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5 Shabby Chic Living Areas You'd Love

A collection of curated pieces and a bit of charm complete these delightful spaces


More than just an area where we welcome guests, the living area somehow serves as the home's entertainment center where we bond with family or spend quality time with friends. While many homeowners spend a great deal of time keeping it organized, some also invest in top-notch entertainment systems or furniture that spell comfort and relaxation.

If you've always wanted to revamp this space, you may want to work with the Shabby Chic style in mind. With creativity, a couple of DIY pieces, and dainty shades—you can achieve your living room goals with these photos as pegs:

1. Stay neutral.

This chic living area stays true to the theme by working with neutral shades and a light gray wall as background. Achieve something similar by adding pieces slowly. Start by opting for gray and neutral-toned pillow covers, one or two throws in a similar shade, and an upholstered ottoman. If you are fond of displaying photos and framed prints, curate a gallery way and use distressed frames in similar sizes.

2. Go bold in terms of decor.

Let your living area scream Shabby Chic with captivating decor and accessories that double as focal points in the space.

If you're working with a tight budget, you can put your DIY skills to good use! Visit flea markets and schedule a trip to Dapitan. Look for an old table that you can add to your living area—if you're lucky to find one with a distressed finish, just clean it with a damp cloth and spruce it up with books and flowers in glass containers. You can also take inspiration from the photo above by recycling an old window grill and using it as wall accent.

Those looking for a big clock that can liven up a plain wall can drop by Our Home and Mav Furniture for options.

3. Take storage to the next chic level.

The beauty of the Shabby Chic style can be best appreciated in upcycled pieces, decor with vintage appeal, and distressed finishes. Meet all of these requirements by turning an old door into a shelf! You may need help from a trusted carpenter when adding planks of wood behind your piece. Adding these can help you make the most of the door as well as enable you to showcase more items.

Make sure your door matches the color of your walls and your other furnishings. Keep it from looking too overdecorated by selecting only a few books and knickknacks. You can also add catchalls for other small items.

4. White is the best background.

Shabby Chic-inspired pieces are already beautiful. Make them stand out by using white as the background of your curated items. Anchor the look with a neutral sofa and liven it up with white pillows, gray throws, and accessories in various neutral shades. With these forming the supporting cast, your wooden items, woven baskets, and other upcycled pieces will truly shine.

5. Don't forget the pastels.

If you will look up Shabby Chic-inspired spaces, more often than not you'll see a few rooms with hints of pastel and other dainty hues. You can also do the same when choosing soft furnishings and other decor. Take inspiration from the photo above—to keep the space from looking too plain and boring, printed pillowcases and accessories were added.

If you're already set on your furnishings, you can still inject pastel shades into your space through wall art and storage pieces.

PHOTOS (in order): DigsDigs and Liz Marie Blog (Main) | Heart Handmade UK | Foter | Vintage Rose Collection.

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