Large and elegant but utterly simple, this Belgian country combines a warm blend of natural surfaces.
White stucco walls, unvarnished wood, neutral stone and touches of wrought iron come together in a perfect Belgian country kitchen old-house created by Brigitte and Alain Garnier, the well known Belgian antique dealer-designers. While the architecture of the room lends itself to the rustic look that has come to define contemporary Belgian kitchens, it’s the restraint that matters here.
This is a huge room with a two story, vaulted ceiling bisected by barn beams and braced with wooden trusses. It’s located in a small building on a property outside Bruges used as a party, wedding and photo shoot venue. Rather than fight the architecture, designers Brigitte and Alain Garnier let it determine the kitchen.
A large, square island that helps establish the grand scale of the space as it occupies its center. Cabinet doors have natural wood finish similar to the beams overhead and provincial kitchen doors. Cabinet hardware is barely there. A stone counter on the island is punctuated by a prep sink and a butcher block slab inset opposite the range.
The imposing black range (likely Belgian, possibly French) is framed by two large windows. Behind it are charcoal-gray flat ceramic tiles reminiscent of Scandinavian stoves and a lighted vent hood is concealed behind molding in a soffit-like space under the beams – finessing a chimney. A large, stone apron-front sink, to the left of the stove, matches the counters.
Across the room, an enormous painted Provincial style armoire serves as a dish pantry – proving the maxim that less truly can be more.
(Source: Brigitte & Alain Garnier)
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