Bedroom Drama: 18 Canopy Bed Designs

The bedroom is the most personal room in the house.  It is our sanctuary where we begin and end each day.  As such, it should also be the most luxurious and comforting.  Today we are taking a look at 18 bedrooms featuring dramatic canopy bed designs.  If there was ever a way to introduce drama into the bedroom, the canopy bed leads the way.  In this inspiring collection, I’m showing a full range of styles from classic and traditional to luxurious and contemporary designs.

The canopy bed originally came into existence for utilitarian means. For centuries, the canopy bed has been a sign of wealth; the richer the man, the better the bed. Lords and noblemen in medieval Europe completely enclosed theirs with draperies for warmth and privacy. Carved work on the headboard and posts became fashionable, and more ornate styles followed. In the 16th- and 17th-centuries, canopies were massive in construction and featured elaborate carving. By the 18th-century, they grew lighter and purely decorative due to the smaller, more intimate rooms preferred in northern European residences. Fashions evolved the bed along the way. Eventually, the canopy fell away completely. Fast forward to today, we have no real need for a canopy bed. To have one today is to appreciate its appearance and effects. It is an indulgence. They are still a luxury.

The opening photo shows a luxurious master bedroom within a grand French-inspired chateau by Los Angeles based interior designer Joan Behnke. The custom canopy bed offers a cocoon-like haven for sleeping. The sitting area gathered before a fireplace provides a cozy place for conversation and reading. Behnke placed a cabinet behind the sofa which conceals a pop-up television. The bed includes a hand-embroidered upholstered headboard and fully operable draperies consisting of four layers of sheer fabric for an ephemeral effect. Fabric upholstered walls and silk carpeting complete the room.

canopy bed by Heintzman Sanborn

This tranquil setting comes from a Toronto residence designed by Heintzman Sanborn Architecture-Interior Design. The owners of the home, passionate advocates for the preservation of historic buildings, brought their passion for period authenticity to the restoration of their circa 1920 Georgian Revival House. Satin finished Museum White highlights the room’s architectural details. A custom wool rug covers most of the dark finished wood floors. The design team dressed the elegant wood framed canopy bed with cream colored silk behind the headboard and for the canopy valances while using linen sheers for the operable side drapery. They concealed a removable wood rod between two valances (one on the interior side of the bed and one on the exterior) from which to hang the side panels. The antique settee and chairs from Argentina have their original silk upholstery.

canopy bed by Anouska Hempel via Blakes A

canopy bed by Anouska Hempel via Blakes Cardinal Suite

 Most impressive is the breathtaking and irresistible canopy bed draped in opulent silks and embroidered velvet, finished with tassels and tie-backs.

This opulent bedroom comes from London’s Blakes Hotel, an upscale boutique hotel created by acclaimed interior designer, Anouska Hempel. Rich fabrics and decor from around the world lavishly fill the luxurious rooms and suites. Each guest room at Blakes takes inspiration from a different far-off land. The designer weaves a seductive blend with rich Eastern tones and textures that combine in a blaze of warmth. Hempel included intriguing antiques and artifacts from her travels in Indochina, Africa, and the Middle East. It is one of the most theatrical and over-the-top hotels in London, and I love it for that. Blakes offers an antidote to minimalism with its exotic design. This particular bedroom is the Cardinal Suite, my personal favorite. It is theatrical and operatic in glorious deep shades of red and gold. Opulent silks and embroidered velvet finished with tassels and tie-backs drape the breathtaking canopy bed.

canopy bed by Tiggy Butler

This bedroom is from an early 18th-century terrace house in the fashionable Mayfair district of London which has been restored to its original splendor by restoration specialist Tiggy Butler, who consulted with scholars at the Soane Museum and worked with a team of 45 craftsmen for almost two years to complete.  For this master bedroom, with its grand proportions, Butler had an ornate four-poster canopy bed designed after a 18th-century pattern.  The bedding and draperies were made with silks from Colefax and Fowler.  The tables flanking the bed are 19th-century French. -via Architectural Digest-Tiggy Butler

canopy bed by Steve Gambrel

 If there was ever a way to introduce drama into the bedroom, the canopy bed leads the way!

