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Do You Love Shabby Chic Decorating? I Do Too. I Also Love Red, What To Do.

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Pink With Red

Pink With Red



The Shabby Chic Way I Decorate.

I love shabby chic, but I also love red so it's sometimes hard to work red into a shabby chic design. I have done the best I can and will give you some ideas on what you need for shabby chic. Shabby chic can be used anywhere inside or out in your yard or garden. It can be cheap to decorate shabby chic because it doesn't take new items. Though old or new can be incorporated in this type of décor.

My grandmother was kind of a shabby chic lady. She lived to be 100 and I still try to copy things I remember in her home. She also loved red and had a big red stove in her kitchen.

Some, I guess would say I decorate old fashioned or vintage. Shabby chic is kind of old fashioned. On this hub, you will find fabrics which work and item which can be used in shabby chic decorating. I have lots of items on my dresser as you can see, but you can always cut this down and put out just a few items. I also use chandeliers in just about every room. Some of the pictures are from our old farmhouse and others are not. We paint all our trim in the house white so this also helps to add to shabby chic.

Red Birds In Picture

Red Birds In Picture

Vintage Hand and Poodles

Vintage Hand and Poodles

Items You can use in Shabby Chic.

Many items can be used for shabby chic. Old mirrors, picture frame, garden racks used in the house, old lamps, old tables, plates in pretty colors, old pictures, old cabinets, birdhouses, old shelves etc.

Like I said you can mix and match with old and new. I have a friend who had a big shabby chic mirror in her home she said she bought it from a place like a Home Goods store, but it was new.

I buy lots from rummage, yard sales, flea markets and antique stores. If you paint it white or in a pastel it will be perfect. I love flowered boxes and use them for photos or bills anything I need to store and they look great with shabby chic.

I paint at least one wall red in three of my rooms. Then I add red all around it. Red goes well with just about any pastel color. Red adds energy to a room.

Kitchen Items



Red and Pink Vase And Chicken

Red and Pink Vase And Chicken




Shabby chic can easily be used in the kitchen and dining room as you can see from the picture on here. Roosters are always good with shabby chic. In the kitchen window an old green juicer with a small pink rooster and flowered flower pot.

Flowered plates and pastel colors mix in with a little red if you like the red look.

Old teapots, flowered or white vases, old laced dish towels or tablecloths. Linens are always a good way to add shabby chic.

Many of the antique items you will find for a kitchen are done in pastels.

Vintage dish towels also help with the look. They are easy to find. Anything with lace will also look shabby chic.

White Table Leg

White Table Leg

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Painted White

Painted White

Paint White

Paint furniture in white. This is a table we have in the living room. The table was in bad shape but once the white was put on it all the flaws disappeared.

The piece in white above our door goes to an old chest of some kind. I can't remember where I found it.

If you go to home and garden stores like Home Depot, you can find wood pieces to paint white. White and can be used around the house for shabby chic, such as newel knobs and post for stairs.

Items for Shabby Chic.

Wire baskets used on the wall in the kitchen or bathroom.

Plate holder in the living room with old and new plates on it. An old mirror I bought at an estate sale many years ago. It always reminded me of the evil queens mirror in Snow White. An old hall tree we have had for years I hang plates in around it and a big star. The shelf is done with a window behind it and mirror added to the window fancy brackets to hold it up.

I also like antique gloves they fit right in with shabby chic, so does old books more weathered and worn they look the better. Some of the green, red and brown colors on old books are so pretty.

I hang tassels on knobs on dresser and cabinets. I also but string beads around pictures.

Old hankies are also good to decorate with. Turn them into pillows, throws or lay them under some of your things with little edges hankie sticking out.

Light From Old Home

Light From Old Home

Pink and Red Roses on Towels

Pink and Red Roses on Towels

In the bathroom, I took old pictures of family members at the ocean or at a lake swimming and printed them out framed them and hung up with a starfish. I also use a white shower curtain.

I have a vintage wire trash can for the toilet paper. My light is vintage chandelier from an old home with little red and pink roses on it.

