Shabby Chic Furniture & Decor Ideas

Shabby Chic is all about a collection of the things you love in a space you adore. This type of decor is beloved for celebrating the beauty of aging objects that transform a house into a well-loved home.

Design 101

Shabby Chic Style

Shabby Chic is a decor style that uses aged furniture and other items to create a vintage look within the home. Worn around the edges or gently broken in, Shabby Chic is the perfect balance between luxury and lived-in. Frills and ruffles lend to a comfortable and soft space. Distressed furniture and vintage home decor bring intimacy to luxurious spaces, cozy up a large room, and utilize the nooks and crannies in your home.

For the decor enthusiast who strives to use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without, Shabby Chic is your cup of tea. Whether you prefer a terraced house in a misty London borough or a whitewashed cottage tucked into a rural hillside, this type of decor is beloved for celebrating the beauty of aging objects that transform a house into a well-loved home. It's all about a collection of the things you love in a space you adore.

Shabby Chic Living Room Color Palette

Color Palette

From taupe to mint green, a Shabby Chic color palette can include white, pastels, and creams. Start with a favorite neutral and work in rose quartz tones and muted greens to get a true Shabby Chic look. Add flair with pops of teal and turquoise or bold pinks and reds.

Shabby Chic Style Elements

Burlap

For all of Shabby Chic's soft and billowing textiles, there is the organic and natural roughness of burlap to balance the look. This coarse textile is popular because it adds edge and texture to pretty places.

White Wash Wood

In place of perfectly polished furniture, Shabby Chic embraces whitewash and layered, chipped paint. Texture and age are celebrated as a sign of well-loved furniture.

Lace

Lace is dainty and delicate, making it a breezy companion to cottons and muslin cloth. From curtains to table runners, lace has always been a classic element of Shabby Chic.

Metal

Tin and aluminum work best in a Shabby Chic environment when there's some wear and tear. Painted, sanded, and distressed metals create old-fashioned country charm.

Shabby Chic Patterns

Floral

Giving the feel of an English Cottage, peonies and tea roses bloom across faded backgrounds. Unmistakably prim and ladylike, these tiny blossoms can be incorporated into Shabby Chic interiors with a light hand to draw attention to the details.

Paisley

Even though this pattern has origins in Moroccan decor, pastel paisleys make a delicate and interesting addition to any Shabby Chic room. Paisley offers intricacy to an otherwise simple room.

Stripes

Simple stripes lead the eye through your space to give the illusion of tall ceilings or a bigger room. For a toned-down Shabby Chic design, stripes can be light and neutral.

Damask

Reminiscent of the Renaissance, damask is back in lavish patterns with leaves, flowers, and feathers. This detailed fabric is unique because it comes in a huge assortment of colors and styles to help you take the chic up a notch.

Shabby Chic Living Room Ideas

Shabby Chic Living Room Ideas
A Collage of Shabby Chic Decor Items
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Tips

Use throw pillows to add patterns and solid blocks of color to create interest in an otherwise neutral design.

Shabby Chic Living Room Essentials

Shabby Chic Living Room Linen Items

Linen

Linen and muslin are a must in your Shabby Chic design. They create an inviting feel that will put you and your guests at ease. The light and airy qualities are perfect for layering and for filtering light in a dreamy way through curtains and lampshades.

Shabby Chic Living Room Distressed Furniture

Distressed Furniture

If there is a "must-have" element in Shabby Chic, it's distressed furniture. Sanded, cracked, and peeling paint are a Shabby Chic staple. A weathered look dons chips, nicks, and scratches with grace.

Shabby Chic Living Room Storage

Storage

Shabby Chic easily incorporates storage as a decorating element. Trunks as side tables, wicker baskets for shoes and blankets, and curio cabinets to display treasures all bring character to a Shabby Chic living room.

Shabby Chic Living Room Treasures

Treasures

Shabby Chicists have admiration and affection for the stories every item has to tell. Hand-me-down lace, vintage vases, and crumpled cotton tell stories and add depth and texture to a design. Take time to find your storytellers.

Shabby Chic Dining Room Ideas

Shabby Chic Dining Room Ideas
Shabby Chic Dining Room Ideas
Shabby Chic Dining Room Ideas

Shabby Chic Dining Room Essentials

Shabby Chic Dining Room Farmhouse Table

Farmhouse Table

Typically built from repurposed barn wood, farmhouse tables are characterized by their rustic design and solid wood construction. A sturdy table will ensure that it will stand the test of many shared meals with friends and family.

Shabby Chic Dining Room Crystal Chandelier

Crystal Chandelier

A crystal chandelier is an upscale accent piece that adds sparkle and contrast to a well-worn dining room. A Shabby Chic chandelier offers a soft sense of luxury for those who just want a dash of elegance in their Shabby Chic dining room.

Shabby Chic Dining Room Mismatched Seating

Mismatched Seating

A large farmhouse table calls for plenty of seating. After all, the more the merrier when you're living the Shabby Chic lifestyle. Choose mix-and-match chairs or bench seating to create a cheerful dining room.

Shabby Chic Dining Room Flower Arrangements

Flower Arrangements

Fresh or silk flowers in enchanting arrangements will bring a flower garden sentiment indoors. Shabby Chic flowers may include peonies, tea roses, wild flowers, and hydrangeas. Flower arrangements are also a great way to experiment with and change color accents when the mood strikes.

Shabby Chic Bedroom Ideas

Shabby Chic Bedroom Ideas

Shabby Chic Bedroom Essentials

Shabby Chic Bedroom Pastel

Pastel

Petal pinks and powder blue are key when creating a soft sleeping space. Choose a shade that elicits a relaxing emotional response. For you, that may be white, but be sure to consider other colors in soft tones.

Shabby Chic Bedroom Ruffles

Ruffles

Ruffles can be classy and timeless without looking fussy or over-the-top. Pintucked duvet covers, comforters, and curtains with ruffles can add the perfect touch of Shabby Chic to your space.

Shabby Chic Bedroom Pretty Patterns

Pretty Patterns

Shabby Chic embraces the use of sugar, spice, and everything nice. The options for pretty patterns in a Shabby Chic bedroom are endless. Toile, floral, quatrefoil, and stripes all belong in the little details that make this bedroom yours.

Shabby Chic Bedroom Keepsakes

Keepsakes

Find joy in being the curator of your most cherished memories. Pull meaningful trinkets into a collection to display on shelves or dresser tops. Your favorite, pretty little things will bring positive energy and a calming demeanor, setting the tone for your day.

Updated September 15, 2016