7 Steps to Create Shabby Chic Style

By: Samar Yahya

Shabby Chic interior design style is one of the most popular interior design trends. This style mixes antique furniture with pastel colours. Shabby Chic style is a very friendly style and is also known as farmhouse or cottage style and very similar to French country.

The Shabby Chic design and home decor is easy and inexpensive to achieve. You can either use antique or old pieces of furniture or use modern furniture and give it a Shabby Chic look by yourself. It depends on simple pieces made from natural materials

Started in Britain in 1980s, Shabby Chic style was mainly based on recycling old furniture and fabrics and achieve elegant décor look. From Britain, it became very popular in USA in 1990s.


You can create the style of Shabby Chic in simple steps by using some colours, material of furniture and fabric designs and prints

Pastel Colours

pastel colours such as light blue and green, pale pinks, lemon yellow and cool grey can give the feeling of vintage look.

Floral Fabrics

Shabby chic uses floral cushions and curtains, antique rugs and decorative pieces and soft pretty colours.


Use natural materials, such as wood which can be left in its natural state, or painted most probably in white then sanded back for an old look.

Hand Paint

Hand painting cupboard doors in white, grey, green or blue will create Shabby Chic style.


Use old, antique mirrors; they will make the space feel more homely. Choose decorative mirrors in wood or painted wood.

Vintage Bed Linen

Choose linen, cotton, lace and designs such as floral prints, birds, trees and village scenes all these will add the look of Shabby Chic to your bedroom.


Shabby Chic is a creative style that can benefit from simple and mismatching accessories to create decorating ideas.

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