Easy Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas

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Over the past year and a half, I have posted several different ideas that I have used for decorating in a shabby chic style.  Most of my ideas come from incorporating vintage items that I have picked up at either flea markets or antique stores.

Some of these finds are used as is and others are re-purposed or up-cycled into new and useful home decor.

I wanted to highlight some of the favorite shabby chic decorating ideas, that I have shared, and also add a few more clever ways to decorate that I have found from others.

Favorite Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas:

decorating with old windows

A very popular item to use in shabby chic decorating is old windows.  The frames can be used with or without the glass and used simply or re-purposed into a message board or photo holder.  I used this frame on it’s own to make a very simple statement.  Just clipping a sprig of dried flowers to the frame, with a vintage clip, was all I needed to accent a wall in my bedroom.  For a collection of other fun ideas with windows, check out my post on decorating with old windows.

shabby chic decorating ideas

I brought a picket fence inside to add some shabby interest to a wall in my office.  It originally was a faded and naturally distressed red fence but a thin coat of white paint brightened it up a bit to fit in with my color scheme.  I brushed lightly over the bare wood parts to keep the distressed look.

shabby chic decorating ideas

An example of up-cycling something old into useful shabby chic decor, is with this vintage heat register.  I simply cleaned it up and made some coordinating clips out of clothespins for a fun photo clip board.  For details on the clips and a look at my whole display, including the old crate base, check out my post on trash to treasure.

Shabby Chic Decorating Ideas From Others:

shabby chic decorating ideas
Decorating with branches by I Heart Shabby Chic.

A fun and easy idea for bringing in some natural chic is to use branches.  These birch branches, attached at ceiling level, make quite a statement combined with the glitzy light fixture.  I also like to incorporate birch wherever I can and have placed branches in a heavy container behind a sofa to add some height and texture.

decorating with old books
Decorating with old books by Modern House Insight.

Old books are an easy go to item for shabby chic decorating.  I have stacks of them all over my house!  This example, displayed in a fun vintage side table, shows that it works even in a dining area.

I hope you have found some new inspiration as you go about your shabby chic decorating!

Happy Decorating!

I'm addicted to crafting and decorating my downtown urban loft and up north rustic cabin. Read more about me.

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