Designer Bedrooms: Four Poster and Canopy Beds

I just can’t seem to get the image out of my head. Designer Charlotte Moss showcased a gorgeous four poster canopy bed in her Aspen home that made quite a dramatic statement.

According to Wikipedia, a four poster bed is a bed with four vertical columns, one in each corner, that support a tester, or upper (usually rectangular) panel. A canopy bed is similar to a four poster bed but with ornate or decorative fabric that is often draped across the upper space between the posts and a solid swath of cloth may create a canopy directly over the bed. Here are some of my favorite designer bedrooms featuring four poster and canopy beds.

This guest room in an Ojai Valley, California estate was designed and briefly owned by interior designer Kathryn M. Ireland. Actress Reese Witherspoon now owns 6+ acre ranch style compound designed by Wallace Neff. While in residence, Ireland used her own colorful suzani inspired fabrics to cover the chunky four poster bed. The stunning long pillow is made of antique suzani fabric.

Designer Nancy Price created a formal, yet tranquil retreat in her master bedroom. The dark wooden Planter’s Bed by Hickory Chair contrasts beautifully with the soft, white bed linens.

In this nautical bedroom, designer Tom Stringer placed a traditional four poster bed between two matching 3-drawer sidetables. The sunny yellow sidetables coordinate beautifully with the bed’s headboard in Ralph Lauren’s Coastal Stripe. Keeping the room simple and serene, Stringer paints the walls, ceiling and antique chandelier white.

The antique barley-twist four poster bed makes quite a statement in this traditional master bedroom by designer Meg Braff. The room’s red, white and lime green color palette is beautifully balanced.

In this soft pink, white and brown bedroom designer Gary McBournie centers a Loire iron canopy bed by Niermann Weeks perfectly between two windows. The sweet bedside chest of drawers with monogram is a lovely touch.

The black anodized aluminum four poster bed by Ralph Lauren takes center stage in this modern bedroom designed by Kerry Delrose. The sleek carbon fiber CF1 chair in black leather also by Ralph Lauren gives this white, tan and black room a punch of color.

This tranquil bedroom was designed by Albert Hadley. The 18th-century folding bed in a soft shade of blue is covered in white linens to keep a simple look.

Wow. This stunning mirrored four poster canopy bed in this room designed by Jonathan Berger was based on a 1940s Serge Roche bed. I particularly like how Berger mixes the patterns – the geometric rug and stripes are brilliant together!

Are you sold on four poster canopy beds? For more information on manufacturers, interior designer Patricia Gray has compiled an excellent list of 10 Top Four Poster Canopy Beds.

*images from House Beautiful and Elle Decor

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12 Responses to Designer Bedrooms: Four Poster and Canopy Beds

  1. thelennoxx December 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm #

    Love them! You cant help but feel like a princess when going to sleep in a bed with curtains!

    The beds in the 3rd and 4th pic are goregous, but the off center chandelier in the latter really bugs me, lol!

  2. Deliciously Organized December 2, 2009 at 2:30 pm #

    Wow, I can't pick a favorite in that bunch…love the one with the sunburst mirror above the bed and the one with the preppy yellow and white stripes.

  3. Bromeliad December 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    Not a huge fan of four-poster beds (most of them are bigger than our bedroom). But I love the ones you've found.

  4. Kitty December 2, 2009 at 3:08 am #

    number 3 is sublime

  5. Visual Vamp December 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    What a great roundup!
    We have a four poster in out guest room.
    xo xo

  6. Lovely Scribbles December 1, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    How lovely! I have a four poster bed too, and I love the little details you share on the bed's background. I'm not sure if you participate in these awards, but I really wanted to include your blog, so I have a little something for you over on my blog!

  7. Pinecone Camp December 1, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    These all look so cozy and comfy. Night night.

  8. Patricia Gray December 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi Cristin
    Thanks for mentioning my Post. I love the beds you have featured!!
    Regards, Patricia

  9. Heather December 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm #

    These are such great photos…I wish I was snoozing in one of those comfy beds right now! I really like the yellow side tables.

  10. Isabella & Max Rooms December 1, 2009 at 4:47 am #

    I love a four poster bed, but have never seriously considered one for my own room, and come to think of it, a client's room either. Hum. I expect them to be in a very large room and have yet to have the opportunity to design such a room. Many of the images appear to be smaller rooms however, so perhaps I need to rethink my approach!

  11. Down and Out Chic December 1, 2009 at 3:08 am #

    that second bedroom makes me insanely happy!

  12. Averill December 1, 2009 at 2:05 am #

    I love the drama of a four poster bed. There was a four poster quatrefoil bed that was recently featured by HB in a Thom Filicia showhouse and I'm still COMPLETELY obsessed with it.