DESIGN SPOTLIGHT: BELGIAN STYLE

Suzie Anderson Home Belgian Style Interiors

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Suzie Anderson Home Belgian Style Interiors

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Belgian style showcases an appreciation of the natural world, and its focus is all about bringing the raw and textural, indoors. 

This style is streamlined and relaxed, using organic, salvaged materials & warm, earthy hues to achieve simplicity and elegance.

This style features a masterful juxtaposition of old and new elements. For example, rough ceramics are styled next to a modern light fixture, while simple, clean profile chairs sit alongside a weathered, repurposed dining table. 

Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Cushion PM - No 10 | Cover Only
Cushion PM - No 10 | Cover Only
Cushion PM - No 10 | Cover Only
Cushion PM - No 10 | Cover Only
Bone and Stainless Steel Bowl
Bone and Stainless Steel Bowl
large round rattan placemat
small round rattan placemat
medium round rattan placemat
round rattan placemat | old grey wash
old grey round rattan placemat
belgian style rattan placemat
large round rattan placemat
small round rattan placemat
medium round rattan placemat
round rattan placemat | old grey wash
old grey round rattan placemat
belgian style rattan placemat
Liberty Water Jug - Suzie Anderson Home
Liberty Water Jug - Suzie Anderson Home
Liberty Water Jug - Suzie Anderson Home
Liberty Water Jug - Suzie Anderson Home
Boxwood Potted Topiary ball
Boxwood Potted Topiary ball
Boxwood Potted Topiary ball
Boxwood Potted Topiary ball
Round Vase | Clear Cutout | 35cm
Round Vase | Clear Cutout | 35cm
Home Makers: Private Homes by Top Designers | Wim Pauwels
Home Makers: Private Homes by Top Designers | Wim Pauwels
rattan dining chair
black rattan dining chair
black rattan dining chair
rattan dining chair
black rattan dining chair
black rattan dining chair
Regent Pedestal Side Wine Table | Recycled Oak | 55cm
Regent Pedestal Side Wine Table | Recycled Oak | 55cm
Regent Pedestal Side Wine Table | Recycled Oak | 55cm
Regent Pedestal Side Wine Table | Recycled Oak | 55cm
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OUR TOP 10 BELGIAN DESIGN TIPS

COLOUR PALETTE

The Belgian style colour palette is characterised by earthy neutrals and a muted colour scheme of creamy whites, charcoal, natural tans, warm greys, aubergine and burnt umber.

These are complemented by muted yellows, khaki greens & dark blues, sand, brown, beige and layers of chalky lime-wash for depth and visual interest. 

The use of natural materials of unfinished woods, rustic iron and stone washed linens provides a relaxed and calm feel throughout the home. 

Suzie Anderson Home Belgian Style Interiors Axel Vervoordt

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Belgian style table setting

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Axel Vervoordt Belgian Style

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TRANSFORM YOUR EXISTING LOOK

There are so many ways to re-purpose your furniture and decor & update your existing look with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. 

See how customers are transforming their Furniture and Decor to create a Belgian Style Look with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®.

Want to learn more? Stay up-to-date with our Chalk Painting Classes.

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Chalk Paint | Old White - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | Old White - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | Old White - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | Old White - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | Graphite - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | Graphite - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | Graphite - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | Graphite - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | French Linen - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | French Linen - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | French Linen - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | French Linen - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | Emile - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | Emile - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | Emile - Suzie Anderson Home
Chalk Paint | Emile - Suzie Anderson Home

ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES

In Belgian homes, the right stone work or piece of recycled timber can be just as interesting as any other decorative component in the room. 

Original architecture includes ancient, recycled beams, high-pitched ceilings, timeworn iron industrial doors that may have been sourced from an old factory, textured walls exhibiting an aged patina, raw timber cladding and rough stone flooring. 

Belgian style flooring

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Belgian style architecture

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Belgian Style Architecture

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FLOORING

Flooring includes up-cycled pine or oak floorboards, flagstone recycled flooring, or raw concrete with hand-woven natural sisal, seagrass, or jute rugs for softness underfoot.

