What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “shabby chic living room”? Usually it means girly pastels and lots of lace, and maybe even dated or old-fashioned. If you don’t like rustic or chalk paint furniture, you may think that a shabby chic living room isn’t for you. But with a bit of mixing and matching and a lot of thinking out of the box, shabby chic living room ideas have adapted to current trends of the time. Don’t believe me? Read on and I’ll convince you!
Bring Romance To Your Home With These Shabby Chic Living Room Ideas
Like any design aesthetic, shabby chic living room style can be interpreted and spun in so many different ways. There’s no one-size-fits-all version of a shabby chic living room, the same way modern living rooms are dynamic and different from one home to another! Which is why I always keep my eyes and mind open to all styles, even if I think they’re not my taste. You never know what new ideas you’ll find if you don’t welcome different things. And if I may say so, these shabby chic living room ideas I’ll be showing you today have convinced me to incorporate more of this style in my future living room overhauls!
1. Reading Nook
Not ready for a completely shabby chic living room? Start with one area of your space like a reading nook or your mantel. I love how shabby chic style looks (and actually is!) so comfy and cozy. That’s my deal-maker for a design style!
Shabby chic design isn’t totally dependent on pastel colors. If your personality and taste are bolder, bright colors will work too! Capture a shabby chic look by picking elaborate or detailed prints, as well as a few rustic furniture pieces.
Over styled spaces are welcome! There’s sort of a maximalist style going on with shabby chic design, so embrace it. This is our chance to unleash a bit of our inner hoarders.
From what I’ve seen, a typical shabby chic living room always strikes a balance between rustic and pastels. If you want a fresh twist on the typical look, play around with this balance! Either emphasize the rustic or amp up the pastels. It’s a simple yet creative idea.
5. A Touch Of Glam
You may be thinking, “shabby chic and glam, together?” Yes! If you love the philosophy behind shabby chic but live in the city or you love the luxurious, glam look, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t combine the two!
Just because it’s called shabby chic doesn’t mean your room has to be dark or totally rustic. Contrast your rustic and shabby pieces with white walls, floors, and other furniture!
Hang up your best paintings, display your favorite books, and add a touch of personality to your shabby chic pieces. You can even make rustic frames yourself get vintage pieces from the family collection!
8. White on White
Now this is a version of shabby chic I can get behind. The cozy cloth furniture and vintage and rustic furniture supply the shabby, while the almost all-white space provide the chic. It’s such a calming space, don’t you agree?
Stick to bright colors and open up your space for a youthful shabby chic living room. You can even add a touch of modern or traditional pieces!
Brown and white make for such a warm, inviting space. Use it as your starting point then add shabby chic furniture and decor like blankets, pillows, and chalk paint furniture.
Watch this video to get more inspiration for your shabby chic living room:
Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it! A shabby chic living room may not be luxurious or super modern, but it has its own quirks and great qualities. Comfort is definitely on top of the list. And besides, the best designs are those which can go beyond the ordinary—so mix and match these shabby chic living room ideas with other styles! Which spaces did you like the best? Leave me a comment below to let me know!
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