Shabby Chic Charm

Shabby Chic is a term used to describe a style where aged and distressed elements are used to create a rustic, yet soft romantic look.

Typical elements would include painted floors, distressed furniture, crystal,  pastel tones, florals, linens, lace and vintage finds. Think French opulence meets English country cottage.

Shabby Chic

Image from Pinterest

How gorgeous is this room from House to Home

A pretty little sewing nook

A pretty little sewing nook from My Love of Style

shabby chic decorating

I want that clock! Image from Shelterness

An old window frame sits above the bed and gives a rustic feel to this romantic room.  Image from French Larkspur 

I’m not sure you’d get away with this style if your other half is a big manly man! This romantic bedroom from House to Home with it’s pink floral, soft pastels and layers of cushions and throws is unashamedly feminine.

Image from Shelterness

A very dreamy living/dining room from Dreamy Whites Blog

Fresh flowers add a splash of colour to this dining space from

Shabby Chic Garden Room

Shabby Chic works very well in the garden too. Create your own little romantic retreat in the garden. Image from Rooms for an Irish Summer on Emerald Interior Design Blog

Are you a fan of Shabby Chic?  Leave a comment if you’d used this style in your own home.  I’d love to hear your views.

About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.


  1. Gorgeous pics. Shabby chic style is so warm and welcoming always adding character and charm to a room. I love white rooms, but sometimes the need for a little colour is necessary and pastels are perfect as they are non intrusive and subtle, adding just enough depth to brighten up a space.

  2. Love shabby chic style. All of the rooms are charming and look really comfortable. I agree with chichi furniture, a splash of color can make all the difference…

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