Biedermeier Furniture......Beautiful Blonde Wood


This post celebrates Biederdeier furniture which is made from what is referred to as blonde wood. There are several other "blondes" but this particular style is my favorite. Most often constructed along classical lines, it was usually made of light colored, less expensive woods like elm or fruitwoods, but ash, walnut, maple, birch, beech, and even mahogany examples exist. Black and gold paint was used for embellishment.

After Napoleon's final defeat, Europe settled down to a long period of peace. The middle classes, who were prospering, wanted a simpler style, which could be functional as well as beautiful. This style, later known as 'Biedermeier', is essentially Empire furniture shorn of its ormolu mounts, excessive gilding and aggressive self-importance.

As Biedermeier is not a traditional Anglo-Saxon style, it often appeals to people in creative professions such as advertising, decorating, and the music and film industries. Elton John furnished his whole house in London with blond Biedermeier furniture and a few Art Deco pieces. Another rock artist to appreciate the style was the late rock singer Freddie Mercury from the band Queen. Biedermeier's subtle appeal lies in its simplicity, which is so easily combined with both Art Deco and contemporary furniture, creating a relaxed mood and informal atmosphere, unlike the many antique styles, which demand a more formal setting.


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Blonde wood comes in several shades. This is a lighter shade of blonde.

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I love to use Biedermeier with leopard accessories.

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Sofas from the Biedermeier style are usually very elegant.

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Black and gold paint are used frequently on Beidermeier furniture.

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Many of the chests were flanked by black columns.

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Gorgeous blonde wood.

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Biedermeier pieces work well with Art Deco or more modern interiors.


The many pieces of Biedermeier in Elton John's London home

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I have a treasured piece of Biedermeier in my master bedroom. It has black columns on each side which aren't visible in this picture.

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This wood is more of a strawberry blonde shade

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These chairs would look great with Art Deco.

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Some Biedermeier furniture was heavy and massive, with carvings.

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At the same time many styles of Biedermeier chairs are delicate.

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This beautiful console is made from burl walnut. It has the classic black columns associated with Biedermeier.

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The Lake Como home of Gianni Versace who also collected Biedermeier. These piece are darker blonde.


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