One of my favourite things to do while living in the Netherlands was visit the homes of our friends and acquaintances. I especially liked house-hunting in Amsterdam, as I loved seeing how the homes were decorated. It appears to me that the majority of Dutch homes are modern, stylish, and effortlessly chic. I absolutely love Dutch interior design, and the mix of the old canal homes with the modern Scandinavian decor. From my time there, I discovered a few major differences between North American and Dutch design.
1) Most of the Dutch homes I visited had large harvest dining room tables. Simple, solid light wood tables with unique modern chairs seemed to be a staple in most homes. Now I've seen this trend coming to Canada more and more, but 2 years ago it seemed very new to me when I saw it in the Netherlands.
2) Hardwood floors! I don't think I ever saw a carpeted floor in the Netherlands, and certainly not in Amsterdam (well, besides the seedy hostel I worked at for a while....). Most of the floors were light maple, left natural, and kind of rustic-looking.
3) White. White. White. There was one particular house that I visited that had mostly white furnishings, mixed with the light wooden floors, and pops of intense colour in her decorations. It was beautiful and simple.
4) Mismatched and modern. You know those catalog rooms from major furniture retailers? The ones that are all matchy and perfectly coordinated? Those don't really exist in the Netherlands, at least as far as I can tell. And that's a good thing!
(all photos from Lille Lykke)