Shabby Chic Window Treatments

Shabby Chic Window Treatments

Let a lived-in vintage look inspire your window treatments

By Josienita Borlongan

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Shabby chic window treatments are essential to completing your shabby chic decor. Shabby chic is all about understated style that is also budget-friendly. Choosing the right fabric, color and texture are necessary to create a shabby chic window treatment to complement your home.


In the 1980s, interior designer Rachel Ashwell coined and popularized the term "shabby chic"; however, British homes had been using this style since the 1900s.


If you opt for shades, look to soft fabrics and consider Roman shades, which fold along the bottom when raised; balloon shades, which curve at the bottom; or the economical roller shades, which roll up. If you prefer curtains, simple, unlined curtains are more common than luxurious, frilly ones.

Colors and Patterns

Whites, creams, watery blues and buttery yellows are common color choices for shabby chic window treatments. For patterns, look to floral, toile and bird motifs.


Shabby chic decor lends itself to soft light fabrics such as cotton, lace and sheers. However, sometimes you might find treatments in chenille, velveteen or satin that lend themselves to shabby chic decor. Fabrics without lining work better than heavy, lined ones.


You're striving for a slightly worn look that's still clean and fresh. Tea-stained and bleached vintage fabrics go well with shabby chic decor.

About the Author

Josie Borlongan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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