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Looking for a little romance in your home decor? Shabby Chic is the style for you. If you’re looking to find out all about shabby chic decor, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s break it down:

What it is:

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll French provincial. Imagine stumbling into an old abandoned farmhouse and stealing all of the furniture. Paint is usually scarce, and may sometime have a distressed or crackled appearance, similar to rustic decor. Minimal color palettes, and pops of color are usually pinks or “happy” hues, but are used sparingly.

Color Palettes:

The color profile for shabby chic decor is usually white with muted pastels. Here are a few colors that fit the bill.


Key Features:

Shabby chic decor was originally created by Rachel Ashwell (who has an AMAZING store in NYC). Repurposed objects, floral accessories, and old Victorian styles mixed with cottage flair are the staples of this home decor. The color palette is muted, and heavy on whites and pastels.

Floors are usually left bare, or painted in a muted tone and walls are painted in eggshell or matte finishes, or using wood where possible

Things to Keep in Mind:

This is a very feminine home decor style, so it’s probably not for the more masculine sensibilities. While shabby chic furniture is readily available to purchase, this style is heavy on the DIY, so if you’re handy then this style is definitely right up your alley.

Tools You’ll Need for Shabby Chic Decor DIY Projects:

  • Sand Paper or a Power Sander – For getting off the laquer or sheen on wood floors, cabinets, and furniture
  • White Paint – lots and lots of white paint
  • Miter saws – If you’re going to build your own furniture or remodel a thrift store find, a basic miter saw is your best bet for getting started. Later on you can upgrade to a compound miter saw, which is AMAZING.

A Few Favorite Shabby Chic Decor Examples:



Cottage Fence


House to Home


Get Started with These Shabby Chic Decor Accessories:

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Similar Styles: Rustic | Cottage | French Country

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