To recreate the look in your own home:
- The Gustavian style colors were predominately white, cream, gray, pale blue, and pale green. Pale pink and yellow also find their way into the palette.
- The deeper accent colors of green, red, gold and yellow ochre come from the Swedish Country style.
- Traditionally the colors were lime-washes or water-based paints so the look ranges from slightly chalky to fully saturated colors.
- Use blond rather than dark woods. Birch, white pine, beech, and alder are good choices.
- Light wood tones are also used for furniture, floors and walls, and either left natural, bleached, or painted in pale colors.
- Fresh flowers and natural objects are always part of the decor as are blankets, woven textiles, and rugs to take away a chill.
- Candles, sconces, table lamps, fireplaces and even mirrors are all placed to add warmth and light during the dark days of a long winter.
- Often windows are left uncovered or have fine white muslin curtains.
The styles and colors of Sweden resonate with us today. There is a simple elegance that appeals to our need for a combination of calm surroundings and high style into the 21st century.