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Laurel and Wolf
This bathroom demonstrates how simple accessories can really make or break a room's look and feel. The wicker towel basket on the floor would be effective on its own, but with the addition of the flowers poking out of the top of it, it becomes a contrastive and colourful part of the room.
The combination of the tall, narrow windows framing the bath, which is set into the wall doesn't scream shabby chic, but the colour scheme and large amount of natural light allowed into the room help to anchor it firmly within the aesthetic, as does the ornately carved vanity desk on the right-hand side.
This bathroom errs towards the luxurious side of shabby chic, with a fireplace offering an extra heat source if the water isn't hot enough, a full wall mirror on the right, a high amount of natural light and ample storage space in the green cabinets on each side.
There's a strong pink theme going on here, with the bath matching the curtains, walls, the pale pink squares of the checkerboard floor and even the small plant pots sitting nearby. The freestanding bath is a key shabby chic bathroom feature and, combined with that colour, is archetypal of the style.
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Some rooms need a statement piece, especially if the walls are relatively bare, and this gilded-frame painting evokes the faded glamour of the Georgian houses that adopted the shabby chic style centuries ago.
The idea of a bathroom as a peaceful escape from the pressures and hassles of daily life is emphasised here by the wallpaper, which is a valid part of the shabby chic style – you don't have to go for pastel-painted walls if you don't want to. It looks very 18th century in the above example, so don't go for anything that doesn't fit your aesthetic.
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The details should never be overlooked when you're concentrating on the bigger picture – everything should look as though it belongs and hasn't been crammed in for the sake of it. Items like this ornate wall-mounted soap dish are ideal because they're relatively understated but can fit in with all colour schemes.
This bathroom leans more towards the rustic side of shabby chic, but the pale yellow combined with the roughened finish of the sink unit works effectively to offer a farmhouse-esque feel.
Being economical with space can be difficult, especially when two people are using the same facilities. This bathroom caters for a male and female occupant, with twin sinks featuring an extendable shaving mirror on the left and a full-length mounted mirror on the right.