52 Ways Incorporate Shabby Chic Style into Every Room in Your Home

Shabby chic style, also sometimes known as farmhouse or cottage style and very similar to French country, is a very forgiving, warm, and friendly décor style to have. Many people are drawn to shabby chic styled spaces because they not only embrace imperfection, but they celebrate them.

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Some characteristics of shabby chic style are: simple and uncluttered, textural (e.g., wicker, wovens), natural (e.g., linen, burlap), and weathered or worn.

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While it might raise a few eyebrows, including your own, if you were to decorate your entire space in old, worn-out pieces, there’s something absolutely charming in striking a balance between the beloved and historic with the fresh and new. Here are 50 inspiring ways to incorporate shabby chic décor into every room of your home.{found on juliasvitadrommar}.

Shabby Chic Entryway.

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A pale blue frame is kept empty in this all-white entryway, almost taking the role of a simple piece of art.

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A weathered barn door is a fantastic piece of shabby chic décor…even if it leads to nowhere. Look how pretty!{found on thefancyshack}.

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A trademark of shabby chic décor is utilizing furniture in spaces they aren’t traditionally meant for. This large turquoise dresser makes a great entryway piece…with plenty of “hidden” storage.

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This entryway displays plenty of shabby chic décor traits, including weathered wood, chipped paint, woven baskets, burlap, and an overall simple aesthetic.{found on farmhouseporch}.

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An old wooden window of almost any shape, and IN almost any shape, makes a charming shabby chic entryway component.

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In the shabby chic vein of reusing and/or upcycling, how about this old door-turned shelf? Simply mount the door on the wall, add a chunky shelf and two corbels, and you’ve got instant shabby chic entryway style.

Shabby Chic Living Room.

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Ornate lighting fixtures, such as these candelabra-style wall sconces, add a bit of sophistication to a space that embraces the wear and tear of everyday life. It’s a balancing act, for sure.

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You don’t have to have every piece in your shabby chic décor looking worn out and chippy. Incorporating one or two weathered pieces into a simple living room design scheme will get the message across perfectly.

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Ornate, baroque styled furniture pieces accentuate nicely the shabby chic style. Perhaps because they are so opposite – one purposefully fancy, the other purposefully humble. Keep the color palette simple and neutral to make these two styles really sing in harmony.

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Once again, a weather-roughened wooden door leaning against the wall creates an instant sense of warmth, welcome, and home. Although it doesn’t act like a piece of furniture here, a weathered wood door is practically a staple of shabby chic furniture.

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Vintage furniture items, such as this delightfully paint-worn dresser in the living room, make lovely statement pieces and provide a foundation for showing off a collection of treasures. Just try to keep the collection well-edited.

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White slipcovers over larger living room furniture pieces and a weather-beaten trunk for a coffee table create charming shabby chic style in the living area.

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Floral curtains can be extremely versatile in a variety of styles, but these floral shabby chic curtains are paired to perfection with some worn oriental rugs and a rough wood stool.

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Specific wood details, such as the herringbone natural wood floor and the pale painted wood wall planks, create a lovely foundation for shabby chic style.

Shabby Chic Bedroom.

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Loads of layers and ruffles – especially in white or pale pastels – embody shabby chic bedding. The chic, feminine characteristics juxtapose nicely with the “shabby” aspect of shabby chic.{found on amyneunsinger}.

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A detailed, almost damask-esque, wallpaper in subtle hues provides a fancy backdrop to heartwarmingly shabby and simple pieces, such as this antique metal bedside table. I love how the hues of the bedroom itself are bright and crisp, while the shabby chic piece stands out in a golden way.

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Soft, pale color tones mixed with dreamy, almost ethereal whites, create the perfect shabby chic bedroom palette.

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A simple metal four poster bed frame creates verticality and elegance in this bedroom that has effective shabby chic elements.{found on cotedetexas}.

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Subtle shabby chic touches (e.g., painted planked wood floor, metal bedframe) mixed with glam elements (e.g., white chandelier, mirrored nightstands) produce a perfect soothing balance.{found on rigbyandmac}.

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Opting for natural fibers in bedding provides a lovely wrinkled, shabby chic vibe to the bedroom. Colors needn’t be matchy-matchy, but rather they should meld together in peaceful pastels.{found on juliasvitadrommar}.

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Keep in mind that, although many successful shabby chic bedroom spaces are mostly white, these rooms still need a grounding element. A woven or natural-fibered rug is an excellent, earthy way to provide this. (Plus, aren’t those pale blue glass vases just lovely?) {found on abeachcottage}.

Shabby Chic Kitchen.

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Plenty of slightly mismatched hooks on one side of the wooden island make this shabby chic kitchen not only highly functional, but particularly lovely as well.

