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The way Dutch designer interiors Piet Boon talks about his native country — he hails from the Netherlands — is with the same passion one tells a love story. ”I owe my love for craftsmanship and natural materials, as well as my inspiration, to the traditionally creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Dutch Zaanstreek region,” he tells to Elle Decor, speaking of the area where he grew up.
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So, when Piet Boon was called upon by Kroonenberg Groep to design the interiors of a new Manhattan high-rise, the Huys, it was only natural that the building would incorporate some Dutch design.
Piet Boon cites the innovative spirit and industrial aesthetic of New Amsterdam as a major inspiration for his latest project, and says that the design for the Huys’ 58 private residences boiled down to the same guidelines he uses in every space he devises: creating a harmonious and effortless environment.
For Boon, it’s all about striking the “perfect balance between functionality, aesthetics, and individuality.” For the rest of us, see ELLE Decor suggestions in order to master Dutch style:
1. Maximize natural light. Similarly to Scandinavian design, the Dutch aesthetic is closely related to nature. Boon says, “[it’s an] aspect we always incorporate in our designs.”
2. Your space should flow. In other words, moving from room to room should be easy, and in accordance with your everyday needs. “Create a comprehensive, logical routing and flow throughout every interior, according to the importance of the spaces,” Boon advises.
3. Dedicate room for gathering. Boon insists that if you can only get one piece that screams Dutch style, make it a generously proportioned family table. He notes, “each [home’s] interior needs a dedicated space for gathering with family and friends.”
4. Stick to a subdued and earthy base palette. Neutrals help to bring a sense of calm to your home. Plus, more reserved hues can give your interiors the illusion of being bigger than they actually are, and make a great backdrop for eye-catching art.
5. Less is more. “I think people have to consider the art of simplicity, of leaving things out,” Boon says. While adding personal accessories and beautiful art is encouraged, the key is to find a balance and not over do it. “Personal belongings are great but if there are too many of them in one space or interior, they not only lose their beauty but also create clutter.”
Which of these ELLE Decor tips are you are you already applying?
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