This canopy bed uses ties to fasten draperies to posts for easy access to the bed.
In medieval Europe, canopy beds were used by the elite to provide privacy from their servants. Centuries later, they remain a symbol of opulence, but the focus has transitioned from function to luxury. Since the 16th century, when ornate carvings began to adorn bedposts and headboards, canopy beds have become works of art rather then just merely a place to rest one’s head. However, while this bedroom piece is artful on its own, the right decorative treatment can take the existing luxury and romance to a whole other level.
Modernizing a Tradition
Because of the canopy bed’s history, this piece often incorporates elements of traditional design. To reference tradition while making a statement with a modern canopy bed frame, keep things simple by draping a single panel of fabric over the cross beams. Let the ends hang long down each side, with the panel dipping slightly in the center to add dimension. Play with placement or add additional panels. A sheer fabric softens the design, while a heavy or textured fabric adds boldness.
Lights Out, or Not
Create a magical haven by surrounding yourself with the soft glow and twinkle of white lights before falling asleep. Hang string lights within sheer, wrapped fabric on the cross beams of your canopy or string and hang the lights around the beams by themselves. The sparkle of the lights will take the romance of your canopy bed and really, your entire bedroom, to a whole new level.
Luxury, Meet Functionality
Perhaps you are thinking that drapes and billowing fabric sound good in theory but really aren’t all that practical. For a solution that marries function and luxury, use large rings to attach fabric panels to the bed frame. This provides the ability to quickly open and close as needed. You can also use decorative rope, ribbon, tassels or fabric to tie panels back to each post of the bed for easy access.
Amp Up the Personality
Starfish hanging on the posts of a canopy bed infuse the room with a beach house mood.
Give your canopy bed some unique character by hanging decorations from posts, cross beams or the ceiling above for a punch of added interest. Some decor ideas include paper lanterns, decorative stars, beads, garlands, floral or greenery, ribbons, a chandelier or dripping crystals. This is a creative way to solidify the design theme of your bedroom.