Charming Living Room

Shabby, Chic, and Charming Living Room

A combination of prints and bold primary colors sets the tone for a dreamy yet playful feel in this comfortable, shabby chic living room.

Genteel inspiration

Shabby chic has more to do with style than fashion. Originating in Great Britain, the term refers to the decor style of large country houses, with worn and faded chintz sofas and curtains. There, good taste was reflected in well-worn antique furniture and drapes. The early forms of shabby chic were rather grand, but the style has evolved, taking inspiration from many forms of decoration, ranging from 18th century Swedish painted decorations, to French chateaus as well as the American Shakers where simplicity and plainness were essential. As a style, either shabby chic is mainly popular in interior design where furniture and furnishings are chosen for their age and signs of wear and tear or new items are distressed to look old.


Combine a variety of different patterns. Stripes, checks, and polka dots all work together to achieve a warm, inviting feel to a room. Collect fabrics or buy vintage fabric from flea markets to use in your living room. Use the fabrics to make slipcovers for your couch, ottoman, scatter cushions, lampshades or curtains. Lou Harvey fabrics are perfect for creating that illusion of age.


The soft soothing scent of candles lends a romantic mood and can add interesting lighting to the room. Group various size and scented pillar or jar candles and display on the table.

Colorful fresh flowers

Fresh flowers not only add life but are also a natural addition. Big and bold, bunch various blooms and colors together in a vase or enamel jug and watch it take on a look all on its own. The fresh flowers, together with the floral prints on the scatter cushions, work together to bring about a uniform charm.

Distressed paint and soft plush rugs

Imperfect accessories that appear flawed or damaged is perfect to use in the room. Give an old table or chair a new lease on life: paint it white, rough it up a little and it will be as good as new. A distressed table complemented by a beautiful plush rug adds immediate depth and warmth.


Decorative iron or metal furniture also complement the look. Peeling paint, rusted effects or vintage pieces add appeal and sits comfortably with distressed furniture pieces. A wrought iron lamp base with a patterned lamp shade adds a quirky, fun approach to the shabby chic living room.


Unashamedly feminine in its appeal if you love pastel colors, this look is definitely for you. Soft whites, light blues, pale pinks and faded greens all work well together to achieve the shabby chic look. Keep the background color the same and use the bold primary colors in your accessories.


An overstuffed couch you can sink into is essential to achieving the shabby chic look. Slipcovered couches in faded colors are just perfect here. There is no need to panic about getting your couch dirty; slipcovers are easy to clean simply pop it into your washing machine.