Here we have the master bedroom from a grand and colorful Chicago townhouse completed by interior designer Steven Gambrel. The walls are painted in a custom high gloss black.  The contemporary design bed is upholstered in Lockett from Stark while the canopy and draperies are in Corelli cotton from Fabricut with Scalamandre tape trim. The height makes for a stunning effect.  The pair of pendant lanterns is from Circa.  A perfect way to style a canopy bed for a man initially reluctant to the idea.  via House Beautiful

canopy bed by Steve Gambrel via Plaza

This room was also completed by interior designer Steve Gambrel, this time at the Plaza Hotel.  The Astor Suites were entirely gutted during the renovation of the historic hotel and it was the designers goal to reinterpret period rooms with the mill-work and plaster details reminiscent of the original interiors.  However, artistic license was taken, and Gambrel created a suite of rooms with irreverent character and surfaces that show patina and age. The canopy bed is very similar to the one before with clean, defined lines creating a smooth contemporary design.

canopy bed by William R Eubanks

This classic design French bedroom is from a home whose exquisite interiors were completed by the interior designer and antique purveyor William R Eubanks. The designer and his firm create designs in many styles, but my favored is his exceptional classic European-inspired designs.  With this bedroom, Eubanks combines 18th-century France with a fresh, updated palette for a look that is elegant and charming.  The room features glazed paneled walls, fine period antiques, and beautiful silks and damasks trimmed with rich passementerie. The bed is a work of art. Even when it’s not your style, you still appreciate the lavish attention to detail.

canopy bed by Costello

Here we have a bedroom from interior designer and Vogue editor Sara Ruffin Costello’s 1868 Italian Gothic home in New Orleans’ Garden District.  The canopy has been created over a low profile bed with draperies composed of beige linen that attaches to the ceiling. They are described on One Kings Lane as being maximalist in their sweep, (though not really) but minimalist in form since they feature no swags or trimmings.  The room’s traditional design architectural details have been maintained, but the space is made very contemporary with color and styling.  The colorful table is by Fornasetti.

canopy bed by Clive Christian

This bedroom is from the Clive Christian Architectural Collection featuring bespoke design furniture and paneling commissioned in Ivory and/or Walnut and tailored with silver leafing to give it an air of modernity. The canopy bed shown here is the Mayfair Four Poster Bed in black walnut with pop-up TV lift in the foot-board. I love pretty much every room ever completed by this British company whose designs feature rich architectural details and excellent craftsmanship.

canopy bed by Kerry Joyce A

canopy bed by Kerry Joyce C

Los Angeles-based interior design and architecture firm Kerry Joyce Associates designed these two bedrooms. The rooms demonstrate simply refined spaces. Neither showy nor with a contemporary edge, these rooms have a classic understated purity that I knew many of you would appreciate.  I know everyone isn’t going to love all of the rooms shown, so I am trying to show a collection of rooms with something that everyone can love.  The beauty is in their simplicity, and the canopy beds are quite lovely.

canopy bed by Summerhouse

I found this photo on Pinterest but simply could not locate its original source.  I’m including it because I like how the canopy forms against the ceiling with layered crown molding with a normal bed under it.

canopy bed by Ralph Lauren Heiress Bed

This bedroom is from the Ralph Lauren Home Heiress Collection, which is inspired by Bohemian romance.  Artfully arranged rooms filled with eclectic, gently disheveled furnishings and luxe juxtapositions of rustic and refined.  The heiress bed is upholstered in Norbury Stripe Platinum/Mercury and the canopy is fabricated in embossed linen with lace panels on the inner side.  The bedding is composed of layers of various coverlets, duvets, and throws.

canopy bed by Ralph Lauren Home Apt No 1

Here we have another bedroom by Ralph Lauren Home, this one from the Apartment No. One Collection.  This collection features classic design furniture shapes and timeless menswear references invigorated by color and sheen, creating a world of sophisticated design and smart style for the modern Duke and Duchess.  The blacks and rich purples are splendid paired with the plaid canopy.

canopy bed Blakes Signature

canopy bed Blakes Hotel

canopy bed Anouska via Blakes bronze

Here we have three more enticing dramatic bedrooms created by designer Anouska Hempel for Blakes Hotel in London.  In 1978, Blakes debuted as one of the world’s first boutique hotels.  Hempel has since designed a number of other iconic hotels around the world.  Blakes in London has a very signature worldly style which I feel best embodies the designer’s personal aesthetic.  The first photo shows the Corfu Suite, which features an abundance of white fabrics and gossamer nets paired with exquisite mother of pearl furniture and hand painted white floors.  The second photo shows one of the striped Director’s Double Suites which takes its inspiration from Colonial Asia. The third photo shows the dark and sumptuous Library Suite which features bookcases lined with antique leather volumes, hand-stenciled wooden floors, and luxurious fabrics that cocoon the canopy bed.  Decadent Bohemian Luxury!

canopy bed by Jan Showers

I’ll close this collection on a calm note.  This bedroom comes from a Highland Park home completed by the Dallas based interior designer Jan Showers.  The room displays the designer’s signature understated glamorous style and includes Italian voile bed hangings, a Louis XV- style bench, and French blue silk duvet and pillows.  It’s not quite a true canopy bed since it technically doesn’t have a canopy at all, but it is in the same style adapted for our modern times.  The effect is light and airy.  Sweet dreams!

That concludes today’s design inspiration, my friend!  I hope you enjoyed these 18 dramatic bedrooms featuring fabulous canopy bed designs.  What do you think?  Let me hear from you in the comments!

Thanks so much for reading along with me.  Have a great day!

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