Are you in love with white linen and a pale color palette? Do you adore light woods, clean design, and hints of glamour? If so, Swedish style might be for you.
The roots of the style go back over 200 years when King Gustav of Sweden redecorated his Stockholm palace in a pared-down version of Louis XIV furnishings all the rage in Paris. Not surprisingly, the furnishings became known as Gustavian -- a term that is still used today.
Since Swedish winters are dark, the style had major appeal for its soft, light colors and wood tones which served to lighten interiors even on the darkest of days. Added sparkle in mirrors, chandeliers, and touches of gilt give this style a hint of glamour as well.
Learn more about the elements of Swedish style on the next page.