In Bruges, our partner Bieke Casteleyn transformed B&B Raphaëlles into an innovative, fun attraction in the centre of Bruges. The interior is hip, trendy and colourful, the perfect place for young and old to enjoy a weekend in Bruges or to have a drink at the bar.
The client wanted the B&B to be innovative, with a concept as a guiding thread that was fully implemented. But most of all, it had to radiate cosiness. Therefore, a mix of cosy beige tones and warm green tones with coral accents was used. These were combined with details in bronze metal, such as the door handles, skirting boards of the bar and the custom-made banquettes. The dibétou wood veneer also provides warmth throughout the B&B. Since the property already had a certain individuality, it was difficult to introduce something new without disturbing the tranquillity of the existing. The Belgian interior designer Bieke Casteleyn had to search for what was not important and could be removed and for what she could maintain that would bring warmth and ambiance. The layout of the building was also a challenge. They had to create rooms that were as comfortable as possible and still meet all the requirements.
The project is different from previous projects thanks to its more classic style, which is at once trendy, modern and warm.
The B&B fits completely within Bieke Casteleyn's design language because of its conceptual look together with the choice of materials and colours. Thanks to the red thread of must-have elements that is continued from bottom to top, the design also fits within Casteleyn's story. Yet the project is different from previous projects thanks to its more classic style, which is at once trendy, modern and warm. It also has less of the typical vintage style for which Casteleyn is known, but still has the same warmth and cosiness as in previous projects. Although this project was a challenge for Bieke Casteleyn, she succeeded in optimising the premises and bringing the right style to life. The B&B was transformed as desired into the perfect stay to enjoy Bruges. Photography by Bert Demasure