Canopies and Curtains

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.
bathroom 2I 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.

Daybed with canopyI 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.

Daybeds with toile canopy

What little girl didn’t dream of a canopy bed?

Kids Bedroom

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Maybe a lucky little boy too

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Here are a few on the grown up sophisticated side.  I love the how the pineapple print becomes a graphic element on this fabric.

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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.
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My husband thought this was a throne, not a bed – mission accomplished.

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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.
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Here are a few more understated casual canopies.  I love that the first one incorporates a subtle monogram.

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Canopy 1

Unfortunately, they require a pretty large bedroom, so my can canopy dreams haven’t been fulfilled yet.  Hopefully, you have been inspired.

About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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