Bed Drapes

Toile and Ivory Linen Bed Curtains Even the most modest bed can become a fabulous focal point when theatrically swathed with fabric canopies and curtains. This master bedroom’s traditional beige upholstered headboard lies within a gently curved wooden frame—understated and elegant, but not designed to accommodate a canopy. Yet the bed receives royal treatment when crowned with a corona of toile and ivory linen that drapes down from the vaulted ceiling behind the bed, with tie-backs on either side of the headboard. The good news? A similar treatment can be designed for almost style of bed. Interior design: Samantha Lyman and Myra Hoefer See more from this location.bed drapes 1Here are a few more variations on this look. The bed on the left (by Mark Sikes) has a full canopy frame hung from the ceiling. If you really crave the look of a full tester and curtains, this is a great way to get it without buying a canopy bed. The example on the right (from Domino Design Book via Swoonworthy) is similar to the one above, but in this case, the curtain rods that the drapes are hung from extends the full length of the bed, which allows you to draw the drapes closed if you want to get really cozy.bed drapes 2Even the most modest bed can become a fabulous focal point when theatrically swathed with fabric canopies and curtains. This master bedroom’s traditional beige upholstered headboard lies within a gently curved wooden frame—understated and elegant, but not designed to accommodate a canopy. Yet the bed receives royal treatment when crowned with a corona of toile and ivory linen that drapes down from the vaulted ceiling behind the bed, with tie-backs on either side of the headboard. The good news? A similar treatment can be designed for almost style of bed.bed drapes 3Billowing Bed Curtains It’s hard to imagine more dramatic bed curtains than those that flow from an extra-tall ceiling all the way to floor. It’s also hard to imagine a bed tall enough to allow that. Interior designer Paul Corrie circumvented the problem by designing a custom bed and custom canopy frame as two separate pieces. To support the canopy, he engineered distinctive iron rods that are mounted to the ceiling to hold billowy white linen bed curtains that puddle onto the floor. The taller the ceiling, the more dramatic the effect. Interior design: Paul Corrie See more from this location.bed drapes 4A Drapery Backdrop for the Bed When a big bed poses a big decorating dilemma, a drapery backdrop may be the solution. The large scale of this gorgeous white-painted mahogany four-poster canopy bed from EJ Victor is easily integrated into the room by swathing the wall behind it entirely in white draperies. The fabric panels remove the need to hang art or accessories on the wall, which would be challenging given the bed’s size. They also soften the impact of the bed’s strong lines. Furniture design: Thomas Jaynebed drapes 5An easy way to get the canopy bed look is to hang curtains from an L-shaped drapery rod that’s been mounted to the ceiling. In this case, the curtains can’t be drawn around the bed, but you definitely get that romantic look. I love how, in this example from the HGTV Dream Home, the ceiling above the bed (and the wall behind the headboard) have been painted to contrast with the rest of the room. It creates a sort of optical illusion where the ceiling above the bed becomes the canopy.bed drapes 6It’s hard to imagine more dramatic bed curtains than those that flow from an extra-tall ceiling all the way to floor. It’s also hard to imagine a bed tall enough to allow that. Interior designer Paul Corrie circumvented the problem by designing a custom bed and custom canopy frame as two separate pieces. To support the canopy, he engineered distinctive iron rods that are mounted to the ceiling to hold billowy white linen bed curtains that puddle onto the floor. The taller the ceiling, the more dramatic the effect.bed drapes 7When a big bed poses a big decorating dilemma, a drapery backdrop may be the solution. The large scale of this gorgeous white-painted mahogany four-poster canopy bed from EJ Victor is easily integrated into the room by swathing the wall behind it entirely in white draperies. The fabric panels remove the need to hang art or accessories on the wall, which would be challenging given the bed’s size. They also soften the impact of the bed’s strong lines.bed drapes 8For a bed with African inspiration, what better place to look than one of the best-designed tented camps-cum-hotels in Tanzania? Mosquito netting drops down from a ceiling-mounted corona to cloak a canopy frame just a little larger than the bed. When the curtains aren’t closed, they tie back at the corners. Curtains at the foot of the bed overlap at the middle for appealing symmetry. White bed linens keep the design clean and sumptuous.bed drapes 9Safari-Style Canopy For a bed with African inspiration, what better place to look than one of the best-designed tented camps-cum-hotels in Tanzania? Mosquito netting drops down from a ceiling-mounted corona to cloak a canopy frame just a little larger than the bed. When the curtains aren’t closed, they tie back at the corners. Curtains at the foot of the bed overlap at the middle for appealing symmetry. White bed linens keep the design clean and sumptuous. Tags: Bedroom Design Post a commentbed drapes 10Safari-Style Canopy For a bed with African inspiration, what better place to look than one of the best-designed tented camps-cum-hotels in Tanzania? Mosquito netting drops down from a ceiling-mounted corona to cloak a canopy frame just a little larger than the bed. When the curtains aren’t closed, they tie back at the corners. Curtains at the foot of the bed overlap at the middle for appealing symmetry. White bed linens keep the design clean and sumptuous.bed drapes 11First 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!).bed drapes 12The traditional drapery behind this custom headboard not only dresses up a blank wall and dramatizes the bed, but it also weaves together the pair of windows that flank the bed. The valanced drapery, which makes the bed a focal point, creates the illusion of a wide middle window that bridges the narrower windows on either side.bed drapes 13Fabric Frames a Floating Bed Traditional pleated bed draperies allowed interior designer Denise Macy to think outside the box when arranging furniture in her Chicago home’s master bedroom. Instead of backing up the bed to a wall, she floated it in the middle of the room, then framed it with drapery panels fabricated from a sophisticated Nancy Corzine fabric in a subtle solid hue. Interior design: Denise Macybed drapes 14Casual Canopy Tames Chinoiserie Bed A traditional four-poster ivory-painted chinoiserie-style tester bed from Mary McDonald, Inc., is a visual feast with open fretwork, faux bamboo in bas relief, and pagoda-style finials. A casual canopy and back curtain take the high style down a degree. Solid blue cotton curtains behind the headboard, plus shapely ivory valances repeated in blue on the inner curtains, bring beach-house informality to the stately bed. Interior design: Kim Alexandriukbed drapes 15Maybe you love the look of a canopy bed, but can’t afford to buy new furniture. (Hey, beds are expensive). Or maybe you really like your current bed, but want to give it a bit of a romantic makeover. Here’s an Apartment Therapy guide to DIYing your way to canopy bliss.bed drapes 16Traditional pleated bed draperies allowed interior designer Denise Macy to think outside the box when arranging furniture in her Chicago home’s master bedroom. Instead of backing up the bed to a wall, she floated it in the middle of the room, then framed it with drapery panels fabricated from a sophisticated Nancy Corzine fabric in a subtle solid hue.bed drapes 17A traditional four-poster ivory-painted chinoiserie-style tester bed from Mary McDonald, Inc., is a visual feast with open fretwork, faux bamboo in bas relief, and pagoda-style finials. A casual canopy and back curtain take the high style down a degree. Solid blue cotton curtains behind the headboard, plus shapely ivory valances repeated in blue on the inner curtains, bring beach-house informality to the stately bed.bed drapes 18Back 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.

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