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Dramatic Bed Canopies and Draperies

Turn a modest bed into a fabulous focal point

Written by Candace Ord Manroe
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A tufted white headboard gains height and dramatic impact with a backdrop of blue bed drapes. The bed curtain treatment also includes a tailored blue-and-white checked valance and side panels in the same check pattern. A round gold mirror centered on the blue drapery above the bed adds yet more depth to the layered design.