A Shabby Chic Nursery is effortless, relaxed, and stylish. It is the creative interior expression of a laid-back parent.  Shabby Chic works well with young children since it doesn’t take much effort to get your space looking tidy and stylish again. If you are one of those who is averse to sleek living spaces then you too, might love Shabby Chic!


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Shabby Chic as a design style was made popular by Rachel Ashwell, an English designer now resident in the United States. It is a happy balance between traditional English country and city chic. A Shabby Chic nursery or bedroom draws inspiration from the garden or the coast as both design styles refer to the outdoors. Because of its casual look, it is easy to recreate this style in your nursery or child’s bedroom. Think pastel colours, linens and large-scale floral patterns.


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For a shabby chic nursery or child’s bedroom, choose stylish furniture with curves for girls, like our French Cot Bed or Tess Girls’ Bed and for boys, clean lines with some moulding- we love our Traditional-Modern Cot Bed, Eaton. Some of our nursery and children’s furniture feature architectural or playful mouldings which can be painted in a contrast colour to add that pop.



Traditional Rocking Chair available from The Baby Cot Shop

Choose a muted shade of grey- which is hugely popular, dusty rose or crispy white. You can also go for floral wallpaper or have a mural artist paint large stripes or wide bands along the walls. When choosing paint colour for the nursery, be aware that paint looks different at different times of the day. Painted furniture will also show up differently when in a non-white room.

For that country look, add sage green, pink and cream to the mix, for example, a gingham roman blind overlaid with a pair of floral curtains. For bed linen choose white or neutral linens. Linen fabric can be rumpled and homely or smart and Chic.


Design questions:

Q Grey is a trendy colour, can I use it in shabby chic?

A Yes you can Replace the white with grey and use that as your background. Keep it light as you don’t want strong colours against dark florals for a baby or child’s bedroom.


Q Can I incorporate art into this design?

A Yes, you can. Choose a name canvas or framed nursery art to add personality and complement with inspirational quotes framed in a shabby chic frame. Remember to keep the balance of colour and pattern so the room is not overwhelmed or too busy. Go for a bespoke memo board to introduce organisation to your child, they come in any fabric and colour.


Q I’m not a fan of floral prints, why can I use instead?

A Believe it or not, Shabby Chic is not rigidly tied to the garden, how do you feel about maritime symbols? Choose nautical designs instead of floral, which works for boys or girls.


Besides supplying the world’s most beautiful baby and children’s furniture, we also offer an interior design service that aims to create an imaginative space for your child. Whether it’s a fairytale bedroom or a nautical nursery, visit us at our Chelsea Showroom, or email us to discuss your child’s room design requirements.


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The Baby Cot Shop, 408 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LJ
0203 3717530
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