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Dramatic Bed Canopies and Draperies
Turn a modest bed into a fabulous focal point
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
Fabric 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 Macy
Billowing 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
Blue and Checked Bed Canopy
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.