37 Dream Shabby Chic Living Room Designs
Shabby chic is a popular interior design style. This is where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their age or new items are distressed to look vintage. It easily can add a feminine, romantic touch to any interior and make it quite unique. If you love shabby chic decor ideas, then you will adore these 37 dream shabby chic living room designs! Each one has something special to offer, with their furnishings and decor. After all, chic is famous for being special, and so it does in these beautiful ideas.
Originated in the United Kingdom, shabby chic uniquely combines a country house and hand-made aesthetic with an effortless and unassuming modern style. The end result is an elegant aesthetic that embraces a worn, lived-in look. Reworked furniture and comfortable fabrics are important aspects of the shabby chic aesthetic, which became particularly popular with bohemians and artisans in the 1980s when quality decor was fashionable at the time but far less affordable.
Different shabby chic living room designs
Anne Coletti‘s vintage home interiors. This is what she has to say:
I am enamored with white. I love its calm simplicity and as I grow older I find that I have a kinship with such a hue. A room dressed in white allows my mind to rest, to think, to be soothed, and to find a peaceful place. It is an unprejudiced color that is always willing to be applied to almost any décor and style, from ultra modern to ethereal and romantic. I will admit that what started as a simple dalliance with white has now become a true love affair. And so, with the abandon of any new love, I have transformed my 1820s Federal Colonial home fashioned in the serenity of white.
Though white is now the foundation of my décor, I still follow certain design “musts” to which I have always adhered. I surround myself with only the things I’m passionate about. I like to fill my rooms with antiques and old architectural elements and then I mix in a few newer pieces. Iron gates and antique mantels are plentiful in my home. I covet these relics from the past as they add such charm and interest to a space.
Idea: vintage rose collection
The key elements of a shabby chic style are:
- Neutral background colours: A neutral background is the foundation of any shabby chic interior design idea. A more subdued background allows for a wider variety of objects, furniture, accessories, styles and textures in a room, without looking too messy or tacky.
- Worn or vintage furniture: Remember, shabby chic is all about an antique, rustic look. Furnishings can be true antiques, or just intentionally worn and imperfect. Real antiques can be very pricey but luckily there are different methods for giving furniture a more aged look, such as sanding, exposure to weather conditions, use of special glazes and finishes.
- Mixing and matching: The shabby chic decor look toes the line between carefree and stylish.
Accessories and objects are really the heart and soul of this style. It is all about layering different items, prints, patterns and textures: use throw rugs, blankets, pillows, frames and decorative items to create a unique space.
For a more cohesive look, you can focus on a limited colour palette, or you can absolutely really embrace colour in its all fascinating variations. Soft hues are the most popular, such as bright white and beige, as well as pastels like pink, lavender and blue. Be risky, why not try more vivid shades like turquoise and orange.
- Natural elements: Organic elements can really make a space look lived-in and comfortable. Plants of different shapes and sizes light up any room, making it feel more warm and welcoming. Other natural elements can be wood furniture, stone and clay accessories and bamboo materials.
Comfortable and textured fabrics also add warmth and personality. Cotton and linen are top choices. More vintage styles like floral patterns can add some unexpected colour into the mix. Popularised by Rachel Ashwell, slipcovers for couches and chairs can also enrich a shabby chic style, by adding a more romantic, vintage, almost Pride and Prejudice tone to your space.
Rachel Ashwell is the founder of the furniture chain called Shabby Chic, and in 1996 she published a book around the aesthetic she described as “the aura of old money, cushy comfort, and crafted indifference”.
Finally white’s Birgit’s all white dream house. I love everything!
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Here, the shabby chic style wonderfully embraces minimalism. It’s bright, light and airy with a total absence of colour, apart from some wooden tones and uplifting splashes of green from plants.
Swedish Blogger by vitt zink och silver decorated her house with love for shabby chic design and the result is amazing.
White upholstery with pretty pink florals creates a classic country look and draws attention to a charming window seat. Moreover, a white french mirror blends effortlessly with the original features of the room.
Some chic designs for your living room
Janet’s by Shabbyfufu french style living room.
I adore old metal work pieces! The gates came out of an old home here and my sweet hubby brought them home for me. The coffee table is a marriage of an old painted iron garden table base and another cast off… piece of Carrera marble…
Idea: rooms of inspiration
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Warm whites, from soft curd to rich buttermilk, are the building blocks of elegance in this grand living room. Traditional furniture and a lavish chandelier mixed with slouchy seating. Therefore, shabby-chic completely finishes the look!
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This beautiful minimalist interior design is a French style perfection. As for perfect interiors, this house is equipped with cool fireplaces, beautiful stairways and chic furnishings.
Emily and Michael Knotts relied on tag-sale scores, basic hardware-store buys, and a DIY attitude when renovating their North Carolina lake house. In fact, the results redefine the word “homemade”. The pendant lamp is made from a garden lantern with a $4 socket. In addition, some gorgeous vintage items were finds at a local antique shop.
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Picture: country living
Like the cozy familiarity of a well-worn pair of faded jeans, the dilapidated elegance of an Italian villa, the worn grandeur of faded velvets and mismatched floral china handed down from your grandmother’s attic, the brand is a revived appreciation for what is used, well-loved, and worn, it is a respect for natural evolution and a regard for what is easy and sensible.
Creating a brand synonymous with her aesthetic and lifestyle, designer Rachel Ashwell founded Shabby Chic in 1989 on the philosophy of beauty, comfort, and function.
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