A canopy bed defines your room as a focal point with its bed curtain design. Some people choose to not use curtains, relying on the architectural design of the bed as their aesthetic, while for others, the look ranges from modern to romantic depending on the type of fabric used in the curtain, colour of the curtain and placement of the curtain. Find the look that works for you, your style and the other decor in the room.
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Create a conservative look to your room by incorporating a pattern in your canopy. Bring in a two-tone design, as the underside of the canopy -- seen from inside the bed -- reflects a soothing solid colour, such as navy, grey or brown, while the top side of the canopy can be a coordinating pin stripe or plaid-checkered fabric. Keep the curtains tailored, reminiscent of a box pleat, and bring the sides down approximately 1 foot from the canopy top.
Indulge your senses with romance as you bring curtains to your bed. Choose a soft, billowy fabric, such as gauze, netting, lace or silk and drape it from the rods to the floor. Add multiple curtain panels to the rods, more than needed, to create a lush, ethereal appearance of floating on clouds. Pick a soft colour, such as a Victorian rose, for the panels, and accent the abundance of panels with a tieback tassel for the posts during the day.
Double line the curtains for the canopy bed as you incorporate a Gothic influence. Choose rich floor-length brocade in dark maroon or thick black velvet. Use the heavy curtain as your outer curtain on the bed and line them to block out the sun. On the inside rod, place a sheer curtain that is a lighter hue. Wrap back the outer curtains during the day with a metallic pewter tieback, while the inner sheers are left closed.
Create a princess bed for a little girl as you wrap her in lush panels of soft pink gauze and diaphanous lace or give your son's bed a hippie feel with a tie-dyed, bed-length fabric curtain of bold yellow, turquoise blue and lime green with tiebacks of colourful beads. Create streamers of coloured panels at the ends of the posts or just add a small cafe curtain to the rods and a long panel at the ends.
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