Armadillo Nook | Ridge Rug | Natural/White
Armadillo Nook | Ridge Rug | Natural/White
Armadillo Nook | Ridge Rug | Natural/White
Armadillo Nook | Ridge Rug | Natural/White
Armadillo Nook | Ridge Rug | Natural/White
Armadillo Nook | Ridge Rug | Natural/White
Armadillo Nook | Ridge Rug | Natural/White
Armadillo Nook | Ridge Rug | Natural/White
Armadillo Nook | Ridge Rug | Natural/White
Armadillo Nook | Ridge Rug | Natural/White
Armadillo Nook | Ridge Rug | Natural/White
Armadillo Nook | Ridge Rug | Natural/White
Armadillo Nook River Mat | Natural Jute
Armadillo Nook River Mat | Natural Jute - Suzie Anderson Home
Armadillo Nook River Mat | Natural Jute - Suzie Anderson Home
Armadillo Nook River Mat | Natural Jute - Suzie Anderson Home
Armadillo Nook River Mat | Natural Jute
Armadillo Nook River Mat | Natural Jute - Suzie Anderson Home
Armadillo Nook River Mat | Natural Jute - Suzie Anderson Home
Armadillo Nook River Mat | Natural Jute - Suzie Anderson Home
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Serengeti | Charcoal/Natural
Armadillo Nook | Nest | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Nest | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Nest | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Nest | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Nest | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Nest | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Nest | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Nest | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Nest | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Nest | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Nest | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Nest | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Terrain | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Terrain | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Terrain | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Terrain | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Terrain | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Terrain | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Terrain | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Terrain | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Terrain | Natural
Armadillo Nook | Terrain | Natural
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Belgian style flooring

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Belgian flooring ideas

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Natural jute rug styling

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LIGHTING

Ambient lighting includes drop pendants of enamel, ceramic, glass or iron, as well as rustic metal chandeliers sometimes featuring heavy dome fabric shades with iron hardware. 

Accent lighting includes wall sconces of aged bronze, nickel, and glass, sometimes featuring natural or black linen shades. 

Suzie Anderson Home Belgian style lighting

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Suzie Anderson Home Belgian style lighting
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
London Hammered Ridge Lamp Base | Dark Antique Bronze
London Hammered Ridge Lamp Base | Dark Antique Bronze
London Hammered Ridge Lamp Base | Dark Antique Bronze
London Hammered Ridge Lamp Base | Dark Antique Bronze
London Hammered Ridge Lamp Base | Dark Antique Bronze
London Hammered Ridge Lamp Base | Dark Antique Bronze
L'Entrepreneur | Homme | Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'Entrepreneur | Homme | Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'Entrepreneur | Homme | Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'Entrepreneur | Homme | Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'Entrepreneur | Homme | Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'Entrepreneur | Homme | Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'Entrepreneur | Homme | Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'Entrepreneur | Homme | Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'Entrepreneur | Homme | Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'Entrepreneur | Homme | Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'Entrepreneur | Homme | Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'Entrepreneur | Homme | Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'entrepreneuse | Femme |  Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'entrepreneuse | Femme |  Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'entrepreneuse | Femme |  Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'entrepreneuse | Femme |  Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'entrepreneuse | Femme |  Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'entrepreneuse | Femme |  Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'entrepreneuse | Femme |  Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'entrepreneuse | Femme |  Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'entrepreneuse | Femme |  Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'entrepreneuse | Femme |  Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'entrepreneuse | Femme |  Old Bank Atelier Candle
L'entrepreneuse | Femme |  Old Bank Atelier Candle
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Task lighting is architectural in style and table and floor lamps are made from heavy bottom ceramic, concrete, carved timber, or iron, with textural, natural linen shades. 

Set the mood with iron framed glass lanterns, wood floor pillar candleholders and vintage iron candlesticks to frame entryways, hallways, and dining rooms. 

Dinner Candle | Cap Ferrat | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Cap Ferrat | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Aqua | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Aqua | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Carribean Blue | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Carribean Blue | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Menthol Blue | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Menthol Blue | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Saint Malo | Made in France
Dinner Candle | Saint Malo | Made in France
Dinner Candle | White | Made in France
Dinner Candle | White | Made in France
Dinner Candle | Cloud | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Cloud | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Candy Green Grass Herb | Made in France
Dinner Candle | Candy Green Grass Herb | Made in France
Dinner Candle | Lilac | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Lilac | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Pale Pink | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
Dinner Candle | Pale Pink | Made in France - Suzie Anderson Home
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WINDOW TREATMENTS

Window treatments are generally natural linen, sheer or heavy lined curtains hanging on simple, iron rods.  

