I hope everyone has had a wonderful Holiday time! Now we are in a new year and I am looking forward to this blogging year, to all the gorgeous posts of all the beautiful blogs and to all the comments of you, my readers.
I do hope to surprise you with posts you really love and if someone of you has any suggestions about a subject you want to know more of, please don’t hesitate to tell me!
To start this new blog year, I am posting today about Belgian houses. For those who are new to my blog, I want to introduce you to the Belgian architecture and interior design.
I don’t say that I will give you here in this only post all the characteristics of Belgian architecture, but I do hope to give you the most popular ones.
In Belgian architecture a lot of wood, mostly oak, is used, as you can see here at this English styled manor house.
A subdued color palette for the interior.
A French styled villa.
Linen fabric for the window treatment and for the slipcovered seats.
Oak parquetry floor.
A Flemish farm house.
A combination of a tiled and a thatched roof is very much seen on Belgian farm houses.
Oak windows in combination with steel windows is not only seen on farm houses but on a lot of Belgian houses in general.
Very natural materials as oak and linen.
Another characteristic of Belgian farm houses is the combination of a natural brick façcade with a limed façade.
Isn’t that charming?
Oak cabinetry and Belgian bluestone floor, sink and counters are often used in the kitchen.
One of the rooms painted in a dark color is often noticed.
Zelliges wall tiles, bluestone counters and oak cabinetry in the kitchen.
Home extensions or outbuildings are very popular in Belgium.
An orangery as a home extension.
Most of the interiors aren’t overdone. No clutter but still comfortable.
Again the combination of Belgian bluestone and oak.
Belgians enjoy having a beautiful garden.
Wood paneling is very classic and giving a room coziness and warmth, the use of it will not disappear I guess (and I hope!!).
Next to farm houses and French and English styled manors, you will also discover these classic styled houses.
A more sophisticated living room.
As you have noticed, the kitchen is a very important room for the Belgians. They gather with family and friends and enjoy a good meal together.
This picture has a lot of the Belgian interior design characteristics : oak furniture and doors, oak ceiling beams, linen curtains and upholstery, dark painted walls and subdued colors.
I hope that my first blogpost of this year was interesting enough to you all !