My towels are pink and red roses. You can add any pastel with red for towels. Towels always make a bathroom look good and it's a good way to freshen your bathroom if you feel you want a change.

Fabric Which Work With Shabby Chic.

Some of the best fabrics for shabby chic. Pink always goes with Shabby Chic and it mixes well with red.

Line the inside of your cabinets with fabric or with wallpaper with the Shabby Chic look.

My favorite designer is Sarah Richardson loved her farmhouse on HGTV.

Bold with shabby chic.

The new look is going bold with shabby chic. Bold colors used in different ways. The rooms still look shabby chic and bright colors are used. I guess we could call it updated shabby chic.

If you decorate this way you find it's homey and warm and comfortable to live with.

You can get lots of ideas from HGTV website or any of the magazines like Country Living. Target carries the Rachel Ashwell line under Simple Shabby Chic.

Look in magazines or check out all the shabby chic on hub pages, study the shabby chic look and you will be able to figure out how to incorporate it into your home.

Bright Color For Shabby Chic

Bright Color For Shabby Chic



Red Wall

Red Wall

Where to get your ideas for shabby chic.

If you're looking for new items to decorate with, look in the garden center or a florist, they usually have great stuff.

In your bedroom, any old table will work for a nightstand or dresser, headboards in fabric or wood and metal... Any kind of bedspread can be used for the bedroom, chenille, matelasse, homemade quilts and flowered. I love the first bedroom photo with the red spread. Green trim and boots at the foot of the bed.

Vintage Garden Chair

Vintage Garden Chair

Shabby chic in the garden.

You can also add shabby chic outside and around your garden. Use old fences, wire or wood. Old gliders. Vintage trellises and chairs. Vintage or new bird houses.

The old wood chair is in my garden it was left behind by the last owners of this house.

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I Love Shabby Chic Decorating. I Also Love Red, What To Do?


moonlake (author) from America on May 04, 2014:

JenAngel, Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate comments. Have a great week.

Jen Wiss from Nottinghamshire on May 04, 2014:

I think one of the best things about the shabby chic look is that you can just adapt it for your home to suit your own style. There's no real strict rules to it, so it doesn't matter if you're using red here and there.There's so many lovely pics in this hub, thank you for making it, I'll be pinning some now :-)

moonlake (author) from America on August 03, 2013:

rajan jolly, Thank you and thanks so much for the vote, share and pin.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 31, 2013:

The shabby chic looks great and red fires up the look a lot. Lovely pictures.

Voted up and interesting. Shared and pinned.

moonlake (author) from America on June 08, 2013:

Au fait, No problem...

C E Clark from North Texas on June 08, 2013:

Board is part of the URL that shows on top of the page when I'm on my profile page. I thought it was part of the address. I'm so sorry it's caused you so much trouble. Thank you so much for the follow!

moonlake (author) from America on June 08, 2013:

Au fait, I finally got it I took the word boards off your url and it went right to your pinterest. Now I see it in my email.

moonlake (author) from America on June 08, 2013:

Au fait, It won't work that's ok it must be something on my end. I don't know what it is yet.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 08, 2013:

I don't know what to tell you. Here's my URL. You can copy and paste it into your browser and maybe that will work.

moonlake (author) from America on June 08, 2013:

I tried my own and it worked I clicked on Peggy W. and hers worked and few others I tried worked. I can't get yours to work I used IE and I tried with Safari got the 404.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 08, 2013:

I just now clicked on that button and it took me straight to my Pinterest page. I did it a second time to make sure. Maybe there's a glitch on your account that will correct itself shortly. I've noticed strange things happen on this site from time to time.

moonlake (author) from America on June 08, 2013:

Au fait, Your Pinterest button isn't working on your profile page I get a 404 when I click it. You might want to check it. I have pinned some of yours and will be pinning more. I enjoy your interesting hubs.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 08, 2013:

Thank you moonlake. I will be adding more of your hubs to my Pinterest boards because they are so interesting. :)

moonlake (author) from America on June 08, 2013:

Au fait, I was a little worried thought you were leaving hubpages!! I will check out your Pinterest and follow you.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 08, 2013:

moonlake, I just meant so long as I was looking at your hub and clicking on PIN, I would also share it again with my followers. Yes, I was planning to move on to something else after I finished Pinning your excellent hub. ;) Sorry to be confusing. So "here" meant visiting your hub, not here on HP.

