Decorating with a 4 Poster Canopy Bed

A four Poster Canopy Bed is essentially a popular form of the traditional, four-poster bed that uses awnings or canopies along the upper posts. All four-poster beds have four, pillar-like posts that serve an ornamental purpose rather than provide structural strength. Usually, four-poster canopy beds have a dedicated headboard and footboard area though the footboard might be concealed among the smaller beds. Four-poster beds are commonly retailed as traditional or ‘colonial’ canopy beds but they are often recommended for creating a fashionable bedroom setting. Consider the following ideas for decorating your room by altering the appearance of a typical, four-poster canopy bed.

Creating Relaxed, Canopy-themed Bedrooms

You can use your canopy bed to lend a rustic look to the bedroom. For this setting, the ornamental posts need to be modified to give them a weathered, rocky appearance. You can do this by staining the posts in shades of brown and grey. To add the casual styling to the bedroom, suspend a mosquito net over the headboard. The net should be loosely suspended, hanging carelessly between the two bedposts to create a messy-yet-chic ambience. Instead of using sequins or embroidered fabrics, use canvas with tropical prints as overlapping sheets. These sheets should be wrapped over the canopy spread at unequal intervals. Instead of using pillow-covers with frills and laces, use covers with a rough-looking patchwork. The relaxed appearance of the bedroom can be enhanced by adding printed, jute frills along each canopy bedpost.

Creating Bigger, Brighter Canopy Spreads

To augment the natural appeal of the bed, establish a suspended canopy frame — a larger-than-usual canopy that seems to float in the air. You need to drill small holes above each ornamental post of the bed. Fix eyehooks or drapery hooks in each of these holes. These are needed to hold the canopy in place. Using a thin wire, establish a rectangular loop that passes through each of these holes. A canopy suspended from this wire arrangement will appear larger than a conventional canopy spread. You can manipulate the bed frame in order to alter the appearance of the overhead canopy. For this, you need to stain the bed frame with a dark-colored wooden finish.

This finish can be applied to both, metallic and wooden bedposts. This helps to render a more naturalistic, woody appeal to the canopy bed. You can also embellish the ornamental posts by hanging thin sections of sheer fabric or drape fabric along the four loops. Ensure that the suspended fabrics are long enough to create a cascading effect. Fabric best suited to complement the floating canopy appeal is fuchsia. You can use fuchsia in bright shades of gold and orange to create a contrast in the background of a neutral shaded canopy. You can also use matching floral pillowcases wherein the pillow-covers have the background shade that complements the canopy’s basic color. You complement this with bed sheets having paisley shades instead of the usual solids.

Manipulating Draping Fabric

The choice of fabric dictates the appeal of a canopy bed and its ability to become an aesthetic addition to the room. The fabric should be easy-to-maintain and its weave pattern should highlight the decorative elements of the canopy bed. To create an opulent look, use greater amount of canopy fabric between each post. More fabric means more twists and folds along the canopy. This helps in establishing the layered pattern that is the central theme of each canopy bed.

The greater amount of folding in the canopy accentuates the effect of decorative accessories like ribbon and laces that can be sewed to the canopy stretched between the four posts. You can render a new look to the canopy fabric by cutting and sewing certain sections of it. This is done by stitching the middle portion of a canopy stretched between two bedposts. The sewed portion should have a basic outline — in a semi-circular or triangular shape. The shaped outline acts like an entry point to a canopy spread.