Canopy beds have been making a statement for centuries, and they still remain a classic today. I’ve always admired their glamour, so I’m excited to see them trending in 2020. A cozy canopy bed makes for a perfect retreat, especially during this time of social distancing.
The History of Canopy Beds
A canopy bed is a type of decorative bed that has four posts on each corner of the bed frame and is usually connected with posts on top. In the past, they were almost always covered with drapes. Canopy beds were seen as early as the 4th century in China. They were often reserved for the wealthy and had rich, heavy drapes made from expensive materials like brocade silk.
In Europe, they were primarily used for medieval noble families who often slept in the same hall as their servants. The canopy drapes were used to create privacy. They also created an extra level of warmth since castles were often cold and drafty.
During the rise of the Renaissance, canopy beds became more elaborate with carved headboards and posts, inlaid paintings, and velvet fabrics. The canopy was usually the most elaborate part. It often costed more than the bed frame itself!
In 17th century France, canopy beds were the ultimate status symbol. In high society houses, they had “chambres” (suites of rooms where people also gathered). The bed was the most important part of the room. High ranking individuals often received visitors in bed. It was an honor to be invited inside. This declined after the spread of infectious diseases.
Canopy Beds Today
Canopy beds today are more minimalistic. They often forego lacy curtains in favor of bare metal frames. If drapery is used, it’s usually sheer fabrics and airy materials. Today, canopy beds are more modern and sophisticated. Although canopy beds still offer that luxurious feel, they are no longer reserved only for the wealthy. There’s now a wide variety available to suit a range of budgets.
Cozy Canopy Inspiration
This room instantly puts me in a calm and serene mood. The earthy textures and neutral tones turn this space into a soothing oasis. The wood and woven seagrass are also a nod to the biophilic design trend. The monochromatic color palette makes this bedroom look even more spacious.
This canopy bed is so unique. I love how the bedposts resemble trees, making it also fit the biophilic trend.
Yet another combination of the biophilic and canopy bed trends. The lovely, scenic wallpaper is a great backdrop to the bed and helps it stand out. The bare metal frame adds height and dimension to this cozy bedroom.
This is another way to create a canopy style bed and it’s inexpensive. It is simply made by draping a sheer net from an overhead structure. It makes the bed more of a focal point and adds an extra touch of elegance to the room.
This shiny and reflective silver bedframe is extra chic and glamorous. It pairs very well with the bright pink throw and lightweight drapes.
This chic black bed frame looks stunning in contrast with the gold wall decor and plush purple bench.
Canopy Beds Promote Wellbeing
Cozy canopy beds are the perfect choice for creating a relaxing oasis. Getting enough high-quality sleep is key in keeping your immune system strong. Studies show that a lack of proper sleep can weaken your immune system, making you more prone to getting sick once exposed to a virus. Your immune system also affects how fast you will recover after getting sick. Having a cozy bed helps you sleep and stay healthy.
I hope this post inspires you to create your own cozy retreat and get the rest you need each night to stay happy and healthy in the days to come.