Scandinavian style finds its roots over 200 years ago during the reign of King Gustav III. While traveling in Europe, he was so taken with the neo-classical furniture and décor so popular in France during Louis XVI reign in the late 1700s that he ordered his furniture makers to copy the style. The people of Sweden readily adopted the new style and the Swedish Gustavian style was born. Later, Swede Carl Malmsten in the early 20th century popularized the Swedish style we know today which combines modern elements with antiques and reproductions. The weather of Scandinavia also plays a role in the development of the style; long dark winters with little natural light necessitated the need to create light and airy interiors.
This traditional Scandinavian style living room is decorated with delicate, ornate, light and airy furnishings which are indicative of the early Swedish style.
Traditional Scandinavian interiors are replete with pale-hued furnishings, floors and walls which all work together to brighten the Scandinavian home’s interior. Most everything is painted, bleached or stained from the furniture to the walls in light pinks, blues, greens, grays, yellows and white. Fun accents of red and gold add to the brightness of the décor. Furniture is painted, bleached or lightly stained and has clean lines and sensuous curves with tapered legs. Wood furniture is made from alder, beech, birch and white pine. Delicately carved designs are common on fluted furniture legs, tables and mirrors. Walls are painted in white, pale colors or wallpapered. Patterns tend to be stripes and soft florals on a white background. Stenciling is also popular. Decorative objects are ornate and often made with silver or glass.
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