I love mixing the rustic look with the antique swedish Gustavian furniture we source at swedish interior design. Often the best creative images come from happy mistakes and experimentation so its always good to try a few ideas and see what comes out the best. Don't be afraid to try - there's always something you can do if you mess up.
For example I was stripping off the old wallpaper in our new house to repaint the wall and I fell in love with the rough plastered background that lay behind the nasty 60s wallpaper. It has a great texture and feel - like something that would cost an arm and a leg to recreate, so I was ecstatic that it was there.
It has a real Gustavian feel thats perfect for swedish antiques and makes a wonderful backdrop for the handsome Mora clocks we sell - we are lucky to have one in nearly every room. They have such a sense of style and grace.
Once I stripped off the wallpaper I gave the wall a little white wash but the old plaster had a hint of grey in it, so I followed these colours throughout the room.
I placed an antique console table finished in a matching grey tone paint wash beside the mora clock and dry brushed the gold carvings so they blended in with the overall look. I even painted an antique rocking horse that I have had for years to match: I had always loved it and wanted it in the room but the brown fur just didn’t go with my look.
So I painted three layers of ecos chalky paint on the fur so it too ended looking a little like the plaster on the walls, as the paint matted the fur. I finished the look with a lovely plaster head my mother made for me and a pair of vintage wings.
Here's the result