Passing through my file of images of kitchens, I have to conclude that in Belgian kitchen designs , a lot of returning features can be noticed!
On the basis of the images of my post of today, I'll try to explain a few characteristics of Belgian kitchens.
A couple of years ago, we have known the phenomenon "cocooning". People love to enjoy the warmth and cosiness of the protective area of their home and they invited their friends into their "cocooning" world. Friends are allowed to be part of the family-own habits and to share the intimicy of their home.
This engagement involved a transfer of the earlier accent on the formal dining room to that on the social gathering kitchen room. More and more, kitchens became the centre of the house and the need to have a stay-at-home kitchen was born!
In Belgium there were a few well-known designers (Axel Vervoordt, Walda Pairon, Pieter Porters, Garnier,...) who designed desirable "must-have" kitchens.
These designs were an inspiration to a lot of kitchen designers of today.
1. Flooring : Almost always the use of natural stone as all sorts of marble, Belgian
Image 7 Belgian bluestone
Image source http://www.bourgondisch-kruis.be/
Image source www.costermans-projecten.be
Image 10 Terracotta tiles (source unknown)
Image 13 Belgian Bluestone as flooring and as counters.
Image 14 Bluestone for the sink.
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Image 16 Carrara marble (source unknown)
2. Wall tiling : There are two types of tiles often used : the Dutch Delft wall tiles and the Morrocan Zelige tiles.
The Dutch Delft tiles have beautiful colour nuances. They are produces since the 16 th century. We call them "Hollandse witjes".
Image 17 : REMOVED
The Moroccan Zelige tiles are handmade by Arabic craftsmen and are glazed with enamel.
Image 22 Green coloured Zelige tiles
Image 23 Steel windows and part of the inside doors.
image source : www.vanapers.be
Image 26 Double door again. (source unknown)
Image 27 Steel cupboard doors
(image source www.costermans-projecten.be)
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Image 32 Wooden cabinetry
Image source www.bourgondisch-kruis.be
Image 35 I love the combinateion of that table and the swedish chairs.
Image source www.vanapers.be
Image 40 This is a picture of my kitchen. We have chosen an 18th century french oak convent table with 19th century french LXV chairs.
The floor is a carrara marble and is recuperated from the façade of an old Brussels house.
Image 41 (source unknown)
Image 42 Notice the sconces with the chef's hat! (source unknown)
Image 43 The oak execution and the colour of the wallpaint match well!
image source http://www.costermans-projecten.be/
Image 44 A cristal chandelier (source unknown)
Wonderful fabrics are chosen!
Image source www.garnier.be
Image 47 Straight blinds (source unknown)
Image 50 Bouillonné (source unknown)
image source www.vanapers.be
10. Tablescaping : Last but not least is the wonderful tablescaping that Belgians are that good at! They love beautiful table-linen and napkins. And they do use their most precious crockery and glassware, even for kitchen tablescaping.
So now I piloted you through my 10 characteristics of Belgian kitchen designs and to finish I show you a few images of a kitchen executed by my own company Lefèvre Interiors .