Back in the days, wealthy people would add their luxuriously carved canopy beds to the will, leaving their beloved dreamland to be enjoyed and admired by future generations. Now, we get to enjoy past examples and contribute our own designs to the history of this fascinating bed.

Wealthy or not, we all dream

First built as a functional furniture item, the canopy bed became the canvas for inspiring carvings and design interpretations in different upscale residences. From four poster beds with curtains that kept warmth in and noise out to ornate canopy beds of the wealthy, this fairly simple bed design has seen a revival in contemporary interior design. Furthermore, the canopy bed is certainly no longer a luxury item for the wealthy, you can actually find some stylish and affordable canopy beds here on walmart.com (we were surprised with quality of their selection!).

With this in mind, we return to our reality. Now that summer is over and we hurry towards wintertime, outdoor canopy beds are put aside for an encounter with cozy canopy beds in the bedroom. Feathered beds used to be frameless bags filled with feathers that had to be fluffed every morning. Now we indulge in soft but sturdy mattresses with luxurious bedsheets under breezy canopies.

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A contemporary atmosphere is hidden in the details. For an exhilarating effect,choose an open canopy bed to go with your large windows. This way the light can flow freely and flood every corner of the room without interruption, just like the example above, designed by Cleare Interiors.

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From Royal Rest to Travel Inspiration

Inspiration comes from everywhere. Designers have played with textures and materials creating stunning bohemian luxury at the San Giorgio Hotel in Mykonos, as you can see above. Part of Design Hotels, this authentic place welcomes guest with breezy canopy beds perfect to enjoy in the warm Greek weather and take as inspiration for your dream bedroom.

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There are so many ways to create a beautiful curtained bed and enjoy tranquil nights! Making the bed the central focus is mandatory in this case.

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Above you can see an example of how far we’ve come in designing luxurious bedrooms staring canopy beds.I’m sure you’ll love the bedroom of La Quinta residence by Willetts Design and Associates.

Revival of the Canopy Bed Concept

With a vertical column in each corner, the structure of oak beds in the 1600s was supporting a rectangular panel. Variations on this original theme range from imposing solid wood canopy beds with curtains draped across the rectangular frame to stunning wrought iron beds with luminous, breezy curtains.

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This bedroom designed by Echelon Custom Homes showcases the revival of the iron canopy. Iron four poster beds with an uplift on top remind me of crowns and immediately take me on a journey through childhood fairytales. 

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