The shabby chic style can be characterised by decor that is worn and aged in appearance. Second-hand and vintage pieces are essential if you want to successfully create this look in your home, so search out anything that has a bit of wear and tear to it. You can pick up older items of furniture in second-hand stores and at garage sales, or, alternatively, opt for newer furniture that has been distressed. When choosing what to furnish and decorate your room with, though, it’s important to remember that the shabby chic design style should exude warmth and charm, and should never seem stark and unwelcoming.
This dining room is a wonderful example of shabby chic. The room is decorated in welcoming neutral colours, whilst the table and seating display just a hint of scruffiness – it demonstrates how to achieve the perfect balance in what is a rather subtle design style.
Shabby, yet oozing pure elegance, this dressing table and mirror are proof that just because an item is a bit rough-around-the-edges, that doesn’t mean it should lack glamour.
It’s those little imperfections that really mark out the shabby chic design style, and giving a door more of a distressed look – much like the example above – is a quick and easy way to add just the right amount shabbiness to a space.
However, if you don’t want to make permanent changes to a fixed component of a room, such as a door, then why not make it a feature piece instead? The door above need only be a temporary addition to a space, allowing you to play around with styles and moods.
This office space is bursting with vintage style. And there’s just enough shabby to give the room a bit more character.
It doesn’t take much to give a room a shabby chic feel. The introduction of one or two items – like the peeling and scuffed mirror above – can be enough to completely change the personality of a space.
This headboard, made from reclaimed wooden doors, is an inspired choice, showing just what you can achieve with a little bit of imagination. And its contrast with the chandelier perfectly completes the room’s shabby chic style.
A must-have item in any shabby chic kitchen, this distressed-look cupboard has English country cottage written all over it.
If you’ve bought a few vintage pieces for your home, avoid the temptation to have them restored to their original glory (unless of course they’re falling apart!). This vintage chair has character and charm, two qualities it would lose if it were to be repainted and reupholstered.
These attractive shutters are yet another simple and easy way to bring the shabby chic style into your home.
Your quintessentially shabby chic interior – a neutral colour palette (in this case white), vintage items, traditional room features, and, of course, a couple of chipped and worn items of furniture to finish off the look.