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Swedish Decor

Are you looking for a style that is a little different from other styles? Do you want a style that is fresh, refined, elegant, yet casual? If so, Swedish décor would be the ideal choice. This particular style is often overlooked, which is a real shame. With Swedish décor, you will enjoy a look that is light, airy, and lustrous. The following are some suggestions for achieving the Swedish look:
  • Keep with the pale tones that you would find with cream, white, or light blue, green, or yellow. When you use light colors of pink, gray, green, blue, and yellow, you can then accent them with deeper, rich colors of red and gold.

  • White and blue are the two most popular choices in the color palette for Swedish décor. The goal is to create a look of blue and bright skies, even when it might be raining outdoors.

  • As mentioned, red and gold highlights are commonly paired with white, often found in checked, stripes, or floral patterns.

  • For the furniture, you want to stick with clean, straight lines that may or may not have gently curves. Typically, table legs are delicate and tapered.

  • The Swedish bed is also made with clean lines but you will often find that the headboard and footboard are upholstered. Canopies are common, made from flowing, white batiste that is hung from the ceiling or wall. Other popular bed styles include trundle beds, daybeds, and bed nooks.

  • Another staple in the Swedish décor is benches. You will find these to be long and narrow, usually with an upholstered top.

  • When it comes to furniture, flooring, and cabinetry, the primary focus should be on blonde woods such as pine, beech, alder, and birch. If you have other type of furniture that you would like to use that is not blonde, you can paint it white or a light clor, keeping with the color scheme.

  • Many of the accents found in Swedish rooms are found on the furniture. This might be seen as fluted legs, mirror frames, or scrolled table borders.

  • For the fabrics used in the Swedish room, you want to use cotton or natural linen. The nice thing is that with these fabrics, you can choose from something simple or textured.

  • The patterns that are used in Swedish décor will typically have a white background and then just one other color, such as yellow, blue, or red. If using floral patterns, be sure to keep the design small. For checks, stripes, or plaids, you would look for a single color that might also incorporate white.
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