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How To Decorate In The Belgian Style


Belgian Design is about creating a calm atmosphere, quiet interior without much contrast.  Belgian design is often sparse with one or two dressy pieces mixed in.  Wicker is popular, along with heavily distressed furniture, pottery, and anything which looks very organic friendly.

Here are a couple tips to pulling the look off:

  • Work in slip-covered furniture, light colored upholstered furniture, lighter unfinished woods, and gray, beige or white based walls.
  • Go with long sofas, large coffee tables with metal bases and simple wood tops.
  • Go for nicer, high end quality antiques, and less clutter.  Often times their rooms are large which appear almost empty.
  • Go with huge, lanterns and oversized pieces of furniture, and substantial accessories.

Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt

The flat in Venetian Palazzo owned by Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt, photo by Mario Ciampi

  • Belgian design can present itself to be moody.  Work one room in the darker grays, burnt oranges, browns  and incorporate urns and vases and fabulous art work.
  • Belgian style is always matte, and never shiny.  The floors are always dulled down, and are never stained or varnished.  Floors are often limed, or white washed, and the wood paneling is also not stained.   Belgian style is about texture, depth, and intricate finishes.
  • Work with gilt mirrors, worn terra-cotta, white dishes.  Lamps are often made out of vases and fancy crystal chandeliers are hung from the ceiling, re-purposed into lamps for the table.  Go for linen, or wool throws for the sofa and on the beds.
  • Belgian design focuses on monochromatic decorating in either grays or beiges or taupes. Work within these color ranges.
  • Belgian design always centers around "wood".  If you want this look, focus on all things wood.  Wood floors, wood walls, wood carved accessories.  Wood is found on the floors, the ceilings, the walls.   Worm eaten antique furniture gives this look a rustic feeling.  Wood which has been slightly beaten up appears as though it is a family heirloom.
  • Old country houses with huge stone fireplaces, old shutters, stone interiors, and exteriors, old wooden beams, and and light colored paneling can go a long way to getting this look. It’s about reclaimed building materials being used on every surface.

Axel Vervoordt Interiors

Axel Vervoordt Timeless Interiors- Amazon

Axel Vervoordt, a famous Belgian antiquarian credited with starting Belgian design.  He authored several best selling books and lured people to Belgium to tour his private castle. Vervoordt's style stands among the hallmarks of Belgian design – unstained woods, furniture made from organic materials, white walls, and sparse, monochromatic interiors.

Jim Howard, featured in Veranda

"Simply Belgian" interiors by Jim Howard, featured in Veranda

Jim Howard, featured in Veranda

Designer Jim Howard - Interior Design Tips - Veranda.com

Designer Kay Douglass brings Belgian Style to a southern home- House Beautiful

Designer Kay Douglass brings Belgian Style to a southern home- House Beautiful

Extra-Long Trestle Work TableExtra-Long Trestle Work Table,Obsolete

How To Decorate In The Belgian Style  From Restoration Hardware

  Found on restorationhardware.com

Rela and Don Gleason’s extraordinary Casa Kulanu in the November issue of Architectural Digest.

Rela and Don Gleason- Casa Kulanu in the November issue of Architectural Digest.

Chest From Red Ticking

Raw Wood Chest From Red Ticking

Library by Rela Gleason and McAlpine Tankersley Architecture in Calistoga, California

Library by Rela Gleason and McAlpine Tankersley Architecture in Calistoga, California

Rela Gleason Design,

designfile.architecturaldigest.com

Weathered Belgian Furniture

Sienna 5 Drawer Chest £849, Sienna Armchair £549.00, Sienna Sofa £799, Sienna Stool, £225.00, Sienna Dressing Table £549.00 From Feather And Black

Weathered Belgian FurnitureEmporium Grande 3 Drawer Chest, Sienna Bedside Table, From Feather And Black

Fowler Dining Table

Fowler Dining Table - $1,499.00 here

A Blogger with Style Greet Lefevre an expert in Belgian Design

A Blogger with Style: Greet Lefevre an expert in Belgian Design

See it on bellevivir.blogspot.com

The Belgian Style

Belgian Style FurnitureBernhardt Belgian Oak Dresser with Drop Down Top Drawer Fronts in Charcoal $1793 here

Ebonised Extension Dining Table

Ebonised Extension Dining Table, Obsolete

Worlds Best Pictures From Laurel Crown

Best Pictures From Laurel Crown- Seen On Flickr

Sara from C’est La Vie Antiques in north San Diego.

Sara from C’est La Vie Antiques in north San Diego- Seen On The French Basketeer

Belgian Style FurnitureUttermost 24251 Stratford Tables- $983.00 here

 

Architect François-Xavier Van Damme Seen On Belgian Pearls Blog

Architect François-Xavier Van Damme Seen On belgianpearls.blogspot.ca

Belgian Style Antiques

Liz Spradling Antiques, Obsolete

 Distressed Interiors Seen On Elmueble.com

Distressed Interiors Seen On Elmueble.com

James Michael Howard

James Michael Howard

The Belgian Style

Marie-Antoinette Wooden Armchair- From Nordic Style

Armchair From Nordic Style

Rela and Don Gleason

Rela Gleason Design,

James Michael Howard

James Michael Howard

Rela and Don Gleason

Rela Gleason Design,

Dana Wolter Interiors

Dana Wolter Interiors,  danawolterinteriors.com

Wooden Wardrobe From Come Trade With India

Wooden Wardrobe From www.cometradeindia.in

WisteriaLouis XVI Chair

Curations Limited Alden Weathered Oak 3-Drawer Nightstand, Louis XVI Chair -Wisteria

Dutch Chest Of Drawers From WisteriaWisteria Chest- Dutch Chest Of Drawers

Dutch Chest Of Drawers From Wisteria