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!
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.
You’ll typically find whites and pastels in a shabby chic living room, but that’s not always the case.
Shabby chic style started in Great Britain and the term was coined by World of Interiors magazine back in the early 1980s.
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.
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.
Chandeliers dripping with crystals are another favorite staple of shabby chic style.
When it comes to color in a shabby chic living room, think pink, pale blues and grays, and faded mint green.
Romantic decorating styles can be vintage and comfortable, or possess a little Old World glam.
Cottage style also lends itself well to the shabby chic look. Don’t be afraid to toss in a bit of color!
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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.
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.
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.
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Shabby Chic Decorating Books
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