I’m working with a client right now on her master bedroom and I am just dying to install a canopy bed. The room is quite large (almost 20′ wide) with a high tray ceiling and it is really begging for some kind of statement right in the middle. Insert fabulous canopy bed. I love the versatility of these beds; they can be traditional, modern, whimsical, bold. When creating a layered bedroom I love pairing a traditional bed with more modern nightstands, or a clean metallic bed with rustic woods. It’s so fun to mix and match around a canopy bed.
Here are a few spaces that are inspiring me while working on this design.
If it were my room, this would be my choice hands-down: chrome, chinoiserie, in-your-face gorgeousness. But that’s a little bold for my client’s style…
We will be keeping it more neutral, more soft, with subtle, selective doses of pattern and color. I’d say this room is more in-line with the feel. I love the patterned fabric behind the bed!
I wish that we could fit a sofa or chair at the end of the bed. It’s such a chic and cozy look! (PS- how great does this bed look in a smaller space below? We may do a different finish on the ceiling as well.) Alas, we do not have the space, so we will need to do a bench or stools.
I considered doing a chrome bed as a modern statement in the middle of the room and pairing it with traditional finishes and furnishings. It makes for quite the drama piece!
But ultimately it felt too modern. The rest of the house has been decorated and we have to think about the flow and personality. So while we are doing our own thing in the bedroom, I also want to be sensitive to my client’s tastes and comfort. An iron canopy bed just felt more appropriate to me.
I love how iron canopy beds can be soft and strong at the same time. They are a little rustic and romantic.
Because comfort is extremely important, we are considering an upholstered canopy bed. It’s the best of both worlds.
Above and below is the bed I have in mind. I love the soft curve of the headboard. Imagine a gorgeous patterned paper behind it?
We will want to do reading sconces next to bed. This is a little tricky- between finishes and placement. I’m thinking nickel or brass and inside the bed frame, like below. (No curtain in the back, though.)
Our rug (carpet) will be more neutral, so I am looking to make a little more impact on the wall behind the bed. Yep… WALLPAPER! I only want to do one wall to really highlight the bed and not overwhelm the space with business. Remember, this is supposed to be a serene and restful space.
This bedroom has similar elements to we want- natural iron bed, neutral textural capert, patterned wall, white bedding and color/patterns on the pillows, but the vibe will be totally different.
PS- I love this Galbraith and Paul paper and we may be using it elsewhere in the house!
What do you think of canopy beds? Are you as smitten as me?