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Swedish Interiors Using Oak Flooring

Kährs was granted a patent for a multi-layer wood flooring construction, producing the  world’s first engineered wood floor.  The construction has made flooring more stable and the raw material is utilized with greater environmental awareness.  Kährs features some beautiful Swedish Interior pictures using their flooring.  To obtain the classic Swedish style consider a oak flooring or ash wood flooring.  Ideally lighter woods are typically the style associated with Gustavian styled interiors.

This classic Scandinavian look often featured floors which are bleached or pickled.  Picking wood allows the wood grain to show through while at the same time having the benefits of white painted wood.  The style is ideal for those who want the brighter wood look, but don’t want the solid result that painting produces.

As you can see below the oak wood flooring looks  quite light against black Gustavian painted furniture, allowing the furniture to steal the spotlight.  The white walls accented in gilt wall ormolu brings forth the classic upscale Swedish style that we all love.  An empire Gustavian chandelier sits on a gray painted table in this lovely living room suite.  “Coffee tables”  didn’t come into fashion until about the late 1800’s, so what you see in the room below is a foundational approach to a living-room if you are hoping to create a 17th and 18th century Gustavian home.  Pairing a Swedish Gustavian bench with two accent chairs and a table which is a regular height is a common theme in Swedish decorating.

Additionally, if you look closely, you can see two chairs which are positioned in front of the over-sized windows.    Lining chairs up along a wall, or in front of a window tends to fall in line with the Gustavian decorating which is very symmetrical. The idea of framing a small wall with a chair, or a piece of furniture allows a particular area to be “showcased” if you will.

The typical house wasn’t as spacious as our American homes today, so furniture was needed to be pushed against the walls, along with tables.  This is why you see many tables with leaves such as the table in the picture below.

Chairs and tables were stationed along the walls, and then moved every time supper or dinner rolled around.  Can you imagine the wear and tare on the furniture?  Perhaps that is why many people needed to re-paint their furniture yearly, because it was banged around a lot.

If you think of small apartment living, a person would want as much room as possible, and would avoid furniture placements that create a cramped feeling.  Floor space for the modern person is often needed for kids playing, crafting, exercises, hobbies and anything else that a person needs room for.  This approach makes sense today as it did back then.

Over-sized mirrors like the one in the picture were large simply because the sun would rise early and set around 3:30 pm, much like our winters in Canada.

If you have ever lived through winters such as this, over time, a person desires light, because there simply isn’t enough of it. Candles were once placed in front of mirrors because they act like a reflection allowing more light into the room, as with over-sized windows.  Light colored walls, and flooring would bring in more light into a room, thus extending the available sunlight.  Swedish decorating is so lovely because it is upscale, high end if you will, and simply more prestigious than any “shabby” decorating
Swedish Interiors Using Oak Flooring

Swedish Interiors Using Oak Flooring

  • these are nice floor! I bet it’s durable and it has sophistication attached on it!