things I love – Gustavian Swedish Style


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As an interior designer, there are so many styles that I love.

I love Chinoiserie, Hollywood Regency, Californian, country casual, modern-traditional styles. But if someone asked me what my absolute favorite is, I’d have to say it’s Gustavian Swedish style designs.

I am sure as this blog progresses, I will be posting a lot about this, or weaving into other posts, elements of this style. One reason is that Gustavian Swedish is a style that stands on its own. However, it’s also a style that mixes so well with other styles, because the pieces are all painted.

The lines of the furniture are clean and stream-lined. I feel that painted furniture, no matter what the style has an inherent beauty that doesn’t call a lot of attention to itself. I love mixing it with wooden pieces so the room is not too “woody.”

Gustavian Swedish Style furnishings and rooms have a heavenly earthiness, if that makes any sense.

The complexity of Gustavian Swedish Style finishes is what makes them rich and satisfying. I love the pale creams, greys and blues, peeling paint, and the look of a “scrubbed” wall and floor. Here, please enjoy some of my favorite examples of Gustavian Swedish furnishings and rooms.

Most of these are authentic antiques. Some might not be. If you go with antique, be sure to buy from a reputable deal such as Loi Thai.

There is some Gustavian style furniture which is made from old parts, but is not an authentic antique. And then there are some very good new, reproductions. That’s fine as long as one is aware of what they are getting.

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This last image isn’t purely Swedish. It is Belgian. But just as there is over-lap with Italian, French and English, so there is with Swedish, French and other northern European countries.

Best wishes,


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  • Kaye Murray - May 28, 2017 - 6:01 PM

    When visiting Sweden 2 years ago, I became obsessed with Swedish Gustavian style, and want to incorporate the feeling of it in my home. Since I can’t afford the authentic antiques, I need to copy the style in paint and other small ways, like folks in the Swedish country side do. Thanks for your posts, so happy to know someone else shares my enthusiasm for this wonderful style.ReplyCancel

  • Abigail McBride - May 30, 2016 - 11:53 AM

    I am obsessed with this post! Those painted tables make my heart sing.ReplyCancel

  • Lloyd Ryder - November 3, 2015 - 5:50 AM

    It is a treat to read someones blog that has a
    passion for Swedish antiques.I prefer rococo and
    also the Swedish Empire period.I also deal in the same
    French periods.
    I look forward to more blogs.
    Lloyd RyderReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - November 5, 2015 - 12:54 AM

      Thanks for stopping by Lloyd! I presume that you know Loi Thai’s gorgeous blog Tone on Tone?ReplyCancel

  • Loi Thai - July 24, 2012 - 7:36 PM

    Hey Laurel – Go Swedish! H-e-l-l-o!!
    How are you? Hope you are doing well. Thanks for this post. Swedish = yesterday, today and tomorrow. Is that cheesy? 😉

    • Laurel-Home - July 24, 2012 - 11:00 PM

      notice how I got your gorgeous living room in there? 🙂 Swedish IS timeless and I love that and mixing it
      with other traditional furnishings! I’m getting to that! I also like cheese. (I lived in Wisconsin for a number of years!)ReplyCancel