Unusual Swedish Neoclassicism

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Style story

during the reign of Gustav III in the late 18th century, the Swedish King spent a year with Louis XVI in France. That is, at that time, he fell in love with the neoclassical style and brought it back to China. The decoration of the neoclassical style reached its peak with the support and promotion of the king in Sweden

but different from the neoclassical style prevailing in Europe at that time, the Swedes simplified the complicated and elegant forms in the style, increased the proportion of comfort, and pushed this style design to the peak. Nowadays, people always compare the classic Swedish interior design with the design in Gustav period

when the Baroque and Rococo styles in Europe are too delicate and complex to meet the taste of modern people, the design in the Gustav period is favored for its comfortable element design. The legs of tables and chairs are usually slender with grooves, and decorations are less used but very effective, including exquisite leaf carving, Greek patterns, etc. Furniture is usually whitewashed in pure white, cream and blue paint, all of which show bright spirituality

decorative painting techniques of wall decoration

wall decoration

1 The decoration of the restaurant was influenced by Carl marathon, a great watercolor master in the 20th century

2. The decorative method of hanging plates and decorative painting has been popular in Swedish families for several centuries. In those days, mobile painters traveled in the countryside and decorated the walls with painting methods such as hanging patterns, laurel colored spots, imitation marbling, etc. so far

the trim is mainly pine wood


1 Other European countries have many tree species, while Sweden mainly produces pine wood. During the Gustav period, the floors were mostly made of wide and thick pine wood after years of scrubbing and bleaching with alkaline soap. Bare wood floors are also common in Swedish homes, which are usually decorated with carpets with stripes, checkers or other geometric shapes

2. The handrail of the stairs conveys traditional feelings in a special way of Swedish expression, which looks a bit like the silhouette of a classical water urn

decoration red is mostly matched with white


1 The cotton fabric with checkered and striped patterns is mostly blue or red with white, which looks very simple, and is deeply loved by people in the Gustav period in terms of home decoration. Wallpaper with small floral patterns in the vertical direction is also very popular in Swedish homes

2. Silk brocade, damask and embroidery are usually used in more formal occasions. The curtains of general families are simple and practical, and most of them are wearing unlined cotton cloth on the curtain ring. The roller blind is covered by a translucent head

the collocation of yellow decorations is very popular


1 The collocation of blue and white or yellow is also very popular. The ivory paint whitewash replaces the gold plating process of furniture, and brightens the furniture made of birch and pine. At the end of the 18th century, influenced by the British trend, furniture began to imitate rosewood with full painted texture

2. Because the winter in Sweden is dark and long, and the sunshine is limited, the indoor tone is mostly limited to two light colors, and there may also be a third color for decoration. Gray or light gray and light blue are often matched with cream yellow and dotted with rust red





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