How to Create a Shabby Chic Look in Your Home

How to Create a Shabby Chic Look in Your Home


The shabby chic look is still going strong, two decades after the term was first created. It is such a lovely look and works in nearly every home. I love how eclectic the style is, and that is mixes old and new; with vintage furniture but newer pastel colours and feminine touches. If you are a fan of this design, then it is your lucky day. I will be sharing some ways that you can create this look at home. It is inexpensive and easy to do.

Upcycle Furniture

At its most basic level, shabby chic is essentially lots of upcycled furniture. A great thing to do is look around your home and look at any furniture pieces that could do with an update. Another option is looking for some second-hand vintage furniture. It doesn’t need to be in pristine condition because as part of the shabby chic look, you will be sanding it down and painting it. You could also think about chairs that could be painted and reupholstered. Getting a new floral print fabric to replace the old, adds an inexpensive update.

Get Painting

It is a good idea to base your rooms around a white theme. That can sound quite daunting, but you should add in pastel touches or feature walls. One of my favourite colours is duck egg blue, but there are plenty of options on the pastel colour wheel. You could just go for accents of colour in the furniture you use or go for bolder walls and designs.

Add Wooden Touches

You want things to look as natural as possible, so wooden floors are much better options than carpet. You could even whitewash the natural floorboards if you are feeling brave. Wooden furniture is a must, including things like wicker chairs or stools. An open fireplace adds to the earthy look. You could fill it with piled up logs or British kiln dried hardwood to make it look stunning. You could also use a log burner or open fire, depending on what your fireplace is like.

Add Vintage Touches

As well as furniture, you should think about vintage touches like mirrors and frames. These will look so striking on the wall and add to the shabby chic look. You could even have empty picture frames that are painted to match the room. They could be placed on small mirrors, rather than having a picture in them. Mirrors make rooms look much larger than they are too.


Whether it is your bedding or a tablecloth, florals are a must have. How much is up to you but it should be kept rather subtle. Think about fresh flowers too. Roses and baby’s breath are great for the shabby chic style. They can look so lovely in a room in a vintage vase or a rustic milk jug. It all adds dimension to the room and adds to the rustic and country feel.

What are your tips and tricks for making a home have the shabby chic feel?

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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  1. We recently used some kiln dried wood to fill up our bookcase in our shop window. It looks really good and we actually have a number of people asking us where they can buy them. We only used round logs and this gave a great effect, unfortunately. when buying the logs you only get one or 2 in a net as the rest are like wedges. Lucky for us we have a wood burner stove so buying 20 nets was not a problem for us. I would recommend looking at and see if they can provide you with more round logs.

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