Keep It Simple
RMS user homemom scored this wrought-iron headboard at a flea market and designed her beach cottage guest room around it. Shabby chic decorating is all about simple, paired-down designs and light, breezy colors and fabric. White-washed walls and pale-blue bedding create a calming and restful ambiance.
Coming Up Roses
Pink is the most popular color in the shabby chic decorating palette. When it comes to fabrics, dainty rose prints are the go-to choice. The two favorites come together in this soft and romantic master bedroom by RMS user vintagerosecollection.
Shabby chic design is traditionally characterized by soft pastels, but a pop of bold color is welcome in the modern cottage home. Bright red plays nicely with the more subdued whites and gray-blues in this punchy design. Upcycling weathered and worn items into unexpected treasures is what shabby chic designers do best. Here a few old shutters have been transformed into a country chic headboard.
There's no better room in the house for a shabby chic makeover than a little girl's bedroom. RMS user ajerde covered a daybed in demure, feminine fabrics to create the ultimate princess room. The ethereal canopy only adds to the elegance.
East Meets West
While it has roots in old, British country houses, shabby chic can evolve and thrive among other design styles. Here we see a bedroom dresser with traditional shabby chic accessories like crystal chandeliers, chipped paint and soft creams and whites mixed with a Buddha statue.
Mix Styles for a Personalized Look
The distressing on this nightstand, as well as the simple lattice, give it a decidedly shabby chic vibe that mixes well with the preppier madras bedding and stripes in this country bedroom. You don't have to go all out with pink doilies and rose motifs. Shabby chic complements many design styles.
Antique and Angelic
Delicate and inviting, this little girl's bedroom could've easily been designed by Rachel Ashwell, whose name is synonymous with the shabby chic brand. The creative genius behind this feminine retreat is RMS user lolabboutique, who used an antique iron bed, cottage-white paint and several shades of pink to make all of her daughter's fairy-tale dreams come true.
Shabby chic is well at home on the coast too. This antique bedroom dresser has the distressed and worn look highly coveted by country cottage enthusiasts with some nautical touches thrown in. It's beachy without the kitsch. Design by Melaine Thompson of My Sweet Savannah
The Blue and the Beautiful
If pink isn't your thing, embrace your blue period by painting a piece of furniture a sweet pastel in the cool color. Bonus points if you can find an antique piece that doesn't need to be painted and distressed by hand. This light-blue side table invites people to relax and enjoy a book in this guest room's sitting area.