You can visit my Pinterest account and see your hub on my interior design board by going to my profile page where there is a little button on the upper right side of the page that says "Also follow me on . ." above the button. I hope you will have a great weekend! :)

moonlake (author) from America on June 08, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you I appreciate that. What does so long as I'm here mean are you going somewhere?

C E Clark from North Texas on June 07, 2013:

I've come back to this hub because it is one of my favorites, and I just got a new Pinterest account today and I've set up a board for interior design. I think this hub is perfect for that board. I'll be pinning more of your hubs in future because you have so many great ones. Going to share this hub so long as I'm here . . .

moonlake (author) from America on May 23, 2013:

rebeccamealey, Thank you I'm glad you came by for a visit.

moonlake (author) from America on May 23, 2013:

Peggy W, Thank you so glad you came by. I appreciate the vote and share.

moonlake (author) from America on May 23, 2013:

lisasuniquevoice, Thank you Lisa I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the vote.

moonlake (author) from America on May 23, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you I appreciate that and thanks so much for stopping by.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 23, 2013:

I love your shabby chic décor, and I think the red you chose fits in quite well!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 23, 2013:

I really like what you have done with your yard sale finds and other items and how you have mixed them together for a cozy and comfortable look. I also like watching HGTV and get lots of ideas. Seeing the photo of those white ladies gloves on a table reminded me of some belonging to my mother and grandmother that are in a drawer. I should get them out and put them on display. Voted UUI and will share.

Lisa Brown from Michigan on May 23, 2013:


I love this shabby chic look. I have never seen it presented in so many ways. I vote this hub up and useful, and beautiful.


C E Clark from North Texas on May 22, 2013:

This is one of my favorites of your hubs because it utilizes things that are not new, but they add so much character to a home. I also love the shabby chic way of decorating. Going to share this hub with my followers again.

moonlake (author) from America on March 15, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you for stopping by. I enjoy going to yard sales or antique stores. Thanks for the vote and share I appreciate.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 14, 2013:

I love shabby chic too! It's such a comfortable laid back way to decorate. Fortunately I'm not that attached to red. I like red, but I'm a purple person and I like blues and greens too. You have some great ideas here. I like finding items at yard sales and recycling them as you know, and shabby chic is perfect for that sort of thing. Voting this hub up, beautiful, and will share!

moonlake (author) from America on February 20, 2012:


Thank you for stopping by my hub. I appreciated all visitors I get.

moonlake (author) from America on February 20, 2012:


Thanks for stopping by. I glad you liked the hub. Thank you for the vote.

LadyLyell from George, South Africa on February 20, 2012:

What a nice home you have created!

Thanks for showing me the photos of your work.

SanneL from Sweden on February 20, 2012:

I love Shabby chic myself! I do however prefer white and light in my interior design. Furthermore, I like to mix strong hues like red, purple or green into the style. Your interior is beautiful, and the red give it a dramatic flair. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us! Rated up, useful and beautiful.

moonlake (author) from America on June 03, 2011:

Thanks Sun-Girl for stopping by and leaving a nice comment.

Sun-Girl from Nigeria on June 03, 2011:

Lovely and useful tips which i so much enjoyed the pics in here, thanks.

moonlake (author) from America on April 11, 2011:

Thank you, it's sure a work in procress.

Linda Batey from Maine on April 11, 2011:

I love what you've done with the place! I have a living room with NOTHING on the walls because I can't make up my mind what to put there...

...and my kitchen walls are RED and I love it!

moonlake (author) from America on April 06, 2011:

Thank you SweetiePie and thanks for stopping by.

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on April 06, 2011:

It is cool that you are finding ways to decorate your home!

moonlake (author) from America on March 29, 2011:

Thank you, Pamela99. In my house you will find red in every room one way or another.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 29, 2011:

I think your shabby chic look is beautiful. What is wrong with red? I love it. Rated up.

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