The Complete Guide to Belgian-style Interior Decorating

Belgian style is minimal, and streamlined, yet through its natural textures and muted colours, has a relaxed and calm feel.

Its focus is all about bringing the raw and textural, indoors. Furniture is minimal in quantity, thoughtfully selected and oversized with layers of earthy tones.

Architectural elements include exposed beams, recycled timbers, iron and stone. These are softened by natural linens in layers of oatmeal, flax, charcoal, aubergine and soft white.

For a step-by-step guide to creating the ultimate sophisticated Belgian look explore our guide below and shop the style online.

    THE BELGIAN GUIDE

    • Neutral Colour palette complimented by natural materials; timber, unfinished woods, stone washed and sheer linens.
    • Architectural features; Textured walls with aged patina, timber panelling and high pitched ceilings with exposed beams.
    • Natural flooring; Timber floorboards, natural sisal rugs or concrete. 
    • Lighting; Small drop pendant lights and Wall sconces of bronze, nickel and glass, and Fabric pendants with iron hardware. 
    • Window treatments; Natural linen curtains, sheers or heavy lined on simple iron rods.
    • Furniture; Oversized pieces, linen-slipcovers, muted stonewashed linens, raw unfinished timber, stone & iron furniture. Streamlined shapes.
    • Fabric; Natural linens & cottons. 
    • Art; Oil portraits, still life scenes, panoramic wallpapers and abstract art. 
    • Decorative; A few sentimental objects, sculptures and ceramics.
    • Plants; Bunches of natural leaves from the garden, and externally, formal boxed hedging and topiaries.  

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    BELGIAN DESIGNER INSPIRATION

    AXEL VERVOORD

    Axel Vervoord is a Belgian Interior Designer whose philosophy is a belief that a home should be a personal expression of your soul.

    His Books include Portraits of Interiors, Timeless Interiors, Wabi Inspirations, Living with Light and more!

    Photo © Axel Vervoordt

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    VINCENT VAN DUYSEN

    Vincent Van Duysen is a Belgian Architect. Textured materials combine with neutral and warming colour palates, minimal, curated decor and natural light.

    Functionality, comfort & elegance combine to reflect Belgian Style.

    Photo © Vincent Van Duysen

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    STUDIO PIET BOON

    Studio Piet Boon is a global architecture, interior and product design studio established in the Netherlands in 1983.

    The styles seen in the work of Studio Piet Boon are a perfect balance between restrained elegance and functionality.

    Instagram: @studiopietboon

    Photo: Studio Pietboon

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