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Shabby Chic Bathroom Décor Ideas

Updated on September 11, 2017
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Practicing as a professional interior designer for 30+ years, I do design & build projects & offer tips on how to do simple design tasks.

The shabby chic décor is an interior design theme whereby furnishings, furniture, and finishes all possess visible signs of wear and age.

In some cases, if a client or homeowner desires a shabby chic effect, but doesn't want to expend funds on them, then existing furniture can be 'distressed' to achieve the appearance of old aged furniture such as vintage or antique pieces.

A Shabby Chic Bathroom Sink Cabinet
A Shabby Chic Bathroom Sink Cabinet

In order to differentiate shabby chic style from antique or vintage pieces, a modest, unobtrusive effect is emphasized in shabby chic.

Would you love to have the timeless look of a shabby chic bathroom? Well if you are one of those people on a tight budget who intend to have minor bathroom makeovers, the shabby chic bathroom décor is an affordable way to decorate your bathroom and give it a new lease of life, whether it's a large or small space.

There are quick and simple ways to achieve the shabby chic effect, and the time expended to carry out the task may be as short as a couple of hours.

A shabby chic bathroom look can be so cheap that it may not cost you more than a couple of tins of matt paint and a small paint brush.

Bathroom Décor Of Contemporary Chic

If you intend on transforming your dull, plain or lifeless bathroom yourself, the first thing to do is to paint all the trims white.

As is known, white is the main colour of all things shabby chic. This can be further enhanced by applying a crackle finish or shabby chic paint finish on your crown molding works.

Furniture items that have been repainted (or stained) through the years, with many layers showing through time-worn surfaces, are really considered shabby chic.

For a similar effect with new or existing bathroom furniture, a similar look can be imitated with faux painting by using a glaze, or by painting the pieces, allowing them to dry thoroughly, and then sand and rub the top coat of paint to show a bit of the wood and patches of the base coats on the areas that naturally wear out first.

Shabby Chic Bathroom Walls

The walls constitute the largest surface area in the bathroom as in other areas of the home and are one of the least expensive surfaces to update the shabby chic theme.

The chosen colours must be matte (or a flat wall paint), to get an authentic shabby chic look. It is important to note that shabby chic décor is not meant to be shiny, glossy, or flashy, but dull old and worn.

For a great effect, a vintage yellow (or a pale gold shade), and a neutral sand hue creates soft warm feels that is loved by all shabby chic enthusiasts. Another great shabby chic theme is painting the wall surfaces with stripes, using two shades of colour and masking tape.

White and off-white combinations look fantastic, as does white and soft pale yellows. You could also try white and cream lines. This will look awesome in any shabby chic bathroom décor.

Bathroom Accessories

Finally, to complete the look of shabby chic bathroom décor, the first thing to do is to change all the towels to white. White is quite prevalent in shabby chic bathroom décor and simple white towels will add instant fresh looks that are typical of shabby chic.

Towels in a soft creamy colour or champagne shades are great for these bathrooms too, as is trying to match the towels to the bathroom's wall colour. Furnishings and accessories do need to be planned and considered so as to complement and enhance the new bathroom makeover.

In Your Shabby Chic Style?

The essence of the shabby chic style is basically decorating with, and displaying something old, as in 'passed down' antique and vintage furniture and furnishings, seemingly with its original old paint and possessing distinct signs of age. That's why words such as faded and bleached remain common terms often applied to the shabby chic style.

Even the textiles tend to be linen and cotton fabrics, nothing really synthetic or man-made. Eco-friendly green textiles, particularly linens inspired by old French, in whites, looking vintage, worn or lightly bleached out are very popularly used in shabby chic settings.

Pastels are another set of favorite colours, and to make fabrics look really old and antique, it is possible to stain pale or white fabrics with light tea solutions to give it the look of an old vintage fabric.

So for an easy quick bathroom makeover, the shabby chic bathroom style is the quickest and cheapest way to get a 'new bathroom'.

Using these simple and affordable makeover ideas will liven up your dull and boring bathroom and give you a brand new traditional but chic look. That’s the beauty of shabby chic décor.

Further Reading:

Bathroom Designs to Expect In the Future

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    • viryabo profile image

      viryabo 5 years ago

      You are welcome E. Shabby chic is a wonderful theme and its affordability makes it more attractive to many.

      Thanks for visiting.

    • enchantedmirror profile image

      enchantedmirror 6 years ago

      oh wow, that first image is gorgeous! i love how the distressed look on the frame of the mirror and its color matches the drawer. thanks for all the practical tips you included in the article.

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      viryabo 6 years ago

      You're welcome toknowinfo

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Great article. Thanks for sharing so many of your ideas.

    • viryabo profile image

      viryabo 6 years ago

      Thank you Rebecca,


    • Rebecca E. profile image

      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      awesome ideas-- as always, and found it when I needed it. many thanks.

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      viryabo 6 years ago

      I know how you feel What's News. Not many go for the shabby & chic. It is unique though.

      Thanks for visiting and for your nice comments.


    • viryabo profile image

      viryabo 6 years ago

      Hello Denise, its always so good to see you.

      I've been unable to log easily to the internet in the past few days, its been a trip. Hence my late reply to your usual kind comments.

      Your dream sounds just like mine, except i forgot to put in the jacuzzi and you forgot to include the soft music!

      Thank you so much for your visit.


      PS: I couldn't finish the challenge, 20 in 30. But i'll start all over again in April. :)

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      What's News 6 years ago

      I have seen many bathrooms decorated in this style. While it's not my style I still enjoy the look of it.

    • viryabo profile image

      viryabo 6 years ago

      *Hello Becky,

      Just signed in and saw your very nice comments. So good to see you.


      So glad you enjoyed the article. what i like about shabby chic is the fact that the old worn pieces don't look bad after all and have a chance of being relevant (style wise), again.



      Thank you, and thanks for visiting.



      You are welcome. Thanks.

      How's it going?


      *Hello CW, so nice to see you here. Thanks for your kind comments and for the visit. So good to see you.


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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I just love a well designed bathroom, period! It is my dream to have a 'perfect' bathroom with space; a double shower; AND a jacuzzi tub; room to have plants, a window, a skylight...oh, better not let me have my dream, you'd never get me out of there! LOL

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      cwarden 6 years ago from USA

      Great look. Thanks for all of this information!

    • suziecat7 profile image

      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Loved this Hub - great ideas and so easy - thanks.

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      Shelly Epperly 6 years ago from Vancouver,WA

      great that look.

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'm a big fan of shabby Chic. Excellent information about how to achieve this time honored style.Great video too; I think the stained glass rose medallion in the bedroom window is lovely and the cherub shelf with the pot of roses in the bathroom looks adorable too. Thanks for an awesome hub.