Home Decor: Romantic canopy beds

When it comes to designing a bedroom there are few things as romantic as a canopy bed.  Yards and yards of beautiful fabric wrapping you up in a private cocoon…..yes please!  Canopy beds have been around since medieval times when the fabrics around the bed were used to protect the king and queen from the cold and wind.  The poor shivering servants slept on straw mats next to the bed.  It is good to be King!

Canopy beds can be sleek and modern in design to appeal to the man in the bedroom or frilly and girly for the princess in your life.  Fortunately, there are lots of variations in between.

This half canopy or"crown" over an existing headboard still provides that "canopy" feel. Photo credit Tim Beddo, Architectural Digest

Folds of fabric envelop this headboard in canopy fashion. photo courtesy of House Beautiful

A luxurious canopy bed from Decorista

Along with a beautiful look, a canopy bed can provide a good night’s sleep and may even awaken that prince of yours!