Today I’m taking you on a tour of a small Midwestern home with European style where the homeowners had a distinct color palette in mind.
The homeowners moved to the Midwest from Switzerland. They chose to decorate in Belgium style by mixing raw woods, natural fabrics, vintage accents and modern pieces.
They selected a European color palette of grays, browns, and earth tones.
A Living Area & Fireplace:
The fireplace has the signature Belgian principle of sharp contrasts. They bought the French love seat and sofa abroad and brought it to their new home.
Natural fabrics such as burlap, hemp, velvet and linen, which is a Belgian specialty, are found throughout the home.
Antique hemp grain sacks printed with the owner’s name and crest were repurposed as slipcovers for the Parsons chairs.
They began with pre-made black, camel, and ivory striped velvet drapes and backed them in burlap fabric with a thick lining in between.
A Favorite Landscape Painting:
They found a favorite landscape painting in Switzerland. The painting inspired the use of blue and green colors in the living room.
The light wood grain of this cabinet ties in with the other natural materials used throughout the home.
A farm table has been paired with two upholstered benches, giving the dining space a casual look.
Benches rather than chairs were used because benches can be tucked under the table in order to use less floor space.
What a great idea to add a trellis to the wall. It gives the room a bit of whimsy and happens to be a wonderful place to hang paintings, etc.
In the kitchen white cabinets stand in high contrast to the room’s chocolate wall color. Glass-front cabinets above the counter create an open feel.
The chocolate brown color continues into the family room.
The homeowners made the small living room feel larger by creating clusters of seating around the room.
Every small room can appear to be bigger with the addition of a mirror.
They created a small breakfast banquette in this corner with upholstered seating and a tulip table, which doesn’t take up much space.
A collection of “Sunday Flower Paintings” adorn the shelves. A chalkboard in a vintage frame became the family’s message center.
I hope you enjoyed this small space tour.