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50 Delightfully Stylish and Soothing Shabby Chic Bedrooms

There are few styles that seem to polarize design aficionados like ‘shabby chic’. Some absolutely love the simplicity of the aged décor it brings in and the tranquility that it seems to create, while others find it too feminine and far from practical. Regardless of which camp you fall into, there is little doubting the fact that shabby chic has made giant waves in the world of interior design over the last two decades. Today, the elegant style is more popular than ever before, and homeowners are increasingly gravitating toward its charming appeal. If you want to try out shabby chic, NOW is definitely the time, and the bedroom is the perfect place to get started!

The soothing and feminine bedroom and shabby chic style seem like a match made in decorating heaven. The spirit of this style is all about comfort, eco-conscious décor choices, and a blend of vintage and antique finds with modern touches. With many different variants and an ample room to showcase both your creativity and DIY projects, this is a style that lets you display your personality while transforming the bedroom into a calming retreat. Scroll through these 50 gorgeous bedrooms we have lined up to find out more –

Vintage & Reclaimed

Vintage and antique finds are the lifeline of shabby chic, no matter which subtle twist you wish to incorporate into the style. Distressed finishes are always welcome here, as décor with an aged, worn-out look helps give that touch of authenticity to the bedroom. In fact, it is the genuinely aged furnishings that seem a lot more at home and welcome in this setting than those that have been treated to get a similar finish. Of course, this means that a trip to the nearest thrift store or flea market is the best way forward when shopping for shabby chic bedroom décor and accessories. There are times when you will uncover an absolute gem in a nearby garage as well, so always keep your eyes open!

Collection of old stand fans becomes a beautiful showpiece in the shabby chic bedroom [From: Calista Chandler Photography]
Antique French frame with hand-painted screen and vintage bedside table in the bedroom [Design: Lisa Teague Design Studios]
Look beyond whitewashed decor for a truly unique shabby chic bedroom [Design: Luci.D Interiors]
Make your own distressed furniture to create that perfect shabby chic bedroom [Design: Laura Garner]
Old chair, vintage door and lovely lamp make the bedside area a shabby chic delight [From: Dreamy Whites]

Décor crafted from natural materials, old, vintage mirrors that casually sit in the bedroom corner, a DIY nightstand crafted from old trunks or creative art pieces that add personality; this is the décor that truly helps fashion that dream shabby chic bedroom. Admittedly, this is not a style for everyone, and you need both an appreciation for the ‘old and used’ furniture along with ample patience to get the right look.

A Delicate Splash of Color

There is no strict rule that says shabby chic bedrooms should only be draped in white and white alone. Of course, as you read on you will realize why white is a great option in most cases, but feel free to throw in a bit of your own ‘style twist’ to customize that bedroom with color. Pastel hues have gone on to rule the world of fashion and design in the last few years, and here is your chance to try them out in the bedroom as well. Pastels and shabby chic go like hand in glove, and it is an approach that never fails. Gentle pink, watery yellows and elegantly cool greens help punctuate the antique decors and give them a colorful new lease on life.

Amazing hand painted oil on canvas art piece adds color to an otherwise all-white bedroom [Design: Liquid Design & Architecture]
Chic modern farmhouse bedroom with colorful vintage finds [Photography: Corynne Pless]
Distressed wooden paneling is a great way to bring shabby chic glam to the bedroom [Design: Wendi Young Design]
Lovely bedroom showcases the beach cottage look of shabby chic style [Design: Alison Kandler Interior Design]
Wire pendant lights, bright accent pillows and colorful bedding shape the shabby chic bedroom [Design: Sweet William]

Those looking to combine a Bohemian look with shabby chic style can opt for throw pillows and bedding in brighter colors, while a French country or beach cottage chic styles demand far less color. No matter what flavor you veer towards, remember that color is secondary to texture and finishes in the shabby chic bedroom.

An Ingenious Headboard

The headboard is one of those features in the bedroom that makes a big impact and can often define the style statement in the remainder of the room. The headboard choices for a shabby chic bedroom are truly diverse, and it is often reclaimed wooden paneling or an old shutter or barn door that seems to do the job! Adding a similar unique headboard in your own home is pretty easy if you can find one of these antique doors, and by just removing the existing layers of paint and painting it white, you get a headboard that is both refined and shabby chic.

Beautiful shutters, flea market finds and pops of color for the shabby chic bedroom [Design: Mary Ann Shaklan]
Old shutters repurposed as unique headboard for the shabby chic bedroom [Design: Leslie L. Hunt Interior Design]
Vintage thrift store find turned into a captivating headboard [Design: Jonnie Andersen]
Creative idea for a cool and unique headboard [Design: Salomé Knijnenburg Interiors]
Wood panel headboard becomes a key element in the shabby chic bedroom [Design: The Home]

Fall in Love with White!

If you love white, want a bedroom that has a touch of femininity and wish to discard the glossy modern alternatives, then shabby chic is indeed the way forward. White is the preferred choice in most shabby chic bedrooms, as it sets a relaxing backdrop that lets your vintage finds and antique accessories shine though. The use of various shades of white also minimizes visual fragmentation in the room, and it is a color that works beautifully with French country, beach cottage chic or just cottage chic variants of the style. As a rule when in doubt, turn to white in the shabby chic bedroom!

Stunning shabby chic bedroom with a cozy fireplace
Fabulous use of pastel hues, chicken wire door cabinets and art work in the shabby chic bedroom [From: Colin Cadle Photography]
Fall in love with white all over again thanks to shabby chic! [Design: Hillarys]
Glass-fronted door of the antique cabinet adds a lovely focal point to the feminine bedroom [Photography: Chris Snook]
Light and airy bedroom in white with shabby chic and coastal touches [Photography: Mina Brinkey]

Picking the Right Bed

Most people tend to forget that the bed is indeed the central component of the bedroom and tend to focus far too much on everything else in the room. A vintage bed frame in wrought iron that is cleverly re-painted or a classic bed with European flair seem the way to go in most shabby chic bedrooms. Obviously the choice of the bed is also determined by the size of the room and the décor around it, as you do not want to put an excessively large and indulgent bed in a small space. Plush bedding is the next step forward, as this is a style that encourages cozy comfort. A safe way to start is by first choosing the bed and then working around it by bringing in matching side tables, lighting fixtures and accessories.

Cozy shabby chic bedroom idea
Repainted and power coated vintage side tables and bed for the shabby chic bedroom [Design: Rethink Design Studio]
Reusing materials is an essential component of this shabby chic bedroom [Design: Louise de Miranda]
Weathered look of the flooring, shutters in gray and vintage bed usher in the shabby chic style [From: Loaf]
Distressed door for the shabby chic bedroom [Design: Oito interiors]

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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