Belgian architecture and interior design

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.

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In Belgian architecture a lot of wood, mostly oak, is used, as you can see here at this English styled manor house.

 

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A subdued color palette for the interior.

 

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A French styled villa.

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Linen fabric for the window treatment and for the slipcovered seats.

Oak parquetry floor.

 

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A Flemish farm house.

A combination of a tiled and a thatched roof is very much seen on Belgian farm houses.

 

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Oak windows in combination with steel windows is not only seen on farm houses but on a lot of Belgian houses in general.

 

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Very natural materials as oak and linen.

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Another characteristic of Belgian farm houses is the combination of a natural brick façcade with a limed façade.

Isn’t that charming?

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Oak cabinetry and Belgian bluestone floor, sink and counters are often used in the kitchen.

 

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Painted façades.

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One of the rooms painted in a dark color is often noticed.

 

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Zelliges wall tiles, bluestone counters and oak cabinetry in the kitchen.

 

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Home extensions or outbuildings are very popular in Belgium.

 

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An orangery as a home extension.

 

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An outbuilding.

 

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Most of the interiors aren’t overdone. No clutter but still comfortable.

 

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Again the combination of Belgian bluestone and oak.

 

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   Belgians enjoy having a beautiful garden.

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Wood paneling is very classic and giving a room coziness and warmth, the use of it will not disappear I guess (and I hope!!).

 

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Next to farm houses and French and English styled manors, you will also discover these classic styled houses.

 

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A more sophisticated living room.

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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.

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 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 !

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Image source : Image 1,2,3,4,5  HERE ; image 6,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18  HERE ; image 7,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28  HERE ; image 29,30,31,32,33,34,35 HERE

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