When it comes to interior design, home decorating and fashion, Belgian designers are leaders in the field.
To sum it up, it’s simple, classic, and minimalistic.
Customary of Belgian design is worn woods, gray and brown neutrals, bare floorboards, desks and tables draped with linen and the list goes on. Wood is a very popular accent and decor in the home as well. And the more rustic and antique looking the better.
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Want to learn how to bring Belgian Style in an American Home from House Beautiful? Designer Kay Douglass takes an American home and fills it with Belgian style. Using worn woods, furniture that is stylish and comfortable. She also uses warmer wood tones that is popular in Belgian interiors
Here is a break down of Belgian style ideas for each individual room in your home:
#12. The Foyer
In the foyer, the over-sized honey colored antique table contrasts with the floors, combined with the dark chair and light lilac colored walls creates an elegant ambiance.
Douglass found the table, which often doubles as a buffet for the dining room beyond, in Belgium. Walls, molding, and ceiling are all in Benjamin Moore’s Seapearl. The large antique concrete bowl and the hanging lantern are from Douglass’s Atlanta store, South of Market.
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#11. The Living Room
Minimalism and simplicity is popular in Belgian style. Here we see the use of neutrals, which makes the room look very clean and together as well as fresh. The use of neutrals really help open up the room. The fireplace is concrete and it’s not stained, to go with the minimalistic approach which also contrasts the organic look and warm tones of the wood inside. The window treatments also provide contrast for the red wing chairs, which are actually slip covered.
#10. The Dining Room
Look up. Here we see a raw wood ceiling. The rough texture of the ceiling contrasts the smoothness of the dining room table and chairs as well as the carpet. The dining room table and ceiling also give a “lived-in European romance.”
#9. The Kitchen
This kitchen is so stylish yet also embodies everything Belgian design stands for. Simplification. Everything about this kitchen is minimalistic from the gray-green cabinets to the raw wood ceiling we saw in the dining room before.
Counters are Calcutta Gold marble, and the breakfast area’s farm table and Chinese chairs are antiques from South of Market. An old southern door serves as both picturesque focal point and family photo album.
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#8. The Sunroom
In this room, the chaises have stone-brown slip covers on them. They’re also back lit by the row of windows, perfect for an afternoon reading. The yellow table not only is chic and provides a soft contrast between the interior’s color, but it’s a perfect place to put your coffee for a little relaxation before work, or for your wine after work.
#7. The Stairway Landing
We may not think of our stairway landing until now. This is an area that goes overlooked, but when a little TLC is involved, it is transformed into something beautiful in the home. This window release is very common in a European house.
#6. The Family Room
This is classic Belgian style right here. It’s simple, comfortable and welcoming. There isn’t a lot of furniture, which is also common of Belgian style. And believe it or not, those Ancient French doors are actually a custom media cabinet.
Whether you’re looking to redecorate, or just like looking at different house styles you can’t go wrong with Belgian design. It’s beautiful, classic, elegant and perfect for anyone who likes minimalism. Douglass did an amazing job designing each of these rooms and really infusing this southern home with Belgian style. For the top five Belgian style rooms in an American home by House Beautiful, click here!