The Dutch may be famous for dozens of things, but one of its strong papers is the talent in decoration.
One of the biggest trumps in the Netherlands, and in the capital of Amsterdam, is that they have many preserved houses since the early 20th and 19th centuries. They preserve them properly and decorate them even better.
You can see modern houses made of organic materials up to traditionally rustic three-storied well-kept wood and of course the steep steps that are one of the most characteristic elements of the Dutch architecture. Deep and varied in architecture and decoration, some features stand out. These three Dutch decorating strategies will help you adopt their style.
Bold but not fancy colors
The Dutch are particularly gifted to create a colorful palette with boldness, but without interfering with you and your relaxation. The bold colors they prefer for decoration and furniture upholstery are not intense, but that is what we would say in the spoken “killed”.
The tile, the mustard, the brown, the green, the cypress, the magenta, the navy blue that tends to the color of the ink and the blue in gray (you will find it as Air Force or French Blue) are one of their essentials arms. They usually prefer them in combination with a wall of neutral color and rarely with soft shades of blue, green, pink and others.
They understand that the minimal and the modern does not mean cold and sterile
A basic concept that separates into their minds is that of the minimalist of the boring and sterile. For, yes, they may prefer white for the walls or shades of white, but they incorporate wood, metal and other natural materials into the decoration. They add some sustainable design posters on the walls, and they manage to make all this space looks so harmonic.
At the same time, they prefer luxurious fabrics to furniture upholstery; choose lighting fixtures that will decorate a space and many indoor plants.
Do not forget that the Dutch were great seafarers, and explorers and naturalists always returned with plants and seeds to their luggage. This knowledge of plants is passed on to children from an early age, usually by their parents. It is not the “Dutch DNA”, but a deep love-cultural heritage for floriculture.
They use wood, brick and natural materials
The Dutch always used wood (and brick) but faced problems due to the fact that the Netherlands is only 2 meters above sea level. Most houses were built on a pile, which is still the case today (with a technological reduction with modern materials).
The concentric semicircular canals that make up the Channel Zone helped the houses not flood and the houses on the banks of the canals were and are the most expensive and most preserved (the preserved are stone and brick with wooden interior). The wet element and the difficulties have prompted the Dutch to become outstanding preservers and wood processors. At the same time, their deep respect for the environment forces them to maintain and reuse wood. Therefore, not only is wood deeply rooted in its decorative culture, but also preserves and highlights antiques and wood beams.
As you see, the Dutch have knowledge, opinion, past, and education about decoration (and art). They incorporate wood into their homes, fashionably decorate and choose colors that flatter their space while preserving their tranquility. You can adopt all of the above ideas or add them to your house and create a house that is going to be your own home, with a Dutch sense that everyone is going to love and want to know more about it.