Swedish Linen Curtain w Fringe | Rod Pocket | Amber | 140x300cm
Swedish Linen Curtain w Fringe | Rod Pocket | Amber | 140x300cm
Pear Branch Curtain | W140 x H300cm | Single Curtain
Pear Branch Curtain | W140 x H300cm | Single Curtain
Pear Branch Curtain | W140 x H300cm | Single Curtain
Pear Branch Curtain | W140 x H300cm | Single Curtain
Magnolia Limone Curtain | W140 x H300cm | Single Curtain
Magnolia Limone Curtain | W140 x H300cm | Single Curtain
Magnolia Limone Curtain | W140 x H300cm | Single Curtain
Magnolia Limone Curtain | W140 x H300cm | Single Curtain
Cliche French Linen Sheer Curtain with Pin Tuck | W140 x L300cm | Single Curtain
Cliche French Linen Sheer Curtain with Pin Tuck | W140 x L300cm | Single Curtain
Cliche French Linen Sheer Curtain with Pin Tuck | W140 x L300cm | Single Curtain
Cliche French Linen Sheer Curtain with Pin Tuck | W140 x L300cm | Single Curtain
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The post hotel Belgium

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Belgian style window treatments

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Kara Childress Belgian Style

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FURNITURE

Furniture is minimal in quantity, though thoughtfully selected and oversize. 

Belgian homes feature a compelling mix of antique and contemporary pieces and are selected for their texture, finish and streamlined shapes rather than any excessive detailing or ornate embellishments. 

Consoles, cabinets, and dining tables can be crafted from recycled old timber beams or cladding. Accent tables are crafted from raw, unfinished timbers, rattan, iron and glass. The designs are simple and with little decorative flourish.

Suzie Anderson Home Belgian style furniture

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Axel Vervoordt Furniture Ideas

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Belgian style colour palette

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Living room furniture includes a 19th century upholstered or caned Fireside chair, or grey washed rattan kubu chair.

If a chairs frame or fabric upholstery is looking a little threadbare, restoration is kept to a minimum to preserve evidence of the original patina and character.

Sofas and armchairs are generous in size and often slipcovered in stonewashed linens or upholstered in aged leather. 

Coffee, console and dining tables are often oversized and angular. These are crafted from wood, marble, travertine, metal or rough stone. 

Tables may also feature a rustic burnished or blackened iron box frame.

Lastly, upholstered benches and studded ottomans in natural and dark hues provide visual interest and richness. 

Belgian style sofa

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Suzie Anderson Home Belgian rattan chair

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Leather armchair belgian style

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Belgian style home office

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TEXTURE & MATERIALS

Textural elements include raw, scrubbed, or recycled woods, rustic cast-iron hardware, black slate, blue stone and reclaimed flagstone tiles. 

Belgian style favours the distressed, raw and natural. 

For example, if the original wall or furniture paint is distressed, it’s beautiful to be left. Salvaging, reusing and rehousing furniture, materials, and decor is recognised for its sustainability and style. 

Belgian style living room

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Belgian style texture

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Libeco linen cushions

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Look for ways to repurpose existing materials. 

For example, old oak flooring can be reused as cladding, shelving or cabinetry, metal sheeting can become a kitchen splashback and stone can be up-cycled for work-surfaces or bathroom vanities.

Soften these weatherworn materials with stonewashed flax linens and cottons, in textural throws, cushions, slipcovers and curtains. 

Lastly, faux fur, linen and woollen throws and cushions are used generously on sofas and beds, evoking a feeling of warmth and cosiness. 

Suzie Anderson Home Belgian armchair
Belgian style topiary

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Suzie Anderson Home faux fur throw

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ART & MIRRORS

Pay homage to Belgian history by mixing art from different periods. 

Balance contemporary abstract art with old oil portraits, still life scenes or chippy panoramic wallpapers, either unframed or in simple timber frames.

Lastly, to complete the old-world aesthetic, look for antique or grid-style mirrors featuring a smoky, or distressed appearance. 

