Looking for shabby chic bedroom ideas?
Shabby chic is essentially a country look, with an elegant, often French-inspired twist. Relaxed at its heart, shabby chic style is an infusion of time-worn furniture, a pale palette and dainty florals and tea-stained linens - making it perfect for your bedroom.
A predominantly white or pale neutral scheme is a classic shabby chic look, and is ideal if you want to evoke peace and tranquility in your bedroom scheme. Colours in keeping with this way of living tend to be soft, palatable tones such as mint, dusky rose, seafoam green and creams, and crisp, clean whites that will blend with any colour scheme.
Take shabby chic style into the bedroom with floral fabric and distressed furniture that you can make yourself, or expand into the dressing room with vintage hanging rails and coat hangers.
Visit antique fairs, auctions and salvage yards for your furniture. This look is all about celebrating beauty in the patina of aged objects. Whether you love or hate it, you can't deny it, the shabby chic trend is here to stay.
Don't miss these brilliant small bedroom ideas.
1/16 Add a little romance
Rest up with a touch of romance in your bedroom. Update a vintage setting with a stylish streamlined four-poster bedstead. Hang a modern floral wallpaper and choose a few pretty floral accessories in similar shades. Pair your pretty buys with distressed furniture and enamel lighting for a contemporary take on shabby-chic style.
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Pale & Interesting
2/16 Decorate in pastel shades
Although white is a key element of the style, soft pastel colours such as sky blue or dusky pink also contribute to the look. Pale, sumptuous bedding adds a light, restful atmosphere to the bedroom decor. Look for subtle patterns or details accentuated by intricate needlework, like pin tucks.
3/16 Be inspired by a modern take on Shabby chic
Create a classic yet pretty look in your home with an abundance of florals and feminine
details, such as these statement light pendants and the fabulous vintage prints applied to
the walls with decorating tape. This scheme mixes up prints featuring
different flower types, such as roses, hydrangeas and hollyhocks - the
more the merrier - all perfect for a shabby chic bedroom.
4/16 Make it festive
Ditsy florals and celebratory bunting bring more than a hint of 1940s
style to a bedroom. Use soft furnishings to add a punchy patchwork layer
of stripes, dots and pretty flower prints to an otherwise white scheme.
An off-beat sequin cushion or two gives this type of scheme a fresh
5/16 Introduce practical storage
Take inspiration from a boudoir boutique by having your clothing on display. Hanging rails and glass-fronted cabinets can be used to display bright sweaters and pretty scarves and add colour to a bedroom scheme. This is a great idea if you have lots of pretty dresses, suits and shoes that you want to show off. Wood makes such an unexpected statement in this dressing room. Don't be discouraged by sourcing salvaged wood - any dents and scratches become part of the patina of age.
6/16 Create a tranquil environment
Decorate a bedroom with soft blues and greys to create a serene space
designed to encourage tranquil evenings and a good night's sleep. Don't
overdo it with patterns; if the walls are covered with a patterned
wallpaper design, opt for fresh, white bedding and simple curtains.
7/16 Keep it simple
Bring a feminine touch to a pure white bedroom with subtle pink
accessories such as floral bunting and fresh cut flowers. Adding gold
handles to a white bedroom chest will give it understated glamour, while
an retro-style mirror adds traditional charm.
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8/16 Factor in florals
Add wow factor to a dressing table. Combine pretty floral accessories
with distressed furniture and enamel lighting for a contemporary take on
shabby-chic style. A floral mug, ditsy stationery and white mirror sit
stylishly together, while the black flex and copper fitting on the
pendant add an industrial touch.
9/16 Layer bedding
Base your bedroom around a white or cream scheme, adding subtle touches of colour, pattern and texture. Complement a classic iron bed by layering vintage-inspired bedlinen to create a cosy, kitsch scheme that wouldn't look out of place in a rustic country pile.
10/10 Create a dressing area
Don't be afraid to use colour in your scheme. Bright furniture such as this fun patchwork cube (used here as a stool) are used to bring vibrancy to this bedroom. Neutral walls and carpet are the perfect background for bold pattern and colour choices in soft furnishings and accessories. The shabby chic dresser is a lovely addition to the room, giving it another country-style element. Reclaimed lumber can be stripped and made into a table, or an existing piece can be whitewashed for that signature, worn, distressed look.
11/16 Invite vintage trinkets into your space
Bring together a few well-chosen accessories and use them to create a pretty display. Updating this console table with a colourful floral wallpaper has given it a new lease life. A few well chosen accessories can easily rejuvenate an existing bedroom scheme. Here, vintage glass jars, jewellery stands and trinkets enhance the eclectic, shabby-chic feel.
12/16 Think in pink
Dusky pink wallpaper combined with a wood-effect design gives a relaxed feel in the bedroom. Layer the bed with soft pink and lavender linens. Against simple, pale-pink walls, all those natural and woven textures will stand out beautifully.
13/16 Paper with ditsy florals
If you know you are going for a strong theme or trend in your bedroom, then pick out wallpaper that will complement and emphasise your theme. Here, floral wallpaper and shabby chic furniture create a pretty, feminine look in this quaint country bedroom. If your room is on the small side, position a mirror above the bed to help bounce light around the space, thus creating the illusion of increased space.
14/16 Opt for distressed furniture
This shabby chic chest of drawers was the inspiration behind the pretty vintage scheme. A sanding, a couple of coats of paint and another sanding will give a piece that well-loved look. Further enhance this disntinctive look with dainty, vintage knobs to add colour and charm. Use black-out blinds and voiles to save on buying lined curtains.
15/16 Incorporate shabby chic into a child's room
Nothing says shabby chic more so than a cream or white scheme, but that doesn't mean it needs to be so vanilla. The vintage furniture and floral soft furnishings in this girl's bedroom creates a sense of fairytale charm. Keep the accessories complementary to the rest of the room scheme for a co-ordinated feel.
16/16 Go for classic pieces that will last a lifetime
Add a certain je ne sais quoi to your room with a classic armoire. Go for a pale painted model, which will show off the wardrobe's fancy filigree forms without overpowering the rest of the room. Keep the rest of the furniture simple and white, allowing your prize piece of furniture to take centre stage. Use a less-is-more approach for a cohesive scheme.
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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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