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A modern Biedermeier bedroom. A far far far cry from the room it was (see my posts on what we started from: www.rutgerhopster.com, with plans, drawings and Biedermeier research.

This was a project where I DIY-ed most things myself, from papering the walls to hanging the curtain rods and lamps.

The concept was a modern take on understated, traditional Biedermeier style, around the honey-coloured wooden bed and the dark wooden floor. Everything else went, including an old television set and an oversized wardrobe that was completely out of keeping with the bed.

Colours: blue, mustard and a little bit of black and shiny metal. The classical Wedgwood band is from www.durosweden.se.

The drapes are very Biedermeier: simple and tied back during the day. The fabric is from www.capsicum.nl: they specialise in linen and handwoven cottons. It was lined with dark blue cotton with dark brown piping (visible in the photo below). Behind the drapes, blinds made to measure in non-bleached linen from www.hema.nl. The single drape behind the bed is just for visual purposes. The black rods, with stylised spears were found at www.kwantum.nl after a long search for something not expensive. The  black rods range is being discontinued- we were just in time! I wanted rods that were as thin as possible. Nothing clunky - we went for 16mm diameter.

I wrecked my brains over suitable lighting, in keeping with Biedermeier. That meant no lampshades. I went for a bedside oil lamp and ceiling lantern (both electrified!) in clear glass and shiny metal, both with a traditional looking halogen lightbulb that give off clear light, which I think is needed in a room with soft tones. The bonus of clear light is dramatic shadows: very early 19th century! The oil lamp I found at: www.olielampen.nl.

This was the drawing I did for the client to show what I had in mind.
And this was my inspiration for this project: the big Biedermeier encyclopaedia, published for an exhibition in Vienna a few years ago. 

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