If I were to build a new house and for the first time meet my architect, I would describe my dream home with a single picture of a furniture and my home will be built around it. I am talking about a Gustavian, Scandinavian, Swedish style, considered all in the same category. Long before shabby chic became a trend, painted furniture were already evident in the early 18th-19th century. One could be characterized as high style with furniture produced in the fashionable Empire or Regency manner and the second is the more provincial pieces with the rustic look, popularly known as the Swedish Neoclassical style.
Started out with King Gustav's enthusiasm for french furniture, he invited french cabinet makers to Sweden but later he was unable to pay them. As a result, Gustav used local craftsmen to produce similar furniture in a less ornate style that became known as "Gustavian." Local woods were used then painted rather than gilded because it was cheaper.