September 4, 2013
This is Happening: Gustavian Romance
A Swedish twist on French neoclassicism, Gustavian décor may date back to the 18th century, but its suddenly popping up everywhere--like Selena Gomez. Some tell-tale signs your favourite space is aligned to this trend? A pale-on-pale colour scheme, intricately carved wood furnishings, and incredibly flattering date night lighting. If the aforementioned design tenets are (Nordic) music to your ears, follow our tips below to get the look. Think soft focus with your colour scheme: powdery whites and blues are the order of the day.
Painted wood pieces finished with thoughtful but not overly ornate carved detail are a must.
This aesthetic traditionally depends on subtlety and a more low-key approach to luxury, so seek out textiles in warm neutrals with nuanced texture: ivory linens accomplish all of the above.
Ask yourself: Would this work in Phantom of the Opera? If the answer is yes, then that candelabra or crystal chandelier you've got your eye on is very likely the statement moment you're looking for.
Yes we know, we just got finished telling you that this trend is all about light hues, but if you want to add a modern spin, introduce a dark accent to create dimensionality.
Photographs: Looks Like White, The Paper Mulberry, Paintura Home, Remodelista, Chalk Farm Home
|Gustavian Grey Dining Table, $1574, Kathy Kuo Home||Uttermost Portici Rectangular Mirror, $383, Arcadian Home||Patric Chest, $2740, Bliss Home & Design|
|Gustavian Tall Clock, $4500, 1st Dibs||Zentique Louis Settee, $1582, Amazon||Provence Dining Chair, $489, Kathy Kuo Home|
|Bangalore Paisley Navy, $112, Arianna Belle||Duvet Cover Basic Queen, $545, Calypso||Simply Shabby Chic Patchwork Bolster Pillow, $35, Target|
|Four Arm Candelabra, $625, Garde||Aidan Grey Denbigh Castle Chandelier, $2250, Candelabra||Candelabra Sconce, $140, Wisteria|
|Handcarved Gustavian Desk, $798, Anthropologie||Capital Pillow, $36, Zara Home||Crown F Tortoise, Price Upon Request, Canopy Design Ltd.|