The Swedish shabby chic amplifies a nostalgic feeling of simpler times. A Carl Larsson era in a modern world. It's a country inspired style with provoking new touches. A design that gives a glimpse into forgotten times, long past.
Shabby Chic the Swedish Style
In the Swedish homes there is nothing allowed to get too cute, frilly or too feminine. However, a feeling of comfort is very important to the Swedes.
Chest and angel handpainted by Sannel
Light and Open Spaces
As much as I love the design of shabby chic, there is nothing more I admire than the Swedish version of shabby chic. This version is not so much cluttered and frilly and will emphasize the light and open spaces.
Comfortable and Inviting.
In the Scandinavian homes there is nothing allowed to get too cute, frilly or too feminine. However, a feeling of comfort is very important to the Swedes, as long as it's made in an elegant and tasteful way.
The Swedes like to think of shabby chic being aesthetic and not fashionable. They have adopted this style as a relaxed way of living, that looks comfortable and inviting.
They do like to put their personal note into the design as long as it's not all vintage. The exclusive and time-worn details in the accessories gives an elegant overall effect.
They have a flair of making shabby chic more youthful, more personal and more avant-garde in a warm and airy atmosphere making it feel much like a home.
Mix and Match of New and Old
The Scandinavians mix their shabby chic with old and modern elements such as 18th century white-painted Swedish furniture with a modern chair, a smart, strict over sized lamp or an elegant bright colored rug displayed under the coffee table. This mix and match of new and old make it so much interesting and vivid.
The interiors are still largely white and neutral colored, with accessories in pillows and table runners, ranging from washed out pastel to rich tones. Large or small mirrors with silver painted frames is a must, as well as photo frames in vintage styles.
Old chipped window frames could be transformed into an art form on the walls, as well as old wooden fruit boxes, which could be transformed into rustic book shelves.
What's so great about this style, is that you do not have to spend a fortune on new furniture. You can pick up real nice pieces from yard sales or second-hand stores for a small penny, and recycling them into old shabby chic furniture.
Easy to adopt style
The style is easy to adopt by faux painting using glaze, or by painting, followed by sanding away little of the top layer coat, especially on the corners to show the wood or base coats.
Of course, no shabby chic home is complete without abundant amounts of vintage lace and antique pretty fabrics. To be favored are cotton and linen. The fabric is sometimes stained with tea to give it a worn look.
A Style That Looks Comfortable and Inviting
Popular in the shabby chic decor, also called cottage style are vintage cotton or linen curtains, chenille bed covers, antique chandeliers, potpourri, vintage clocks and anything with lavender or roses on it. It is mellow, relaxed and romantic way of decorating that looks comfortable and inviting.
The Swedish Shabby Chic
The Swedish shabby chic amplifies a nostalgic feeling of simpler times. A Carl Larsson era in a modern world. It's a country inspired design with provoking new touches. A design that gives a glimpse into forgotten times, long past.
©Copyright 2012 By Sannel Larson.
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