Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Decorate With Grey Painted Chests.........French And Swedish Style.

While French and Swedish palaces were resplendent with gilded and ornate furniture, white-washed or painted furniture was the mainstay of the country home. The petit chateau and Swedish farmhouse would have been decorated with furniture painted in shades of grey and soft cream. It is these painted country pieces that are presently in high demand on the antiques show circuit. This blog post focuses on those beautiful grey painted Swedish and French style chest of drawers that we all covet.

Guaranteed to beautify any home, the addition of painted antiques to your interiors will give depth and texture to a home's decor by bringing balance to the use of natural wood finishes. A grey painted chest will provide an artisanal, rural, understated elegance that doesn't overwhelm a space.

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Grey painted furniture automatically creates visions of the interior of an elegant French chateau or a wonderful old Swedish mansion.

This warm and comfortable furniture style is so well loved throughout France and Sweden that it never goes out of style.

A gorgeous distressed pale grey chest with soft cool grey details. These muted palettes of color, the chalk whites and wonderful warm greys are what makes Swedish and French painted furniture so warm and homey.

Swedish Gustavian grey painted chest of drawers.

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This chest features weathered wood and an elegant greyed green paint.

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Another example of a chest painted grey with a hint of green.

These grey painted chests are wonderful for creating vignettes of crystal girondles. Grey and crystal........perfection!

A chest like this, painted in a delicate grey and coupled with aged patina, will help bring sophisticated country elegance into you home.

Wonderful period Swedish Baroque chest of drawers painted in a pale grey. Grey pieces get along very well with any other color, this orange for instance.

Today, one of the strongest decorating trends is the use of "tone-on-tone" color. This means if you are painting yourself, you want to use different shades of a given color to get a textural aged appearance.

French and Swedish grey painted chest looks equally at home in the salon of a chateau or a small cottage style bedroom.

When an old chest needs a breath of new life, you might consider painting it grey. Just make sure you do your homework so you can make it look aged. Painting without giving it patina just doesn't work.

I especially like a touch of gold on aged grey pieces. This, and the following two images, are of beautiful grey chests from

You want an accumulation of polish or grime in the carving whether the furniture is painted or stained. This is what gives the piece an aged patina.

This chest is painted in a cooler bluish grey.

A painted grey chest like this would be a treasure for any home. I love the Greek key frieze.

If you like Chateau Style, you must pick up a painted grey piece. A chest is a good place to start.

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Grey is the color of stone. Because it is an elegant organic neutral it is very pleasing to the eyes. Grey painted chests work well in any room and get along very well with shades of pink and red. So gorgeous against a creamy vanilla background. Notice I said cream and not stark white.

This is a lovely grey painted chest. Remember you want to create an aged patina if you are embarking on a DIY project.

Swedish and French grey chests look so pretty against a soft greyish taupe wall. This is a wonderful combination and I love the aged turquoise stone accessories. Grey is such a great neutral and adds a clean, modern feel to just about any space.

Cute little grey chest with cream accents fits perfectly in a nook of this pretty bedroom.

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As long as grey painted French and Swedish chests emit warmth and comfort, they will continue to be perennial favorites.

A lovely distressed, pale gray Belvedere Chest with gold-leaf accents. Perfect if you love painted furniture but want a more formal style.

Last but not least......stunning grey and gold painted chest of drawers.

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