14 Shabby Chic Living Room Ideas to Enhance Romance

Worn painted furniture and faded chintz curtains and fabrics evoke the aura of Old World vintage comfort. This collection of 14 shabby chic living room ideas is sure to stir a bit of romance in your decorating heart!

Shabby Chic Living Room with Chintz CurtainsPhoto by Cabbages & Roses Ltd


Slip-covered furniture is often used to provide an updated look to worn but sturdy furniture. Incorporate a ruffle or two to increase the romantic feature.

White Shabby Chic Living Room with Slip Covered FurniturePhoto by Tracey Rapisardi Design


You’ll typically find whites and pastels in a shabby chic living room, but that’s not always the case.

Shabby Chic Living Room in White and Mint GreenPhoto by Todd Remington Architect


Shabby chic style started in Great Britain and the term was coined by World of Interiors magazine back in the early 1980s.

Old World Vintage Mirror Above Fireplace MantelPhoto by YAWN design studio, inc.


The romantically vintage decorating style didn’t become popular in the U.S. until the 1990s – about the time Rachel Ashwell created her Shabby Chic furniture line and published a book by the same name.

Shabby Chic Living Room with Mercury Glass VasesPhoto by Kasey Buick


Cotton and linen fabrics are typically found in the shabby chic living room. Whites and pastels are favorite colors and if fabric is new, it can be tea stained to create a worn, vintage look.

White and Pastel Living Room with White Coffee TablePhoto by Tracey Rapisardi Design


Chandeliers dripping with crystals are another favorite staple of shabby chic style.

Crystal Chandelier in Living Room with White Slip-Covered SectionalPhoto by Dreamy Whites


When it comes to color in a shabby chic living room, think pink, pale blues and grays, and faded mint green.

Shabby Chic Living Room with Prairie StylePhoto by Amy Neunsinger


Romantic decorating styles can be vintage and comfortable, or possess a little Old World glam.

Living Room Decorated in Old World Glam StylePhoto by Benjamin Moore


Cottage style also lends itself well to the shabby chic look. Don’t be afraid to toss in a bit of color!

Cottage Style Living Room in White with Colorful AccentsPhoto by


Use vintage finds in new ways when decorating a shabby chic living room. Curtains become a soft backdrop on a wall while an old trunk serves as a coffee table.

Beach Style Living Room with Trunk for Coffee TablePhoto by Elms Interior Design


Don’t feel like you always have to turn to white if you love shabby decor. A dark patterned wallpaper looks fabulous with painted floors and slip-covered furniture.

Patterned Wallpaper and Painted Floors in Vintage Living RoomPhoto by Юрьева Галина | Interior Design and Decorating |


Even Rachel Ashwell uses darker walls in a shabby chic living room. This one is filled with vintage appeal from the chandelier to the painted furniture and oriental rug.

Vintage Living Room in Dark Tones and Slip Covered FurniturePhoto by Amy Neunsinger


If you’re a fan of shabby chic decorating, you’ll enjoy any one of these beautiful books!

Shabby Chic Decorating Books

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  1. My sister loves the Shabby Chic aesthetic and your post on this subject inspired me to order one of Rachel Atwell’s coffee table books as a Christmas gift this year for her. One gift idea to cross off my list. Thank you.

  2. We’re moving to a new home next month and these rooms are inspiring 😇

  3. Marlene Stephenson says:

    I get the magazine Romantic Homes and she has a lot of features in those. I did pin some of these, thanks Jennifer i enjoyed .

  4. I love shabby chic! Funny, most of the blogs I read are not decorating that way! Lol
    I would like to subscribe to some shabby blogs! It would be great if you could do a post introducing us to some! I noticed you like this style as well! ☺

  5. Shelly, I agree, would Love Love to see more Shabby Blog’s

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