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A chandelier in a white, vintage-y kitchen goes above and beyond the décor wow factor. Plus, that copper cake cover? I die.

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Many might be under the impression that shabby chic style must be ensconced in vintage finds. This is not true. A gleaming white kitchen with strategic farmhouse-style touches (e.g., the apron sink, faucet fixtures, hanging rosebud teacups) is still evocative of shabby chic style…without the vintage germs.

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Light wood beams and drop-down recessed lights on the ceiling, white subway tile for the backsplash, pale mint beadboard for the walls, and an open, airy feeling overall make this shabby chic kitchen so cheerful you’d expect the birds to fly up to the window and sing you a tune.

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Plenty of eclectic color and vintage pieces make this wood-tabled farmhouse kitchen a cozy, friendly space. A butcher block countertop and wood planked backsplash help to keep things down-to-earth.

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A burlap-upholstered bench, large wicker basket, and a severely weather-worn wooden island create an inviting section of the kitchen that people would want to hang out in.

Shabby Chic Dining Room.

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A diamond (diagonal checkerboard) motif painted in muted tones and antiqued on the top of this dining table provide a lovely subtle shot of shabby chic personality. Beautiful

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Keeping décor on the light and simple side of things is a critical element of fresh shabby chic style. Bright whites throughout this dining space keep the weathered furniture legs feeling intentional and fresh.{found on dreamywhites}.

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The combination of crisp, contemporary pendant lights and chunky horizontal stripes on the walls with the worn and battered dining room chairs in this exemplary shabby chic dining room is perfection.

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A stunning variety of earthy, natural textures, paired with a bit of antique glam, make this dining room a perfect shabby chic specimen.

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Muted blues create a fresh feeling amidst the shabby chic scheme. Paired with an antique-looking chandelier that still sparkles, these two elements make this dining room feel fresh, even crisp.

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Pared down forms, like this bare mannequin torso and simple white porcelain flower vase, bring out a feeling of appealing authenticity. Perfect imperfections are the name of the game in shabby chic décor.

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Perfect pastels and quaint, sweet accessories make this shabby chic dining room a beacon. I imagine eating breakfast every morning in this space is a joy.

Shabby Chic Home Office.

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An exterior lighting fixture, such as this hanging lantern, makes an excellent chandelier choice in a shabby chic space like this home office. Another example of placing pieces in unexpected/non-traditional spaces in shabby chic décor.

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Turn regular soup cans into great shabby chic office organizers. Using natural-looking papers and fabrics, glue covers onto the cans. Place on lazy susan for easy, stylish accessibility.

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Turn an ornate art frame into a magnetic chalkboard for the ultimate shabby chic office accessory. Silk flower-covered magnets help to complete the look.{found on thewillowshomeandgarden}.

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This workspace is what could be referred to as “shabby chic meets contemporary.” Clean lines, minimal clutter, with a few shabby chic details (e.g., empty ornate frame, plank desktop, and Buddha head) produce a positive vibe all around.

Shabby Chic Bathroom.

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In true shabby chic repurposing form, this bathroom mirror is a charming combination of many things vintage – an old rake serves as a jewelry holder, a chipped paint cupboard door is the mirror’s foundation, and the mirror itself is an antiqued piece of glass.

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A vintage doorknob gets a white-then-distressed makeover to become a perfect shabby chic bathroom accessory as a robe or towel holder.{found on thehouseofsmiths}.

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If you’ve got the space for it, shabby chic décor in the bathroom makes a large bathroom feel more “homey” than sterile. A chippy metal chair, for example, is both aesthetic and functional, and a battered hutch provides stylish storage.

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A bright, friendly turquoise color makes this toilet paper, slash, magazine holder a cheerful addition to the shabby chic bathroom. Areas of worn paint add to the charm.{found on etsy}.

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A fully ruffled shower curtain is a romantic and feminine touch to the bathroom, working nicely with the white painted and antiqued ornate iron pieces above it.

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A chippy shelf is a perfect place to display toiletries while simultaneously storing them. An absolute win-win for the tiny shabby chic bathroom.{found on farmhouseporch}.

Shabby Chic Laundry Room.

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An old wooden window, turned on its side, wallpapered, and mounted with hooks, is a perfect shabby chic element for the laundry room.

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A shelf dedicated strictly to shabby chic décor in the laundry room is a luxury…yet, when seen here, is more of a necessity, don’t you think?

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The storage of laundry detergents in blue glass mason jars. What could be more endearingly shabby chic than that?{found on 11magnolialane}.

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“Hide” your ugly washer and dryer behind charming white sheet curtains. This is reminiscent of sheets hanging out to dry and makes for a most shabby chic laundry room.