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Shabby-chic style living room features classy seats and a distressed white coffee table that complements the fireplace inlaid with cherubs sculptures. It is decorated with a fabulous chandelier and brass framed mirror mounted on the wainscoted wall.
Airy living room with cozy seats and a round tufted ottoman over the hardwood flooring arranged in a chevron pattern. It has framed windows and door that opens to the balcony enclosed in a wrought iron fence.
An ornate fireplace topped with gold candle holders, clock and a beautiful vase faces the metal coffee table that sits on a blue area rug. It is accompanied by a built-in cabinet along with floral and blue plaid sofas filled with striped pillows.
A fancy chandelier illuminates this glam living room offering classy seats and a fireplace with a gorgeous mirror on top designed with intricate details. It has tiled flooring and gray walls clad in ornate wainscoting.
A shabby-chic style living room filled with charming decors and a three-panel screen with a purple canopy net overhead. It includes white seats and a shaggy rug across the fireplace and over the hardwood flooring.
Elegant living room decorated with gorgeous mirrors that hung above the white console table and fireplace enclosed in an ornate three-panel screen. It has a shabby chic area rug and charming seats illuminated by a pink floor lamp and vintage sconces.
A gorgeous mirror hangs above the fireplace lighted by a fancy chandelier. This room is filled with a white piano and skirted seats surrounding a rectangular coffee table that’s topped with a decorative bowl.
A large brass chandelier hangs over the beige sofa and lounge chair paired with a matching ottoman. There’s a white shelving unit behind that’s filled with books and decors.
A stone brick accent wall adds texture in this living room with a large framed window and a cathedral ceiling lined with rustic beams. It includes a fireplace with a mirror on top along with a metal coffee table and white seats illuminated by an ornate chandelier.
The shabby-chic style living room features a cozy lounge chair with wooden framed mirrors on the side fixed against the white walls. It includes built-in shelving and a ladder that doubles as a rack.
Fresh living room with a blue sofa and perforated chairs covered in faux fur blankets. It includes a fireplace with a gorgeous mirror on top along with a metal coffee table lighted by a black candle chandelier.
A pair of wooden display cabinets flank a fireplace that’s accented with a foliage artwork. It has white seats surrounding a classy coffee table and large arched windows overlooking the enchanting forest.
White living room with comfy seats and a wooden coffee table over a shaggy area rug. It includes a fireplace lined with a wooden mantel that’s topped with a lovely horse artwork.
Green potted plants create a refreshing ambiance in this living room with wide plank flooring and white walls mounted with colorful artworks. It has a red wingback chair and a blue sofa paired with a frosted glass top coffee table.
Black tufted ottomans sit in front of the striped sofa that’s lighted by a glass floor lamp on a round side table. This room has rich hardwood flooring and beadboard walls mounted with floating shelves and multi-panel artwork.
This living room is designed with decorative plates and layered artworks against the yellow wall. It has mismatched seats and a distressed blue coffee table over a vintage area rug.
An all-white living room illuminated by a crystal chandelier that hung from the high vaulted ceiling. It has a skirted sectional sofa and a round ottoman that sits on tiled flooring.
Clad in green patterned wallpaper, this living room showcases a distressed coffee table and cabinet flanked by classy side tables and lamps. It includes cozy seats and a large chandelier that hung from the shiplap ceiling.
Airy living room surrounded by white framed windows that are covered in floral curtains. It has cozy seats and a gray coffee table that sits on a vintage area rug over the hardwood flooring.
Red and green patterned pillows on a gray sectional bring a pop of color in this living room with an iron coffee table and a floral chair that sits next to the fireplace with a gorgeous tree artwork on top.
Shabby-chic style living offers cushioned chairs and a tufted sofa that faces the flat-screen TV on a wooden stand blending in with the hardwood flooring. It includes colorful artwork and a wooden floating shelf mounted on the white stone accent wall.
An open living room with a wicker armchair and white sectional paired with a gray ottoman that’s lighted by a fancy crystal chandelier. There’s a metal shelving unit in the corner facing the console table under a boho tapestry.
An all wood living room designed with antler decors that are mounted on the beadboard wall. It has comfy seats and a wood plank coffee table facing the fireplace with a white framed mirror on top.
Fluffy pillows in different styles and sizes add a nice accent in this living room with a stylish pendant light and a blueprinted rug that lays on the wide plank flooring. It is decorated with a canvas painting and various shaped mirrors that hung above the white sofa with wheels.
White living room clad in lower beadboard wall that’s dominated by patterned wallpaper. It has a glass coffee table and a chesterfield sofa with a large mirror on the side creating a larger visual space in the room.
Distressed sliding doors open to this living room with beige chairs and a stylish coffee table complementing with the drum pendant light that hung from the beamed ceiling. It faces the TV and fireplace topped with potted plants.
The bright living room features skirted seats and a white coffee table over a gray patterned rug. It is illuminated by a shaded chandelier along with natural light from the full height window.
Shabby-chic style living room with white stone walls and flagstone flooring topped by layered rugs. It includes pastel cabinets and wicker chairs paired with a glass top coffee table.
Ambient light from the recessed ceiling lights creates a warm and cozy feel in this living room with printed armchairs and a beige velvet sofa accented with orange pillows and throw blanket.
Clad in foliage wallpaper, this living room showcases yellow striped chairs and printed sofa paired with a brass coffee table. It includes round side tables and a freestanding fireplace accompanied by a drum floor lamp and head decor.
Natural light streams in through the glass-paneled windows in this living room with a fabulous chandelier and cozy seats surrounding a light wood coffee table that sits on a woven area rug.
