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Are you designing a shabby chic living room and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Alex Zaf Vibes designed by Alexandra Zaf
Alex Zaf VibesDesigned by Alexandra Zaf
Soft Pluto designed by Jasmine Fitzgerald
Soft PlutoDesigned by Jasmine Fitzgerald
Yellow Vibes designed by Rxchel Abrahams
Yellow VibesDesigned by Rxchel Abrahams
3 Pattern Practice - Design 2.0 designed by Taylor Winter
3 Pattern Practice - Design 2.0Designed by Taylor Winter
Traditional Design - Mood Board designed by Anna Davidson
Traditional Design - Mood BoardDesigned by Anna Davidson
8/8 inspo designed by Zena Marpet
8/8 inspoDesigned by Zena Marpet
Music Parlor designed by Danielle Hughes
Music ParlorDesigned by Danielle Hughes
Off Garage Room designed by Elizabeth Pflieger
Off Garage RoomDesigned by Elizabeth Pflieger
Pattern Play -room detail designed by Bridget Nelson
Pattern Play -room detailDesigned by Bridget Nelson
FLAMINGO 69 designed by BRI NIC
FLAMINGO 69Designed by BRI NIC
Parisian Chic designed by Olivia Eberhardt
Parisian ChicDesigned by Olivia Eberhardt
Pink Vibes designed by Frances Jackson
Pink VibesDesigned by Frances Jackson
Grand Country Granny designed by Kerry Drapcho
Grand Country GrannyDesigned by Kerry Drapcho
Traditional Design Living Room designed by Katie Miller
Traditional Design Living RoomDesigned by Katie Miller
Home Office designed by Dawson Designs, LLC
Home OfficeDesigned by Dawson Designs, LLC
Barbie house designed by Cayla Barry
Barbie houseDesigned by Cayla Barry
Accessories  designed by Kara Rudy
Accessories Designed by Kara Rudy
Modern Organic Vintage Vibes designed by Emily Leech
Modern Organic Vintage VibesDesigned by Emily Leech
Hop on a Plane To Paris designed by Amanda Zimberg
Hop on a Plane To ParisDesigned by Amanda Zimberg
Spanish Living Room designed by Ayanna Cash
Spanish Living RoomDesigned by Ayanna Cash
Living Room designed by Melanie Fenning
Living RoomDesigned by Melanie Fenning
Living designed by Melanie Fenning
LivingDesigned by Melanie Fenning
Lena Sarsour Entryway designed by Maddie Bender
Lena Sarsour EntrywayDesigned by Maddie Bender
Modern 16x9 designed by Mondae Design
Modern 16x9Designed by Mondae Design

Design tips for decorating a shabby chic style living room

Here’s how to achieve the shabby chic aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a shabby chic living room?

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. But if you ask us, the living room gives it a run for its money since it’s likely the most used room in your house. From entertaining guests to lounging around reading a book to watching way too much TV (no judgment here), your main living space has to be both comfortable and functional. Open-concept living spaces may also include an eating area or a full dining room for easy living.

Whether you're in the process of a living room remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the living room and complements the shabby chic style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Sofa, Couch, or Sectional: A staple of any living room, the sofa or couch provides a comfortable seating option for relaxation and socializing. The sofa should be the functional focal point of the room. When creating the furniture plan for your living room, start with the sofa as the largest piece of furniture and plan the rest of the room around it. If you have a small living room, you may want to select a sofa with a shallower depth or a L-shaped sectional to maximize your seating space. If you have a large living room, you may want to consider multiple couches to take advantage of your space.
  • Armchairs: These individual accent chairs offer additional seating and can be placed strategically around the living room to create cozy conversation areas. In addition to leaving space around furniture groupings, make sure to also leave space around each piece of furniture. This allows people to move freely using various routes within the living room. It's important to strike a balance between creating a cozy seating area and providing enough room for easy navigation.
  • Coffee Table: A central piece, the coffee table sits in front of the sofa and provides a surface for placing drinks, books, and other items. Pro tip: The recommended distance between a coffee table and the sofa in a living room is roughly 15-18”. This allows for enough space to move around comfortably and ensures that the coffee table is within easy reach from the seating area.
  • Side Tables and/or Ottomans: Placed next to sofas or armchairs, side tables offer a convenient surface for placing lamps, drinks, or other small items. Ottomans are even more versatile and can serve as a footrest, extra seating, or even a side table or coffee table when paired with a tray. Choose side tables or ottomans that are proportionate to the furniture they accompany. The height of the side table should be similar to or slightly lower than the armrest or seat height of the sofa or chair.
  • Console, Entertainment Center or TV Stand: This furniture piece typically houses the television and often includes additional storage for media devices, gaming consoles, or to display decorative items. Ensure that the size of the media console is proportionate to the size of the screen it will be supporting. Even if you don’t plan to include a TV in your living room (we support your decision for less screen time!), a freestanding console or built-in shelving unit is great for storage and organization. You can hide (or replace) your TV with a large piece of wall art.
  • Area Rug: It’s common to include an area rug in a living room for extra warmth and coziness. If possible, all furniture pieces should “live” on the rug in your living room. If your rug doesn’t really allow for that, then at least the front legs should be atop the rug. This ensures the furniture doesn’t look like it’s floating in the room.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Typically in a living room, you’d want a flush surface mount light or chandelier on the ceiling and wall-mounted sconces or table lamps placed around the room for mood lighting.
  • Shabby chic Decor Accessories: Decor in a living room can transform a living area into a vibrant tapestry of textures, colors, and forms, creating a welcoming and personalized environment that reflects your shabby chic style. The strategic placement of books, vases, and candles on coffee tables or shelves infuses the room with character and warmth. Throw pillows and blankets introduce texture and color helping to make the space feel cozier. Wall art helps to ground the space and showcase your personal taste and interests. Mirrors can amplify light, making the room feel more expansive.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the living room.

Get creative and have fun with your shabby chic living room makeover! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Living Room.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a shabby chic living room design?

Shabby chic interior design style combines the old and the new to create a romantic and feminine atmosphere. The style embraces imperfections, with weathered finishes and repurposed items adding character and charm. Floral motifs, delicate lace, and gentle ruffles are hallmark features of a shabby chic aesthetic (lookup LoveShackFancy for inspo).

To infuse your living room with a shabby chic aesthetic, choose a soft color palette of whites and creams, or pastel colors like lilac or baby pink. Central to achieving the shabby chic look is the use of distressed furniture that tells a story of time, complemented by an array of vintage textiles and patterns that add depth and character. Think: toile wallpaper, floral drapery, and ruffled upholstery. Then layer in vintage or antique heirloom decorative pieces to complete the look.

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