a shabby chic bedroom with shabby chic decorations, an old wood door, and floral pattern

Shabby Chic

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 2/18/2021

In the world of fashion and style, things are often defined by what they are not. And, if there is one thing shabby chic is not, it’s masculine and rustic.

Definition

In both clothing and home décor, the term shabby chic typically refers to a relaxed, well worn, vintage look. Shabby chic clothing, furniture, and accessories are typically vintage or vintage-inspired upcycled pieces that evoke a feeling of femininity, often with pale pastel colors and soft floral patterns. Shabby chic sometimes refers to new items that are designed to mimic a vintage style, with options ranging from very affordable to expensive custom pieces. Shabby chic is a popular style when it comes to decorating bedrooms, with numerous shabby chic bedroom ideas and decorations available online.

How Do I Make My Bedroom Shabby Chic?

Shabby chic bedroom decorations and ideas have been popular for decades, especially with anyone looking for a more traditionally feminine style. And there are numerous ways to create and customize the shabby chic bedroom look on just about any budget:

  • A shabby chic bedroom, at its base, typically starts with a soft pastel color, usually in a shade of white or pink but can be as bold as a soft lavender. From there, shabby chic décor often incorporates antique or upcycled furniture pieces with simple and natural fabrics and accessories.
  • If you’re on a budget or considering a DIY option, shabby chic décor is often imitated with recycled or repurposed furniture pieces that resemble antiques. Painting techniques, such as glazing and sanding, are used to distress the finish of the furniture, giving it an older appearance.
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