A floating glass front cabinet hangs above the blue L-shaped sofa paired with a wooden coffee table. This room has a rustic wood plank ceiling and tiled flooring topped by a white cowhide rug.
The spacious living room illuminated by large pendant lights and a candle chandelier that hung from the tray ceiling. It has natural wood cabinets and gray seats facing the TV that’s mounted above the metal stand.
This living room is filled with white furniture that blends in with the walls and shiplap ceiling. It includes a gorgeous chandelier and a distressed area rug that lays on the rich hardwood flooring.
An abstract painting lighted by glass sconces hangs above the fireplace flanked by a large framed mirror and dark wood shelving. It faces the comfy seats and a wooden coffee table over a shabby chic area rug.
A brick wall sets a striking backdrop to the freestanding fireplace across the distressed coffee table. This room is illuminated by a spherical lamp and a unique chandelier that hung from the beamed ceiling.
Shabby-chic style living room offers a plaid armchair and gray sofa filled with neutral pillows. It includes wooden cabinets that complement the round coffee table over a jute rug lighted by a wicker pendant.
Neutral living room with gray seats and a white coffee table across the fireplace framed in stone surround and white mantel. It has wide plank flooring and white framed windows covered in wicker roman shades and white draperies.
Do you attend flea markets, auctions, and antique stores, trying to find unique furniture and accessories with just the right amount of patina or chipped paint? If so, you’re a fan of the Shabby-Chic style. Shabby-Chic is a mix-up of vintage, Farmhouse, Eclectic, and may even have elements of Scandinavian design.
Out of the 916,645, living rooms and 18 styles analyzed, .37 percent (or 3,378) have a Shabby-Chic Style design.
What Makes A Living Room Shabby-Chic?
As we mentioned briefly, Shabby-Chic Style is hard to define as just one style, as it shares some elements from other styles. When you’re browsing our Shabby-Chic Style Gallery, you might notice that many of the living rooms are simplistic overall and have a “feminine” features.
There are no specific rules with Shabby-Chic Style. It’s all about mixing and matching old with new and even the textures of fabrics or the finishes on painted surfaces. Although Shabby-Chic is overwhelmingly feminine, it’s not a style solely for women. A Shabby-Chic living room can be gender neutral and still have some of the key elements.
A Softer Look
A Shabby-Chic style living room can have an overstuffed couch with a neutral-colored slipcover or a window seat with pastel and patterned cushion. Shabby-Chic is all about creating soft lines and comfort.
Wall colors are usually white, pastel or another neutral light color and pops of bright color can come from a vase full of flowers, a hutch full of dishes, or even a painted end table. The options are endless, but it’s all about creating a soft look to the living room.
Mixing and Matching
Shabby-Chic is the perfect style for anyone who wants to showcase their grandmother’s porcelain plate collection or who sees the beauty in an old coffee table with chipped paint. If you don’t have any vintage pieces to add to your living room, there are many DIY projects you can try out or boutiques that carry Shabby-Chic pieces.
Shabby-Chic is the perfect style for mixing and matching and repurposing or refurbishing old furniture.
While are no strict rules with Shabby-Chic Style, it’s good to start out small and see where your design ideas take you. Like many living room design ideas sometimes less is more. If you overcrowd your living room with several “perfectly aged” items, it may end up feeling more like an antique store than a cozy place to read a book or enjoy a glass of wine with friends.
More Shabby-Chic Living Room Details
If you love the light, bright, playful, and elegant look, Shabby-Chic may be the style for you.
Shabby-Chic is a style that is light and airy, as well as comfortable and well-lived. There is an emphasis on elegance, while not being too stuffy. It is a vintage look, mixed with a bright and breezy feel. The unique combination of the old and worn with the elegant gives the Shabby-Chic design its cozy charm.
This style is a creative take on a classic vintage look.
When selecting colors for a shabby chic design, it is best to have a cohesive and unifying palette. In Shabby-Chic, there are different basic color palettes that harken back to specific areas and appeals.
Three basic sets of color palettes that are typical of different Shabby-Chic types include English, rustic, and beach. In the Shabby-Chic English palette, the colors fall in the ranges of pinks and greens, with light and breeze floral prints. The rustic palette is rooted more in rust tones with green and golden colors mixed in. Beach Shabby-Chic tends to fall in the ranges of whites and sandy beiges, and soft and light blues.
Regardless of the palette, the colors are best if dusty, faded, and worn, cut with shiny and silver adornments, and surrounded by white or muted pastel walls. Paints should be most distressed, imperfect, and informal. Patterns that work well include faded prints, plaids, stripes, and florals.
Fabrics should be soft to the touch, while window dressings should be light and floaty.
When it comes to floors, wood and tiles are your best bets. Wood floors can be either painted or left bare. Adorn floors with vintage and faded rugs.
Wooden furnishings painted white are perfect for this style. It helps if the paint is distressed and worn. Found pieces are a great idea, so search the flea market, yard sales, and antique shops.
Don’t concern yourself much with matching furnishing, as mismatching pieces work well to add to the vintage, found, and distressing feelings cultivated in the Shabby-Chic Style.
Accessories for a Shabby-Chic room should fall either on the side of worn and antique or silver and elegant. If you can find something that fits both, such as an old, worn antique mirror, for example, you can do a lot to marry these two ideas. Elaborately designed frames are an excellent choice. Chests and armoires are great additions to a shabby chic living room. (Source: Jennifer Cederstam)
Adding a chandelier may be a good addition to space. A fitting antique chandelier can be a good way to amp up the sophistication of your family room.
As far as saucers and settings, feel free to mix and match. The hodgepodge collection of coasters and table settings is perfect for this style.
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