There’s no such thing as one Scandinavian or Nordic interior style, but there are a lot of elements I’m starting to recognize as Nordic. One of those is black. I was never into black, not a single bit. Growing up around Belgian homes, I dreamed of linen curtains, oak wooden floors combined with neutrals, neutrals and more neutrals. Never black. I have changed though, on more than just one level. Interior design is one of those. I’m getting into black. Seriously!
In Miss Mustard Seed’s second lookbook I wrote: “Miss Mustard Seed’s neutrals go really well with the warm patina of natural wood and the texture of rougher materials. The texture brings an unexpected vibrance to a room decorated with neutrals. The Belgian interior decorating style is a beautiful example of this combination. It’s characterized by very large, sometimes oversized, antique furniture on a blue stone or oak wooden floor, against a neutral wall and creamy linen curtains. It makes a quiet statement.”
This doesn’t mean that black doesn’t have a place in Belgian interiors! It sure has its place, often with a muted black wall. It just wasn’t my thing. I was a neutral ‘let’s play it safe’ Belgian girl. You can see many examples of the Belgian style in this Pinterest-board. It isn’t mine, but gives a good idea of what I mean. Our previous living room looked like this when we sold it. It’s nothing like the real luxurious Belgian style (I have always decorated on a budget after all), but I do see mostly neutrals!
The more I got exposed to black over here, the more I wanted to try it in my own home. I started out very modest, with just a small coffee table, painted in Coal Black from Fusion Mineral Paint.
I painted this less attractive wooden orange table, probably from the well-known local furniture chain.
I’m pretty happy with how everything turned out. Coal Black has this wonderful shine, not too little, not too much, just ‘lagom‘.