A little History Lesson about Gustavian furniture…

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.









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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.

Enjoy the rest of your week!


xo Jennifer



10 Responses to A little History Lesson about Gustavian furniture…

  1. Kp says:

    Ask and ye shall receive! :)
    Absolutely lovely in every way.
    Keep up the good work, inspiring others to live beautifully.

  2. Janne says:

    I have always loved the Gustavian furniture and can’t find it anywhere for a good price . You’re lucky to have it. Janne

  3. carla coffee says:

    I could easily be persuaded to include this type of furniture in my home…I especially like the piece on the brick floor…and the brick floor also…

  4. Susan Street says:

    You do a fabulous job with all your posts but this one is especially near and dear to my heart. Thank you!

  5. kath says:

    Love the shots and the furniture. Didn’t know the history of it at all. Thanks for the lesson :) love History and now I can say I’ve learned something new today already! Thanks.

  6. Jen says:

    Thank you for the lovely photographs! I’ve long been a fan of the Gustavian style.

  7. Maria says:

    LOVE! I hope to introduce a couple pieces to my home some day! I have been looking especially for a long wooden bench like in the photos for my kitchen table!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for your comments. I love to hear them!

  9. Beautiful! I love the Gustavian style….would love to have everything in those photos! Great post!


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