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How to achieve classic shabby chic style in your home

Love the shabby chic look? Possibly one of the most popular trends ever, shabby chic is still going strong almost 20 years after the term was first coined. An eclectic style that mixes antique furniture with pastel colours, lace and feminine florals, shabby chic is often also referred to as country chic or vintage chic.

If you love this soft and dreamy style, you're in luck, because shabby chic design is easy and inexpensive to achieve. At its most basic, shabby chic is upcycled or antiqued furniture, meaning you can either find old pieces cheaply, or buy modern furniture at a lower cost and give it a shabby chic makeover yourself.

Base your rooms around a white scheme, adding in pastel touches of duck egg blue, champagne pink and lilac for the ultimate shabby chic design. Natural flooring or white washed floorboards will also add to your theme, as will earthy accents. Opt for wooden benches, wicker chairs and floral soft furnishing to complete your look.

Take shabby chic style into the bathroom with vintage fittings and unique accessories that you can make yourself, or expand into the garden with a vintage summerhouse and upcycled outdoor furniture.

Read on to see beautiful shabby chic rooms and learn all the tips and tricks for creating the perfect shabby chic home from our experts. From the best place to pick up vintage finds, to simple decorating tips to achieve the look on a budget, we have everything you need to achieve shabby chic style in your own home...

Salvaged furniture
Salvaged furniture is at the very heart of the shabby-chic look. This scrubbed pine table creates a relaxed vintage feel in this light and airy dining room. Search for a second-hand gem on Preloved, or try Not on the High Street for a similar style.

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