Back in the days, wealthy people would add their luxuriously carved canopy beds to the will, leaving their beloved dreamland to be enjoyed and admired by future generations. Now, we get to enjoy past examples and contribute our own designs to the history of this fascinating bed.
Wealthy or not, we all dream
First built as a functional furniture item, the canopy bed became the canvas for inspiring carvings and design interpretations in different upscale residences. From four poster beds with curtains that kept warmth in and noise out to ornate canopy beds of the wealthy, this fairly simple bed design has seen a revival in contemporary interior design. Furthermore, the canopy bed is certainly no longer a luxury item for the wealthy, you can actually find some stylish and affordable canopy beds here on walmart.com (we were surprised with quality of their selection!).
With this in mind, we return to our reality. Now that summer is over and we hurry towards wintertime, outdoor canopy beds are put aside for an encounter with cozy canopy beds in the bedroom. Feathered beds used to be frameless bags filled with feathers that had to be fluffed every morning. Now we indulge in soft but sturdy mattresses with luxurious bedsheets under breezy canopies.
A contemporary atmosphere is hidden in the details. For an exhilarating effect,choose an open canopy bed to go with your large windows. This way the light can flow freely and flood every corner of the room without interruption, just like the example above, designed by Cleare Interiors.
From Royal Rest to Travel Inspiration
Inspiration comes from everywhere. Designers have played with textures and materials creating stunning bohemian luxury at the San Giorgio Hotel in Mykonos, as you can see above. Part of Design Hotels, this authentic place welcomes guest with breezy canopy beds perfect to enjoy in the warm Greek weather and take as inspiration for your dream bedroom.
There are so many ways to create a beautiful curtained bed and enjoy tranquil nights! Making the bed the central focus is mandatory in this case.Above you can see an example of how far we’ve come in designing luxurious bedrooms staring canopy beds.I’m sure you’ll love the bedroom of La Quinta residence by Willetts Design and Associates.
Revival of the Canopy Bed Concept
With a vertical column in each corner, the structure of oak beds in the 1600s was supporting a rectangular panel. Variations on this original theme range from imposing solid wood canopy beds with curtains draped across the rectangular frame to stunning wrought iron beds with luminous, breezy curtains.
This bedroom designed by Echelon Custom Homes showcases the revival of the iron canopy. Iron four poster beds with an uplift on top remind me of crowns and immediately take me on a journey through childhood fairytales.
Open Canopy Beds for More Light
Timeless design implies simplicity and this stunning work of Peggy Del Rosario is definitely a candidate. A good vibe comes from the use of colors and light that intensify the feeling of calmness. Beautifully displaying a metal frame under the pitched ceiling, the attic suddenly becomes the favorite space in the house.
Seeing the canopy bed as a place to indulge in a good night’s sleep, designer Susan Jamieson created a master suite in blue, gray, cream, and gold, choosing a gold-finished canopy bed with a luxury Savoir mattress.
The Maison Canopy Bed from Pottery Barn Teen (pictured above) has a stylish iron frame with smooth curves and sharp angles. The open canopy can be adorned with curtains or left as is, it’s still beautiful.
An open canopy on a patterned wallpaper background brings the chance to create an eclectic bedroom like the one photographed by Miles Redd.While you’re deciding whether you want an intricate wrought iron Gothic canopy bed or an airy princess-inspired soft pink bedspread, designers are working on new ways of improving this classic bed design.
Crown Canopy Beds and Royal Inspiration
In a bedroom worthy for a princess, a decadently feminine canopy bed displaying the most subtle version of a canopy from Italian company Giusti Portos steals the heart of anyone who ever really believed that fairy tales were true.Sculptural wrought iron canopy beds look amazing in real life as they do in Anton Valiev’s spectacular renders of a dreamy St. Petersburg apartment.
Exotic References Bring Nature Inside
Heavily ornate, canopy beds for kings are a constant inspiration and reminder that intricately carved wood frames and posts can still decorate our modern homes. Using dark colors like black and purple to shape a romantic atmosphere in the bedroom places the canopy bed in the spotlight.
Upscale Girl’s Bedroom in Fancy Colors
Lucy Wasserstein’s bedroom seen in Vogue connects the world of fascinating colors and patterns with the reality of everyday life. A cheery draped bed in Garden Pattern fabric by Hungry Palette thrones in the middle of the sun-flooded room. What was once a bed for wealthy adults has been reinterpreted over the years to become a visual lullaby for children.