Looks We Love: Dreamy Canopy Beds From Suzanne Dimma
A canopy bed has always been on my decorating wish list. It’s my favorite way to achieve that lovely feeling of being cocooned. I do have a passion for four-poster beds with no drapery, but if you want true romance, sleeping beneath gauzy fabric is the perfect way to make your bedroom feel like a dreamy retreat.
Not only are canopy beds great in larger spaces, adding intimacy and architectural interest, but they work really well as a decorative element in small spaces, too. Canopy beds can be a big investment, but you don’t have to spend as much on artwork or decorative finishes because the bed itself gives you that drama. And if you want the look for less, even a simple hanging mosquito net can give that romantic feel. Here are five of my favorites.
Toronto designer Lisa Stevens dresses up a white Muskoka bedroom with a dark-oaked canopy bed and red accents. I love how simple this casual striped rug looks against the dark wood flooring, and how it complements the refined look of the four-poster bed.
Margot Austin’s DIY approach is a clever and inexpensive way to get the look. She installed the canopy herself with curtain rod hardware, ceiling brackets and ready-made linen drapes. I like the way the rods are not hidden, adding a graphic hit of black to the serene space.
Homeowner Colleen DeCourcy added delicate patterned fabric to just the ends of the bedpost in her Shelter Island, NY, summer home. The blue stripes in the rug pick up on the fabric of the bed and work with the lighter blue of the walls. This simple, coastal look is great for a cottage bedroom.
In designer Colette van den Thillart’s beach house in Barbados, mosquito nets do double duty: protecting against bugs and adding a light, airy ambiance to the room. The criss-cross of the swag feels really fun and feminine.
In her Baja, Mexico home, Vancouver artist Patricia Larsen puts her own boho spin on the canopy bed with an inexpensive circular mosquito net. A light fixture draped with branches and pearl necklaces adds rustic glam to the space.