Thursday, February 18, 2010

Soft Cocoon

Bed hangings and canopy beds may seem old fashioned, but many current designers are still creating bedrooms with full or partial canopies, some traditional and others with a modern twist. In the early days, canopies and four- poster beds were created out of necessity. They were used to add warmth and insulation. Beds with slide curtains used to provide privacy at a time when there were no hallways in interiors. Wealthy families used to give elaborate canopy beds as a wedding gift since it was considered an important piece of furniture to own. Bedrooms with canopies certainly have presence, and speak to comfort, envelopment, and tranquility.

Do you like canopy beds?

Photo 1 Directoire style canopy bed via 1stdibsPhoto 2 designer David Hicks
Photo 3 designer Stephen Mallory
Photo 4 courtesy of Architectural Digest designer Mario Buatta, photography Derry Moore
Photo 5 designer Charlotte Moss, Design Inspirations
Photo 6 courtesy of Veranda, designers Richard Hallburg & Barbara Wiseley, photography Victoria Pearson
Photo 7 The Wrightsman Gallery (The MET), photography Picture of Elegance
Photo 8 courtesy of designer Mary Mc Donald’s site
Photo 9 designer Stephanie Stokes, photography Nancy E. Hill
Photo 10 courtesy of House & Garden
Photo 11 courtesy of House Beautiful, designer Windsor Smith
Photo 12 Designer Benn Theodore, photography Keith Scott Morton
Photo 13 designer Stephen Ryan, photography Fritz Von Der Schulenburg


RAG said...

I love the yellow one!

My Notting Hill said...

I love canopies. What a great collection of pics!

The Down East Dilettante said...

terrific pictures, especially love the top one, very sharp. Very Frances Elkins.

Especially don't love the heavily ruched canopy attached to the slope ceiling. Bad idea badly executed.

Oh, and the white Chinese Chippendale? yum.

DC by Design said...

Michael Smith, the white house designer, is a master with canopies. Also -- Kelley Proxmire -- canopies are her signature. Great post!


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