Inspired Belgian Style Kitchens

Posted on: July 22nd, 2011by wilsonkelsey 3 Comments

The other day, I mentioned how excited I was to have received my order of books from Amazon, including two published by Beta Plus. Thank you for the recommendation Greet!  I’ll talk about the third book another day… Since then, I’ve been pouring over the Beta Plus book Kitchens, from their Home Series studying these kitchens . I’m afraid the book is already a bit tattered… You can buy the book here.

Here are some of the kitchens I loved.

White can be so very powerful when it is used as a color, layering tone on tone as done in this kitchen. The room is so warm and inviting with it’s use of gold and copper accents and very feminine furniture. 

The high continuous “shelf” above the range concealing the exhaust hood, the task lighting by the sink and the champhored corners of the walls make this kitchen almost modern in feel, yet it is not, thanks to the detail on the face of the oak cabinets.

I really like the use of the corner, with it’s open shelves. I do wonder about the placement of the sink. Love the weight and heft of the shelves!

I fell immediately for how the windows come right down to the countertop and the window seat and look at those comfy pillows with their tapestry fabric! Looking the other way, how the hood surround contain and defines the range/oven  and how the little built in shelves work is a delight to my eye – as is the white chandelier hovering over the table. If my eye is sharp enough, the detail in the built-in to the left of the range is ever so slightly simpler than the detail in the cabinets in the adjacent room. I could put Delft tile everywhere. 


This kitchen makes me feel very calm and serene. It has very simple clear details, a soothing color palette, the open shelves help it feel airy and the basket over the island is such an unexpected treat. The contrasting hinges and hardware are awesome!

The lighting is fantastic in this kitchen. I love the mix of styles and details. Changing the color of the banquette is genius. The decision to make the built in at the end of the room furniture like, linking it to the table and chairs in style and color just plain works!

I go silly over this kitchen. Simple, pure, essential. The floor tile, old beam header at the exhaust hood echoing the structural beam, and the bleached oak island are magnificent! Then there’s the window to the right of the range. Too bad the duplex in the black Moroccan tile couldn’t have been black, too…

What do you like and why?


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3 Responses

  1. Linda Pittenger says:

    Could you please tell me the cabinet paint color in the Belgian Inspired Kitchen photo of the island with the basket hanging over it – grey stone counter.

    Many thanks!

    • John says:

      HI Linda,

      I wish I could. The picture you’re talking about is an image I copied from a book titled Kitchens.
      It is published by Beta Plus.


    • John says:


      I am working on a Belgian Kitchen style board which I will post in a week or so.
      Maybe the paint color you are looking for will be on it…


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