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Shabby Chic Interior Design Ideas


Romantic. Feminine. Soft. Memorable. Those are a few choice words that could easily describe the Shabby Chic Interior Design style that evolved during the 1980’s – and continues to be a trendy and fashionable means of decorating your home today.

Shabby Chic Inspired Dining

Shabby Chic Inspired Dining

According to “The World of Interiors” design magazine, an interior designer named Rachel Ashwell is credited for coining the Shabby Chic term – which caught on like wildfire in the designing community and beyond. The concept of the decorating “Shabby Chic” is a brief reflection of a refined French Interior Design with a splash of British Elegance thrown in for good measure – but it’s also a term that defines a generation of home owners who have a soft side for restoring and refinishing furniture pieces from eras gone by.

What’s New Is Old Again

We’ve all heard the adage; “what is old, is new again”, right? To put a Shabby Chic Design in perspective, the twist is that it also works the other way around – “what is new, can be made old again”. Shabby Chic combines the respect and love for vintage antique pieces that are time worn and distressed, with soft pastels, roses, and air of romance that unite in a clever, comfortable style that has earned the respect of the interior designing industry and home owners alike.

Shabby Chic Inspired Design

Shabby Chic Inspired Design Living

How Do You Shabby?

  • Go On a Furniture Safari: Stop by the local flea market, second hand store or find an Estate sale in the neighborhood. You are on the hunt for older pieces with curved lines and an undeniable vintage flair. Shabby Chic furniture tends to be on the large side; comfortable, soft and inviting. For those that are creative; painting and stressing a furniture piece to reflect the time worn look achieve your end goal, as well.
  • Colorize Softly: White is recommended for the walls as it’s subtle and provides the perfect backdrop to the layers of soft pastels that will be interwoven; pastel pink, light beige, egg shell blues and other romantic combinations bring the color scheme full circle. Shabby wallpaper – which incorporates a floral motif – can be found in most stores and would also work well as it will play into the vintage elegance of this design.
  • Bring In The Fabrics: No rules to follow here as long as it compliments your decorating scheme overall. Consider softer fabrics that you might find in your Grandma’s attic, cotton, toiles, lace and chenille in beautiful prints, stripes, flowers or other patterns. Anything goes. Use fabrics for slip covers, arm chair covers, as well as for your Window Treatments.
  • Accessorizing: There is a certain sparkle to be added to a Shabby Chic flair, consider a beautiful chandelier that dances on the ceiling when the sunlight hits it, or picture frames that glisten with silver or gold – just enough that it will catch your eye. Toss pillows made with a vintage fabric on the sofa, and use a timeless throw made of vintage materials. You can’t go wrong with fresh flowers in crystal vases or live green plants.
Shabby Chic Inspired Corner

Romantic, Shabby Chic Inspired Corner

Although a Shabby Chic Design may have roots in Britain and France as it reflects an era of large and quaint country houses that scattered the countryside, it was really born only a few decades ago as sort of a counter-culture movement when expensive home decor became a fashion statement with the upper middle class.

Recycle, Restore, Re-purpose

Shabby Chic DecorShabby Chic borders on being referred to as “art” as the furniture element can often come from recycling and restoring vintage pieces that have long been forgotten. It is a unique, clever and almost crafty means of bringing a romantic, softer side to your everyday living. A Shabby Chic Interior Designer can help you learn more about bringing this style into your home.

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22 Responses to “Shabby Chic Interior Design Ideas”
  1. Susan says:

    Love the dining room! Where is it from?  Any details on it?

  2. simplicity is good, what else if coupled with the impression that a more condensed classic

  3. santoshrana says:

    what a great ideas for designing  interior decoration by “Shabby Chic”.He develops creativity for decoration.all the posts are really appreciated

  4. Excellent!
    Great article, I already saved it to my favourite,

  5. Guest says:


  6. The shabby chic concept of the interior design is seems inspired by country themes. The drapery made the bedroom look fancy.

  7. Tangledlovedecor says:

    great inspiration here!

    -TangledLove Decor

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  11. All the pics are really so good. Every thing is
    looking perfect in these pics.You have managed & compile really unique
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  12. Shed says:

    Shabby chic can mean a lots of things and you have also share wonderful ideas of shabby chic design. However, the value of shabby chic is the original quality of the piece. This is most comfortable style, it’s a style where one doesn’t have to worry about shoe on coffee table! Shabby chic is not for everyone, but for many people it is a great money saver.

  13. Marianero says:

    HelloNice design with superb color used.I really liked the design made.

  14. Berto sofa says:

    Nice pics.I really like the furniture in these pics.Thoroughly enjoyed the post. Eagerly
    anticipating what’s coming next.

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  16. Nick says:

    Nice designs.One of the best blogs I’ve read. I’ve recommended this blog to some of my colleagues. I’m sure they’ll find this useful as I found.Will definitely recommend to others. Good work. 

  17. michal02 says:

    HelloGreat job with great concept.I really like the post.Thanks for sharing this.

  18. Bath Linen says:

    Beautiful interior designs.Great job.I am looking for your more updates.Keep them coming.

  19. I must say that it’s a wow. They really are so impressive. I am planning to have an interior design which photos are being featured above.

  20. Nice furniture’s. You have done a great job. Thanks for shining the light on the world of interior design.Keep in touch with us.


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