Birds and branches shabby chic wallpaper (dove)£11.55
Birds and branches shabby chic wallpaper (teal)£11.45
Birds and branches shabby chic wallpaper (white)£10.99
Birds and typography shabby chic wallpaper (natural)£10.99
Birds and typography shabby chic wallpaper (plum/white)£10.99
Blue flowers and butterflies shabby chic wallpaper£7.99
Cream botanical roses wallpaper£7.99
Cream shabby chic Jenny Wren wallpaper£9.90
Delicate flowers shabby chic wallpaper£33.00
Jenny Wren shabby chic wallpaper£6.95
Love lives here hearts and roses wallpaper (cream)£9.45
Love lives here hearts wallpaper (pink)£9.50
Mannequin and roses wallpaper£8.95
Nautical maps shabby chic wallpaper£8.90
Pink blossom and birds shabby chic wallpaper£23.99
Shabby chic bird-on-branch wallpaper (taupe)£9.95
Shabby chic bird-on-branch wallpaper (yellow)£9.95
Shabby chic birds and typography wallpaper (red/cream)£10.99
Shabby chic butterfly and blossoms wallpaper£9.99
Shabby chic Cath Kidston style wallpaper£10.98
Shabby chic driftwood wallpaper£9.25
Shabby chic heart shapes wallpaper£9.50
Shabby chic powder blue design wallpaper£8.99
Shabby chic songbird wallpaper£21.95
Shabby chic teapot print wallpaper£11.99
Shabby chic vintage damask wallpaper£12.99
Tiny roses shabby chic wallpaper£33.00
Shabby chic wallpaper and wallcoverings: inspiration
On the walls of shabby chic rooms, there’s usually plenty of whites and neutrals, typically making use of plain emulsion or vintage floral prints. However, on this page I’ll give you a number of ideas for wallpaper and wall coverings that allow you to achieve a look that’s unique and a bit different, without breaking the bank. I’ve mentioned quite a few mock wallpapers on this page (e.g. buttons. tiles, brickwork) but if they are a little outside your budget, remember that you can get panels reproduced from a photo wallpaper company as long as you have a high res image, which you can get from an image website like Shutterstock.
1. Plain emulsion
If you plan on having a lot of prints – vintage florals, ticking stripes etc – for your fabrics and accessories, you may want to keep the walls quite plain so that the room doesn’t look too cluttered – either a white, pastel or ecru emulsion. Here’s a gorgeous colour card with some example colours that would work really well:
2. Single colour patterned wallpaper
Using patterned wallpaper gives this neutral colour scheme room some interest, but the single colour keeps the room calm and uncluttered:
Favourite shabby chic and vintage wallpaper ideas:
Cladding works well over small areas, painted in a white or light shade and then either left as-is or slightly roughed:
4. Distressed wood panel wallpaper
Much simpler to put in place than cladding, wood panel wallpaper makes a lovely backdrop to a shabby chic room and you can buy the ‘ready-distressed’ look without having to put in any effort. You can find more details about the design below in the shop.
An alternative on the panelled look is this ‘scrapwood’ wallpaper by Wallpaper from the Seventies:
5. Printed coloured wallpaper
Typical choices for printed coloured shabby chic wallpaper are Cath Kidston inspired prints (more details in the shop):
…and also prints featuring birds and bird cages like the one below. These make the room look quite busy so it’s a good idea to either coordinate with fairly plain accessories and furniture, or just use the wallpaper on a feature wall. The wallpaper below is be Kaleidoscope (UK) and costs £25 a roll.
Vintage pots are also a popular choice for printed shabby chic wallpaper (I found this design on eBay):
…as are French-inspired scripts and cherubs:
6. Wall murals
A wall mural can look less busy than covering an entire wall with printed wallpaper and you can bring a fantasy element into the room – a tree with birds for example. The design below was hand painted for a baby’s nursery but you can create the same effect with wall decals which are available cheaply on eBay.
7. Photo wallpaper
Photo wallpaper allows you to add a feature wall with a realistic photo backdrop to your room. In shabby chic rooms, you could add a simple photo-realistic floral element to the room as one option, or typical shabby chic details like these buttons (from Wallpaper from the Seventies, a rather pricey £92.41 a roll):
This gorgeous vintage hearts wallpaper is slightly more affordable at £9.50 a roll with free UK delivery (find it in the shop):
Another option is to use a photo wallpaper company’s service that allows you to upload your own artwork. The sky’s the limit when it comes to design, as long as you have a high enough resolution image. Van Gogh’s Almond Blossom would make an incredible backdrop to a shabby chic room:
8. Pattern rollers
I love the idea of the pattern rollers that add detail to plain emulsion walls, because they allow you to be really creative. You’re not stuck with whatever patterns the shop offers you – you can create your own colour combinations, and the pattern doesn’t even have to be all-over consistent. Below, for example, the walls have been rolled with a repeated pattern but this lovely detail has been added as a feature area. There are some examples on the Rollerwall website. You can use the roller to add detail around windows, frames, mirrors and even to ‘frame’ features.
9. Painted bricks
If you have an area of exposed brickwork, distressed white paint makes a brilliant shabby chic finish:
Here’s another gorgeous example which perfectly sets off the shabby chic leather sofa in front:
Image source: “Add some shabby chic style to your home”
If you love the look, you can recreate it with this brilliant distressed brickwork wallpaper by Wallpaper from the Seventies (UK, £20.48 a roll).
Stencils can help you create a beautiful original design in the exact colour scheme you need for your room. This gorgeous damask stencil is a perfect example:
You can apply your stencil over distressed paint or plain emulsion. Or, if you love the look and want to achieve it with a little less effort, opt for this vintage stencil-look shabby chic wallpaper – by Wallpaper from the Seventies (UK, £20.48 a roll).
In the kitchen or a wet area, tiles are the obvious choice – here’s a lovely example of plain white tiles mixed in with different patterns to achieve that shabby chic ‘mix of designs’ look. If you don’t have the luxury of being able to retile, you could achieve this look on a plain white wall using a mix of tile transfers.
Tile wallpaper is another quick and cheap way to achieve the tiled-effect (another pricey design by Wallpaper from the Seventies):
For small areas, a wall mosaic can make a stunning feature – perfect for little alcoves, or areas of broken plaster that need a repair. These can be made cheaply with broken plates and china. Here’s an idea for a shabby chic wall panel:
You can find more shabby chic wallpaper and wallcovering ideas in the shop.