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Restoring the Rijksmuseum

Sikkens paint recreates original color palette

Walk around Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and it’s not just the art that catches the eye – the Sikkens paint on the walls looks great as well.

Renovated and reinvented

The world famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam – home to Rembrandt's The Night Watch – fully opened again in 2013 after a decade-long refurbishment.

During the first full year after its reopening, it attracted nearly 2.5 million visitors, underlining the mesmerizing appeal it has retained since first throwing open its doors in 1885.

It was built by architect Pierre Cuypers, and during the renovation, experts from AkzoNobel’s Sikkens brand were asked to develop a color palette which closely matched the paint he originally used.

Working with the architects, interior designers, and conservation specialists, Sikkens recreated more than 60 of the original 1885 colors, as well as eight brand new colors.

RIJKS Colors on display at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum

Inside and out

The company has so far provided more than 20,000 liters of paint, which has been used both inside and outside the building. Arguably the most prestigious area where Sikkens can be seen is the wall on which The Night Watch is displayed.

Now on sale

But such was the scale of the project, that Sikkens has been used throughout the museum in order to help restore it to its former glory.

The color palette, known as Sikkens RIJKS Colors, has also been launched onto the consumer market in the Netherlands.