Is Belgian Design the New Shabby Chic?

If you are finding shabby chic somewhat too shabby rather than so posh recently, you may be prepared to take a trip to Belgium. Belgian style has the soft comfort, light sensation and worn finishes but introduces them more selectively. The style is really a balancing act of light items and things with heft — a mix of raw and glossy finishes, light and dark hues, antiques and new bits, rough and soft textiles.

Staples of the style include Belgian linen for draperies, upholstered pieces and accessories. It incorporates things with patina — merely a few dashes of chipped paint, a little rust, weathered wood. It uses a particular palette that’s neutral and frequently includes warm medium browns, taupes and all shades of gray.

Belgian style is simplified and compatible, which is exactly what makes it so tasteful yet comfortable. If that is sounding good to you, have a gander at these tasteful spaces and see whether you’re prepared for a Belgian makeover.

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Bring from the texture. Because Belgian style frequently incorporates a restricted palette, the abundance comes in through texture. Antique furniture and accessories as well as raw wood are very frequent elements.

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Buy scads of Belgian linen cloth for slipcovers, curtains and throw pillows. Simple linen curtains are a staple of the style, usually at off-white, taupe, soft brown or gray. Keep sticks simple.

Slipcovers are another frequent feature of Belgian style. This designer has also added bergère chairs and a few slightly rusty industrial items. The seascape gives the room a coastal sense; Belgian is a fantastic way to go in a beach house.


Mix in fresh patterns. No, suzani and ikat designs haven’t been a big part of Belgian style, but if you keep the palette directly, you will certainly incorporate nearly any pattern you wish.

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Have a look at Benjamin Moore’s Linen White paint (seen here). This paint colour is a excellent way to get started on a Belgian makeover.

Incorporate vintage textiles. The window treatments look as they are created from vintage French flour sacks. These sacks are also great for upholstery and throw pillows.

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Start with a neutral base and add accessories. White paint, exposed beams and rafters, hardwood flooring and gallons of white paint are a fantastic base for a Belgian-style kitchen. The details bringing it home include the textured wicker market basket, the Belgian linen pendant sunglasses as well as the classic pitcher on the counter.

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Embrace taupe. This kitchen is actually in Belgium, not merely trying to seem like it is. Subtle green sunglasses have found their way to the color palette also.

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Do not restrict the slipcovers to the living room. Slipcovers stretch to such dining chairs, upping the Belgian quotient in this kitchen. The palette, the wood countertop along with the window casements also bring from the style.

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Mix old and new. Somehow alongside each one of the modern ductwork and stainless steel beams, chairs that actually possess the stuffing coming from them provide only the right balance. Moreover, the cupboards are a very blue grey.

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Do not bring out the silver polish. Matte finishes triumph over shine when heading for the appearance.


Keep floral arrangements easy. Try keeping the colours strict, such as the white and green you see here, and utilize easy clear glass or classic metal vases.

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Afford the inspiration outside. This house from the Belgian Bridge incorporates the gray, taupe and ecru palette, with lovely details such as shutters and trimmed shrubs.

If you are excited to go Belgian and are looking to shop this appearance, just two of my favourite stores are Hudson Boston and South of Market.

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