These can be styled above the generous mantels, console tables or to frame bookshelves.

Belgian style living room ideas

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The post hotel Belgium

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Axel Vervoordt Artwork

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Belgian style living room ideas

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Art | Botanical Specimen # 2 - Suzie Anderson Home
Art | Botanical Specimen # 2 - Suzie Anderson Home
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Art | Botanical Specimen #4 - Suzie Anderson Home
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Palm Beauty I - Suzie Anderson Home
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Palm Beauty II - Suzie Anderson Home
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ACCESSORIES: LOVED & LUSTRE

Belgian decor strikes the perfect balance between restrained elegance and functionality. 

Belgian interiors adopt an uncluttered approach to styling and celebrates the unique character of single objects. 

Decor items feature patina-rich metal and rustic wooden collectables, rough unpolished ceramics and foraged elements of pinecones, branches, hand-made nests, and stones.

Belgian style home office Suzie Anderson Home

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Belgian style decor Suzie Anderson Home

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We recommend searching flea-markets and second-hand stores for one-off pieces that tell a story. 

Display a few favourite decorative items on a rustic timber console, kitchen island or bookshelf to creating a natural still life composition.

Ideas include a spray of dried wildflowers foraged from a memorable hike, an unglazed ceramic vase, or embossed metal plate.

Other items include:

  • For lustre, consider collections of pewter barware and trays, candleholders, glass display domes, and tinted or smoked glass vessels.
  • Items include aged leather suitcases and stationary, binoculars, walking sticks, rustic bread boards, encrusted stoneware, aged books or a woven rattan firewood basket.
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Andos Adjustable Desk Lamp | excludes shade | Bronze
Cushion PM - No 10 | Cover Only
Cushion PM - No 10 | Cover Only
Cushion PM - No 10 | Cover Only
Cushion PM - No 10 | Cover Only
Bone and Stainless Steel Bowl
Bone and Stainless Steel Bowl
large round rattan placemat
small round rattan placemat
medium round rattan placemat
round rattan placemat | old grey wash
old grey round rattan placemat
belgian style rattan placemat
large round rattan placemat
small round rattan placemat
medium round rattan placemat
round rattan placemat | old grey wash
old grey round rattan placemat
belgian style rattan placemat
Liberty Water Jug - Suzie Anderson Home
Liberty Water Jug - Suzie Anderson Home
Liberty Water Jug - Suzie Anderson Home
Liberty Water Jug - Suzie Anderson Home
Boxwood Potted Topiary ball
Boxwood Potted Topiary ball
Boxwood Potted Topiary ball
Boxwood Potted Topiary ball
Round Vase | Clear Cutout | 35cm
Round Vase | Clear Cutout | 35cm
Home Makers: Private Homes by Top Designers | Wim Pauwels
Home Makers: Private Homes by Top Designers | Wim Pauwels
rattan dining chair
black rattan dining chair
black rattan dining chair
rattan dining chair
black rattan dining chair
black rattan dining chair
Regent Pedestal Side Wine Table | Recycled Oak | 55cm
Regent Pedestal Side Wine Table | Recycled Oak | 55cm
Regent Pedestal Side Wine Table | Recycled Oak | 55cm
Regent Pedestal Side Wine Table | Recycled Oak | 55cm
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Leather accessories Belgian style

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Belgian style sculpture

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Suzie Anderson Home Entryway

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Pewter Barware Belgian Style

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LIVING ENERGY

Belgian is surrounded by beautiful natural forests so bringing the outdoors in is a definite design element.

You will see bunches of natural leaves from the garden housed in large glass or ceramic vases, often oversize.  

Belgian style lighting
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Other living elements includes fresh ruscus, lichen covered branches, hyacinths, bowls of acorns and piles of kindling and firewood, generously stacked into a chunky cane basket for a rustic yet curated feel. 

In Belgian style, particular emphasis is placed on texture, shape + size rather than bright colours.

Externally you will find formal boxed hedging or topiaries in planter boxes of iron, rattan and timber. 

Belgian style table setting Suzie Anderson Home

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Axel Vervoordt Design
Suzie Anderson Home Belgian Style Interiors & Decor

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Suzie Anderson Home Belgian Style Interiors & Decor

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