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Shabby chic bathrooms are simply elegant, vintage inspired spaces that welcome you with soft colors and comfortable style. It's a cost effective way to create a beautiful bathroom.

Decorating your home or room in casual, romantic style will always include some fundamentals, so let's talk about those first!

Shabby Chic Bath Design


  • The color scheme will include white, ivory, and pale shades of pink, blue and green.
  • There will be a mix and match of fabrics such as stripes, florals and checks, tea stained fabrics and flea market finds.
  • Window dressings are simple, breezy and unemcumbering, including cotton, gauze and lace.
  • Vintage pieces, or reproductions, are always part of the shabby chic plan
  • Furniture includes soft curves, not sharp angles
  • Touches of elegance are present...think of crystal, flowers, iron scroll work and candles, to name a few
  • The overall look is comfortable elegance that is well planned and never messy or cluttered


Now, let's take all of these great characteristics and apply them to creating Shabby Chic Bathrooms...

The great thing is that you don't have to spend a lot of money to create this look. It's very budget friendly!

Paint can go a long way toward creating an atmosphere. Choose from soft blue, green or pink, or even a neutral buff color for the walls. The trim should be white.

Consider beaded board (moisture resistant) two-thirds of the way up the walls for a vintage look if your budget and bathroom will accommodate.

If faux finishing is appealing to you, use a muted touch to create a soft overall look...nothing too bold or overstated.

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Tile or wood floors? Use soft, cushy rugs on the floor, keeping with the established color palette.

How about the fixtures? If you have a clawfoot bathtub, that's perfect. For the standard tub/shower unit, find a fabric or lace shower curtain.

A pedestal sink would work well, particularly one with soft graceful lines. However, if your bath has the standard cabinet and sink combo, no worries. The colors you select and the accent pieces placed in the space will still create the shabby look.

Vintage Shabby Chic Bath

Consider an antique (real or reproduction) mirror.

Paint/distress the cabinets and put crystal pulls on the doors and drawers.

Bring in an antique piece for storage and display.

Use soft, flowing curtains at the window, nothing heavy. If privacy is needed, use a simple shade or wood blinds.

Adorn the walls with vintage prints. Add other accessories as noted above that work for your space and your lifestyle.

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Perhaps one of these shabby style prints will help inspire you!

You don't need to cover the entire wall area with decor, particularly if the area is small. Be selective!

Vintage mirror collection in bath


The photo shown above is a great example of using a vintage mirror collection to provide function as well as wall decor in the bath.

Remember that you can create a beautiful bathroom without spending a lot of money, and, by bringing in the most fundamental aspects of this design style.

Whether your goal is total and complete 'shabby chic' style or a little more understated, enjoy your beautiful personal space!

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