Walda Pairon is one of the best interior designers we can find in Belgium. And while antiques dealer and designer Axel Vervoordt still is the most recognizable designer of this country (he operates out of the Kanaal, a complex of restored 19th-century warehouses and grain silos in Antwerp), it would be remiss not to mention his compatriot Walda Pairon. Pairon, who lives and works in a small town north of Antwerp, is one of Belgian’s most influential designers and offers a restrained version of Belgian luxe where materials and light take center stage.
Walda Pairon is passionate in word and image. Her style is authentic and reflects a perfect harmony. Her work is widely known, she works with passion and love. Her special good taste is her secret. Color is favorite in her decor. Walda is inspired by Italy, especially by Tuscany.
Walda Pairon is an influential interior designer of her generation. She draws up her interiors from a strong interest in colours, fabrics and fashion, and combines old and characterful object d’art with more modern objects into an inspirational living space. Pairon puts great importance on the placement of objects; nothing should be gratuitous.
One of Walda’s favorite decorative items are spheres. You can see them throughout her house.
Since 1985 Walda has thrown open the doors of her home in Kalmthout, near Antwerp. Two times a year, in winter and in summer time, Walda organizes open house weekends. At this moment Walda’s private home is decorated for the Christmas season.
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Most Iconic Interiors
Lime-washed walls with a simple vintage wooden trestle table and an antique upholstered armchair.
Tiled floor to ceiling walls are a common Belgian feature as are the stone walls. Pairon firmly believes a kitchen should both be functional and welcoming.
Pairon’s own kitchen, clearly designed for her husband chef. Noteworthy details include the black farmhouse sink, the Lacanche range and the rope drawer pulls.
Waldo’s living room features a muted palette.
A bedroom with an antique four-poster bed and flowing green window drapes.
Walda Pairon has three books to her name; her latest, Walda Pairon, Interiors with a Soul, features text by renowned garden and lifestyle writer Ivo Pauwels with photography by Cees Roelofs.
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