the bathroom. The look has been completed with a blind in an oak-leaf print and trimmed towels.
14/20 Country-style shabby chic bathroom
An antique table makes a great wash stand. Create a bespoke atmosphere by perfuming the room with your favourite aromatic candles and reed diffusers.
15/20 Shabby chic bathroom with wooden finishes
A Belfast sink fits neatly in a small space behind the door in this compact bathroom and provides plenty of much needed storage space.
16/20 All-white shabby chic bathroom
Bring a classic upholstered chair and footstool into your bathroom, ready for lounging. Keep towels and robes stored nearby in a ventilated armoire.
17/20 Printed shabby chic bathroom
Layers of indulgent chinoiserie fabrics, floral panelled walls and striped wallpaper combine to create an aristocratic feel in this elegant bathroom.
18/20 Vintage shabby chic floral bathroom
The bathroom window is framed with pretty lace panels and the walls are papered in a gorgeous rose sprig design.
19/20 Smart shabby chic bathroom
Soft blue and cream creates a calm French-inspired bathroom, where freestanding antique-style pieces are mixed with modern fittings like round marble basins. Wall-mounted Chadder & Co taps keep lines clean, while matching silver framed mirrors, towel hooks, wastebins and wall lights echo the symmetry of the basins. Towels are stored in Oka baskets.
20/20 Shabby chic bathroom with vintage roll-top bath
This pretty bathroom has been furnished with reclaimed accessories for a vintage feel. An antique gilded mirror completes the look.
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Rachel Homer has been in the interiors publishing industry for over 15 years. Starting as a Style Assistant on Inspirations Magazine, she has since worked for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines and websites. After starting a family, she moved from being a content editor at Idealhome.co.uk to be a digital freelancer and hasn’t looked back.
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