For any bedroom, the bed is the focal point of the room. It is also the place where you spend approximately one third of your life. Accordingly, it is important that you choose a bed that will not only be comfortable, but one that provides a great jumping off point for furnishing and decorating the rest of the room. Choose your bed carefully, and the rest of the room will fall into place.
Here are a few of the most popular options available to those in search of the perfect bed:
The sleigh bed is characterized by graceful, swooping curves at the headboard and footboard, similar in appearance to a sleigh. This bed is a beautiful one often favored by those who love rich woods and elegance. This is a large bed that commands a lot of attention in a room. If one of the sleepers in this bed is tall, the footboard may preclude comfortable sleep in a smaller bed. So, be sure to keep this in consideration when selecting this bed. Accompanying furniture and decor should speak to elegant simplicity.
The platform bed is a very simple bed and is great for rooms that seek a more casual feel or perhaps an oriental flair. The bed frame consists of a simple wooden platform, on top of which the box spring and mattress are placed. There is no headboard and no footboard. There are no side rails. The beauty of this bed lies in its simplicity. Like tofu or eggplant, the simplicity of this bed allows it to take on the flavors and characteristics of the surrounding decor. A platform bed sets the tone for a more simply decorated room. Oriental prints and lanterns work well with this bed, as do art prints and unique pottery.
Four Poster Bed
The four poster bed is old-fashioned elegance at its best. As the name implies, the bed frame has tall posts rising up from each of the four corners of the bed. The posts may be simple or ornately carved. Like the sleigh bed, this bed commands attention and dominates a room. Allow it to be the centerpiece it deserves to be by decorating the rest of the room simply and tastefully. If you are looking for a romantic room, with floral patterns and lace, this bed sets the tone perfectly.
Nothing quite beats the canopy bed for romance and mystery. The canopy bed is similar to a four poster bed, but has a canopy frame across the top so that a fabric covering can be draped across the top. Only the canopy itself may be covered in a fabric that ruffles or drapes around the edges. Or, a fabric drape can flow down all sides of the bed, veiling it in privacy. To achieve a similar result less expensively or in a more casual room, mosquito net bed canopies are available. A sheer mosquito net is shirred onto a small frame that is suspended from the roof and then draped down over the bed. This option works particularly well with a platform bed, above.
Copyright (c) 2005 by Leanne Phillips