Sweet and soft, a canopy makes the bed a special room within a room.
A custom-made canopy tops off a grand four-post bed. The tailor-made piece fits the bed like a glove and the scalloped edge mimics the curve of the upholstered headboard. The tan canopy contrasts with the dark linens and wood bed frame
A bare metal bed frame is softened with a length of organza. The sheer material is gracefully draped around the frame. Such a simple touch makes it easy to re-drape or change out the fabric.
No canopy bed? No problem. A system of rods suspended from the ceiling is a great impostor. Crisp panels are hung from the four corners and are mobile along the rods, just like curtains. The rods are painted to match the picture frames on the wall below. The white canopy enhances the airy feel of the white bedding.
Canopies can also be more structured, as with these tapestry curtains that graze the floor. The fabric is weightier and the panels are narrower to maintain balance with the bed's delicate wood frame.
Mosquito netting is a sleeping essential in tropical environs. The wispy canopies keep bugs out but let breezes in. In more temperate climates, the style is more aesthetic than functional. In this space, the mosquito netting canopy keeps with the tropical theme of the room.
For a less lavish look, opt for a more diminutive canopy that cascades around a bed's headboard. To create the look, a wood valance was built to extend from the wall. White sheers were mounted to the interior of the boxy valance. The canopy ties in with the room's country French style and yellow and blue color scheme.
Originally, canopies served the practical purpose of blocking chilly drafts. Furnaces now regulate temperature, but canopies can still evoke a cozy feel. Draped silk cocoons this bed and flows to the floor for a snug sleeping space.
A sloped ceiling and beams create an upward focus in this bedroom. The mosquito netting canopy draws the eye up from the bed to the grand ceiling. The sheer fabric also softens the angular lines of the architecture.
Surrounded by windows, this canopy bed has a sweeping 360-degree view of nature. Plants and an earthy color scheme bring an organic feel to the space. The black canopy bed grounds the airy space and the style lends an Eastern look.
A room all in green is quite the decorating feat. But the look is pulled off in style with layers of texture and pattern and shades of green with yellow undertones, yielding a warm impression. The canopy is styled to mimic another window.
A country look gets a sophisticated update with a vintage rose print canopy. Blue from the bed and quilt is picked up in the fabric to coordinate the look. Pink and white touches round out the room for a country-chic style.
This glamorous canopy bed takes advantage of the room's soaring ceiling. The wrap of sheer curtains turns the bed into a cozy island in the clouds. The subtly iridescent fabric sparkles in the shifting light.
Fabric panels are mounted to the ceiling with a few nails for a DIY canopy that frames an elegant bed ensemble. Blue trim frames the white fabric and also matches accessories found throughout the room.
Pairing spicy colors with crisp whites is a surefire way to concoct an eye-catching design. Sheer panels were hung from a circular rod above the bed. Note how the tear drop design from the pillows is repeated on the sheers. The foot of the bed is crowned with a richly patterned duvet to break up the white.
A steeply sloped ceiling presents a decorating challenge. The angled ceiling leaves no room for a full-fledged canopy. But this faux-canopy gives the impression of the real deal. Striped fabric extends up from behind the bed and follows the angle of the ceiling. The canopy is nailed into place above the foot of the bed and an extra foot of fabric hangs down to create the canopy edge.
The beauty of canopies is their versatility. Rather than being mounted at the headboard, this canopy is suspended from the ceiling above the middle of the bed. The lacy canopy drapes down and over both sides of the daybed for a romantic look.
A pool of material is a dramatic finish to even the simplest white canopy drapes. The extra length creates a flowing, organic line against the structure of the four-post bed. When pooling drapes, ensure the extra material is safely out of the traffic pattern.
A daybed tucked away in a corner is the perfect spot for a mid-day snooze. Coordinating fabrics make the space as pretty as it is functional. A full canopy in coral and green plaid conceals the bed. Throw pillows in similar hues serve as a backrest so the daybed makes a comfortable couch.
What more appropriate way to top off a regal bedroom than with a crown-inspired canopy? The corona is draped with fabric that spreads to the four corners of the bed. The royal theme is carried with rich trim and tassels, antique furniture and accessories.
Canopies span an array of decorating styles. The modern, clean lines of this pencil-post bed are softened with yards of gossamer draped over the top. A gentle gathering of curtains are tied back at the headboard. For a touch of color, a purple rug was brought in to contrast the black and white bed ensemble.
An elaborate bed deserves an elaborate finish. This bed is crowned with a lined tester top. The tightly shirred white fabric is anchored with a center rosette. Absent hanging panels, the gracefully carved posts are shown in all their glory. The draping white bedspread and skirted table further reflect the stately motif.