Harmonious house: 6 interior lessons borrowed from the Dutch style
Do you like the style of Northern Europe? Agree, there is a special charm in its seeming simplicity and simultaneous thoughtfulness inherent in such interiors. We have already talked a lot about Swedish apartments, and today we propose to consider the style of another European country, similar in spirit - Dutch. Esther, the owner of a simple but incredibly attractive Spanish apartment, will tell about him.
You will learn six basic principles of the Dutch style in the interior. However, they are applicable for homes in absolutely every corner of the globe. And you will understand why.
And then - walk through the apartment of Esther, created with these techniques (more than 30 photos of interiors).
So, first, let's get acquainted with the narrator.
Esther is the happy owner of this charming apartment in Barcelona. To make the house cozy, she did not need the services of a decorator or design education. For advice, Esther turned to her own taste and ... to the Dutch.
She is sure that it is this people who know all about interior design. Esther had many opportunities to make sure of this, since she herself is of Dutch origin.
Based on her experience, Esther brought out 6 basic lessons on creating a harmonious interior, borrowed from the Dutch style.
Do you want to know what you can learn from the Dutch?
Lesson One: Simplify
The home is a place for recreation, not a branch of a museum or art gallery. Who needs these complex combinations and impractical decor? Planning the interior, Esther and her husband left the bare minimum of things.
Pay attention, for example, to the interior of the kitchen. Here are just the simplest basic colors: white for walls and furniture, black for kitchen surfaces. This choice is not accidental: a completely white kitchen would remind of a catering establishment, but here black balances the whiteness.
Even the decor - and that is very laconic: simple, no-frills watches like station, glass lampshades without any signs of decor. But the kitchen does not seem at all uncomfortable - on the contrary, it beckons there to sit at the folding table, have a cup of coffee or a snack on salad ... All due to the abundance of natural light,playing on snow-white facades, and natural decor: flowers, fruits, greens in pots.
Lesson two: analyze
A critical look at things is the first skill that a hostess of a Dutch home develops. When planning the interior, first of all, appreciate all the advantages and disadvantages of your house or apartment.
So, Esther admired the apple orchard in the courtyard and the abundance of natural light, and she did everything to emphasize these "bonuses" as much as possible. It helped the large windows in the French style and the abundance of white, as we have already noted above. The result - the living room just shines!
Lesson Three: Reduce Costs
No matter how banal it may sound, but a beautiful interior does not have to be expensive. Even on the contrary, Esther is sure that unnecessary spending is a consequence of insufficient forethought (and a sober look at things, as we remember from the previous lesson, is one of the basic rules of the Dutch interior). To avoid them, she brought most of the furniture from the old apartment.
And something has become multifunctional. For example, this low module EXPEDIT from IKEA, standing on the border of the kitchen and living room. Please note: it performs three tasks at once.Wine rack, buffet, chest of drawers, and, as a bonus - a separator between the two functional areas. All this is in one, and moreover, not at all expensive, subject.
Lesson number four: reuse
The logical consequence of the previous paragraph: in order not to overpay for a thing, you can buy something second-hand.
So, for example, this interesting headboard for a bed fell into Esther. For a more modern look, it was painted white, which made it possible to select perfectly suitable wardrobe facades and a chest of drawers. More to this headboard and its role in the interior, we will return later.
However, not always reuse means buying through third parties. Objects that previously served in a different capacity can receive a second life. Thus, the writing desk, which previously stood in Esther’s kitchen, became an addition to the nursery with a bed from IKEA. And the wallpaper around the window - the remnants of the previous repair.
Lesson Five: Mix
Remember the headboard in the bedroom Esther? As you probably know, any restored item has a chance to become vintage, which is what happened to this headboard. Pay attention: it is devoid of all sorts of time signs like patina and scuffs.Vintage image creates the right decor: fresh flowers in crystal vases, elegant frames on the opposite wall, lamps with carved legs.
Another great example of successful eclecticism is the color scheme of the living room. Pay attention: rather cold white prevails, but it is diluted with warm beige and “balancing” blue. Light accents in the form of flowers and houseplants dilute this Nordic trio, bringing a touch of warmth.
Lesson Six: Seeking Inspiration
The BESTA bedside table with IKEA CARLSBI facades became the replacement wall for the TV in the living room. The idea of Esther borrowed from the social network Pinterest. Here is another lesson from the Dutch: look for inspiration everywhere.
Now look at the Esther apartment in full detail.
Interior of the living room:
Interior of the children's room:
So, you can be sure: what are called signs of the Dutch style, in fact, is perfect for any interior. Simplicity, economy, bold decisions - these are the basic principles that will make any home cozy and beautiful.
Date: 08.10.2018, 09:05 / Views: 62434
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