I absolutely love Gustavian furniture. I have mixed pieces of it with all of my other furnishings over the years and I find it to be timeless and versatile.
The history of Gustavian furniture began in 1771, when the future king of Sweden, Gustav III, returned home to Sweden after an extended stay at the court of Louis XVI at Versailles. The young monarch was highly influenced by the Neoclassical style and sought to recreate it in Sweden.
The Gustavian style that evolved is a restrained interpretation of the French Louis XV and Louis XVI style. Initially, Gustavian furniture was reserved for royal palaces. However, the style soon gained popularity with the average citizen. While palaces were graced with gilded furniture, countryside homes were decorated with painted furniture; either white-washed or painted gray or soft cream. The light painted finishes provided a reflective quality that was desired during the long dark winters.
The Gustavian style has increased in popularity over the years. I love the simplicity of the design and the unique patina of the aged, painted wood.
Beautiful, isn’t it? I often can source Gustavian pieces, so if you are looking for something special, just let me know and I will try and find it for you.
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