Like many things in interior design, canopies and curtains around the bed originally had a functional purpose, to create a room within a room that closed out drafts in poorly insulated estates. Now, they are purely decorative elements in most homes, but nothing creates a cozy intimate feeling or adds drama to a room like a canopy.
First, here are a few canopies that aren’t in bedrooms.
I have always thought there was nothing more luxurious than a bubble bath in a clawfoot tub, I was wrong. A bubble bath under a canopy in a clawfoot tub tops it.
I was originally introduced to the idea of a built in daybed in a breakfast nook by another interior designer. Now I am a bit obsessed with the idea. What better way to wake up than to go lounge on another bed to eat breakfast (and maybe dinner)? I love the vibrant color scheme and mix and match patterns in this tailored canopy. It sort of reminds me of a moroccan market.
What little girl didn’t dream of a canopy bed?
Maybe a lucky little boy too
Here are a few on the grown up sophisticated side. I love the how the pineapple print becomes a graphic element on this fabric.
Disregard the horrible green walls in this next photo. Here is a great way to create a canopy even if you don’t have a four poster/canopy bed. The curtains are attached to the ceiling and puddle gently on the floor, talk about a dramatic effect.
My husband thought this was a throne, not a bed – mission accomplished.
Again, the ceiling to floor curtains are my favorite look. The previous photo and the next two are actually from the same hotel in London by an amazing designer – Anouska Hempel. Her website is definitely worth browsing. http://www.anouskahempeldesign.com/
Here are a few more understated casual canopies. I love that the first one incorporates a subtle monogram.
Unfortunately, they require a pretty large bedroom, so my can canopy dreams haven’t been fulfilled yet. Hopefully, you have been inspired.