Add a little romance
Rest up with a touch of romance in your bedroom. Update a vintage setting with a stylish streamlined four-poster bedstead. Hang a modern floral wallpaper and choose a few pretty floral accessories in similar shades. Pair your pretty buys with distressed furniture and enamel lighting for a contemporary take on shabby-chic style.
Decorate in pastel shades
Although white is a key element of the style, soft pastel colours such as sky blue or dusky pink also contribute to the look. Pale, sumptuous bedding adds a light, restful atmosphere to the bedroom decor. Look for subtle patterns or details accentuated by intricate needlework, like pin tucks. Be inspired by a modern take on Shabby chic Create a classic yet pretty look in your home with an abundance of florals and feminine details, such as these statement light pendants and the fabulous vintage prints applied to the walls with decorating tape. This scheme mixes up prints featuring different flower types, such as roses, hydrangeas and hollyhocks – the more the merrier – all perfect for a shabby chic bedroom.
Make it festive
Ditsy florals and celebratory bunting bring more than a hint of 1940s style to a bedroom. Use soft furnishings to add a punchy patchwork layer of stripes, dots and pretty flower prints to an otherwise white scheme. An off-beat sequin cushion or two gives this type of scheme a fresh twist.
Introduce practical storage
Take inspiration from a boudoir boutique by having your clothing on display. Hanging rails and glass-fronted cabinets can be used to display bright sweaters and pretty scarves and add colour to a bedroom scheme. This is a great idea if you have lots of pretty dresses, suits and shoes that you want to show off. Wood makes such an unexpected statement in this dressing room. Don’t be discouraged by sourcing salvaged wood – any dents and scratches become part of the patina of age.
Create a tranquil environment
Decorate a bedroom with soft blues and greys to create a serene space designed to encourage tranquil evenings and a good night’s sleep. Don’t overdo it with patterns; if the walls are covered with a patterned wallpaper design, opt for fresh, white bedding and simple curtains.
Keep it simple
Bring a feminine touch to a pure white bedroom with subtle pink accessories such as floral bunting and fresh cut flowers. Adding gold handles to a white bedroom chest will give it understated glamour, while an retro-style mirror adds traditional charm.
Factor in florals
Add wow factor to a dressing table. Combine pretty floral accessories with distressed furniture and enamel lighting for a contemporary take on shabby-chic style. A floral mug, ditsy stationery and white mirror sit stylishly together, while the black flex and copper fitting on the pendant add an industrial touch.
Base your bedroom around a white or cream scheme, adding subtle touches of colour, pattern and texture. Complement a classic iron bed by layering vintage-inspired bedlinen to create a cosy, kitsch scheme that wouldn’t look out of place in a rustic country pile.
Create a dressing area
Don’t be afraid to use colour in your scheme. Bright furniture such as this fun patchwork cube (used here as a stool) are used to bring vibrancy to this bedroom. Neutral walls and carpet are the perfect background for bold pattern and colour choices in soft furnishings and accessories. The shabby chic dresser is a lovely addition to the room, giving it another country-style element. Reclaimed lumber can be stripped and made into a table, or an existing piece can be whitewashed for that signature, worn, distressed look.