3 Quick Tips to Shabby Chic Your Home

Shabby chic decor and furniture
Let's talk Shabby Chic. This cottage-style design combines antique decor, distressed furniture, and lots of vintage florals. Think English garden meets farmhouse cottage. Tucked into every nook and cranny is an antiqued element or piece of whitewashed furniture. Doily-lined end tables bookend a tufted sofa that’s draped with knit afghans and lacy throw pillows. Bedrooms are layered with ruffled pastel bedding and sheer drapery. This dreamy design style can be easily achieved with a few basic elements. Check out our top 3 favorite Shabby Chic decor essentials.

Shabby chic decor and furniture

Whitewashed Furniture

One of our favorite parts of this design style is the rustic, country flair of whitewashed and distressed furniture. A distressed wooden china cabinet or buffet will add a charming touch to your kitchen or dining room. Look for a farmhouse-style coffee table or rustic end tables to add a country touch to your living room. For the bedroom, you can tie in antiqued nightstands or a whitewashed armoire to lend a Shabby Chic touch.


Vintage Florals

If you haven’t already noticed, granny florals are all the rage. From the classic tea rose to playful paisley, floral prints are a Shabby Chic staple. Don’t be afraid to mix-and-match floral patterns throughout your space. Play with various floral designs in complementary colors. We love throwing in a bold floral print to break up a neutral furniture group or dinnerware set.


Antiqued Accents

Antiques and vintage decor are essential to a Shabby Chic look. There’s little better than digging through antique store shelves for unique finds. You can also recreate the look of vintage decor without breaking the bank on expensive antiques. Look for vintage-inspired home decor like ceramic crocks, blue mason jars, distressed metal bird cages, burlap-covered boxes, and old fashioned trunks to place around your space.

For more great style inspiration, check out our guide to Shabby Chic Furniture & Decor.