The shabby chic style is one of the most popular trends in interior design and it’s still one of the major trends this year. Shabby chic is an eclectic style which successfully integrates salvaged furniture, pastel color schemes and floral patterns. It’s also related to the farmhouse style and has its roots in the French country style. In other words, shabby chic is the perfectly imperfect style.

  • Shabby chic whitewashed flooring

whitewashed wooden floor

The best part of the shabby chic style is that it’s an affordable style and it has a look that’s really easy to achieve, especially for wooden flooring. If you want to redo your hardwood flooring give them an easy makeover by whitewashing it. Use a mixture of water and white latex paint, then brush the paint in the direction of the wood grain. Use a rag to wipe off some of the paint to achieve the distressed shabby look. Repeat the process for about 3 or 4 times.    

  • Floral patterned sofa

floral patterned sofa

Not sure which color the sofa should be? A great option would be a medium sized couch with a soft, pastel flower patterned fabric. If you’re not planning to buy a new sofa anytime soon, you can easily upgrade your current one. Find a flower patterned fabric you like and create a custom slipcover for your current sofa at your local tailor.   

  • Light fixtures

shabby chic chandelier

A great part of the shabby chic style is that you can use salvaged items and give them a new life. Try going to a nearby flea market to find an old, rusty chandelier. Give it a coat of sky blue paint, add new bulbs with warm light and as a result you’ll have a perfect shabby chic style light fixture in your living room.   

  • Soft white color scheme

soft white color scheme

A predominantly white color scheme is a classic shabby chic look. This airy color scheme creates a cozy and relaxing atmosphere. You can also add pastel shades like soft lilac, duck egg blue and ivory. Use these pastels for your throw pillows and the curtains or drapes.

  • Antique worn coffee table

antique coffee table

Not every furniture piece has to look worn out and scruffy. It’s enough to integrate one or two salvaged pieces into your living room design to create a shabby chic design.

  • Accent piece of DIY decor

shabby chic mirror door frame

Create a unique DIY vintage mirror using an old weathered door. Use the salvaged door as a frame for your mirror. As a finishing touch add a patina to the mirror to give it a vintage flair. To complete the shabby chic look, lean the custom design piece against a wall, for example on the wall next to the couch.

  • Grandma’s armchair

vintage armchair

Complete your sitting area with a comfy vintage armchair. Choose the armchair in tone with the soft white color scheme. Remember to keep an eye out for any yard sale because you’ll probably find a small treasure there.

  • Shabby chic shelves

shabby chic ladder shelves

There are many great options for shabby chic shelving systems and units but the best one for every type of living room is the ladder-style design. This solution is rather great for storage. Think of books, small boxes and also for decor display, as in small trinkets, baroc style photo frames or vases.

If you’re stuck with the furniture arrangement, here are a few great tips you might want to check out.



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