Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Decorating in the Swedish Style

The refined elegance and casual aged appearance seem to give Swedish style decorating a universal appeal. Indeed, there is no question that Swedish style is popular for decorating homes.
But what is popular with Swedish style decors? Anything pale, light, airy and lustrous. Since pale walls, floor and furnishings reflect natural light, this decorated style creates a calm, cheerful and even a warm feeling on the darkest winter days.
Here are some specific details that are found in Swedish furnishings.
The Swedish Lyre Tall Case Clock is a statement piece that warmly greets guests in many Swedish style decorated homes. Coach Barn offers a lovely reproduction piece that would delight with its charming details.

Walls, floors, accessories and furniture are painted or stained in pale tones of white, cream, soft yellow, pale pink, soft green and dove grey. These surfaces are accented with gold and red. The Patric Chest above features an antique off white base with gold accents.

After white, blue is the color most often used in Swedish style interiors. The tone reflects a feeling of a clear, fresh day and coordinates easily with the other colors of the Swedish color palette. The Swedish Bed Luxe and Swedish Armoire in Robin's Egg Blue are breathtaking.

Straight lines are combined with gentle curves as shown on the Swedish Side Chair above. Legs on case goods are delicate and tapered at the floor.

Extra seating is provided by benches of simple, delicate design such as the Swedish Rococo Bench above.

Wooden frames and delicate, carved legs found on the Swedish Arm Chair are typical with this style.

Most wooden furniture such as the Swedish Three Drawer Chest above is painted in white, cream and other delicate light colors.
In summary, light, clean, white and blue mean Swedish style!


  1. Who is the maker of the 3 drawer chest pictured?

    Thanks. Brandon Glenn.

    1. Both pieces can be purchased at The Patric Chest is part of the European Zen Collection and the Swedish Three Chest is part of the Maison Collection.