The ultimate bedroom luxury, canopy beds are gorgeous statement pieces that take any style space to the next level. They’re large-scale pieces, so they’re ideal in a spacious master bedroom or a guestroom. But even in large spaces, canopy beds can be tricky to design around given how much height and room they occupy.
If you’re looking for canopy bed ideas for your bedroom, first decide on the style you want. There’s a wide range of canopy bed frames available, from ones made with wrought iron to solid wood pieces. You’ll also want to think about whether or not you’ll hang fabric curtains with your frame, which can influence the look and feel of the canopy bed style you choose. From there, you can move on to the interior design part and start thinking about the canopy bed decor you want above and around it.
To help guide you along, we rounded up our best tips for decorating around a canopy bed. We’re here to help make your adult canopy bed dreams come true! Read on to find our answers to some of the most common design dilemmas with canopy beds.
How do I lay out a bedroom with a canopy bed?
Generally, you can arrange your canopy bed in the bedroom just as you would any other bed frame type—against the largest wall, between windows, tucked away in a corner, etc.
Just be sure to pay extra attention to height with canopy beds. If you have a low or slanted ceiling, consider placing your bed under the highest ceiling point, or you can opt for a bed with shorter posts.
Here are two easy layout ideas to try:
Layout Tip #1: Centered In The Room
Canopy beds put emphasis on the symmetry and balance of your space, so if you’re not sure how to set up your bedroom, we always recommend this classic layout approach.
You’ll want to center your canopy bed along largest wall and keep the headboard against it. This gives you an easy foundation to arrange the rest of your bedroom furnishings. Go for pairs of furnishings, from armchairs for the foot of the bed right down to matching table lamps and pillows. It will play out a symmetrical look, but it also makes for a layout that’s sophisticated, functional, and perfect for a master bedroom.
Layout Tip #2: Floating Off A Wall
If you have the space in your bedroom, you can have a little more fun with your canopy bed placement. A chic layout approach is to have your canopy bed floating off the wall.
Floating simply means placing your bed away from the walls—either in the center of your bedroom or at an angle for a more dramatic effect. One of our favorite ways to add even more drama to canopy beds is to give them curtains. If you happen to have floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows, floating a canopy bed with sheer curtains (or just any light, opaque fabric) near them will give the bed a luminous look and make your space feel like a luxurious hotel suite.
How do I choose nightstands to go with a canopy bed?
This is a frequently asked question and understandably so! It can be hard to find the right bedside table when it comes to canopy beds given their towering scale.
The good news is that it’s pretty much the same as looking for nightstands with any other bed frame. Size, shape, and material all are factors at play. But there is one design rule of thumb: Go with matching nightstands or don’t have nightstands at all. Mismatched bedside tables have no place in a bedroom with a canopy bed because it throws off the visual balance.
Here are two great tips for finding nightstands for your canopy bed:
Nightstand Tip #1: Choose By Size
As with any bed, choosing the right height nightstand is probably one of the first and most important factors to consider. This will vary depending on the size of your canopy bed.
For starters, remember this golden rule: Your nightstand should be equal height or a few inches lower than the top of your mattress. Also, your nightstands should be substantial in size and proportional with the size of your canopy bed. Because canopy beds are so large and tall, you want bedside tables that don’t look puny next to them.
We often suggest solid nightstands as opposed to open styles to visually balance out the large open canopy frame—especially if you’re going with a more sculptural design, like an arched wrought-iron bed.
Nightstand Tip #2: Match Materials
An alternative approach is to tie your canopy bed frame and nightstands together visually based on common materials or finishes. This is perfect for canopy beds that feature unique materials and details.
Here, the canopy bed has a black frame and brass accents and nighstands were chosen to match that aesthetic. This is a great way to create a more polished and cohesive look in the bedroom since the matching materials will make the bed and nightstands feel like a set.
Another way to connect materials is if you’ve decided to hang curtains with your canopy bed. Depending on the fabric you choose, you can pick your nightstands based on the color and texture of the material. For instance, a blue fabric might inspire you to go with bedside tables that have painted blue drawers or knobs.
How do I hang art over a canopy bed?
This is another frequently asked question we get about canopy beds! Hanging art above a canopy bed will create an instant focal point in the bedroom, but it’s more tricky than a normal bed since it has to be placed just right. If not, your entire bedroom will look off-center.
The good thing is that you do have a defined and contained space to work with. Try to think of the bedposts as a picture frame for the art you’re hanging. There are a few approaches you can take.
Here are two ways to mix art with canopy beds:
Art Tip #1: Framed Focal Point
The easiest way is to center art between the back posts of a canopy bed. This does two things. First, it turns the area above the bed into an instant focal point in the bedroom; second, the art acts as a makeshift decorative headboard. This is a more formal way to showcase artwork, so it’s ideal for any master bedroom.
Art Tip #2: Spanning Art Wall
For canopy beds that don’t have a boxy frame, you can, well, go outside the box. Hang a series of art pieces extends from inside the bedposts to the outside of them, so that the works span across the wall behind the canopy bed. This creates a dramatic gallery wall effect in the bedroom that feels less formal but is nonetheless captivating. If you need some bedroom art inspiration, check out this awesome list of ideas for what to hang on the wall above your bed.
How do I add lighting around a canopy bed?
There are a few ways to do this. First, consider the type of lighting you need: Is it one overhead light above your canopy bed? Or do you want something more ambient? Or is it directional/task lighting that’s missing in your bedroom? No matter the lighting, it’s an essential interior design element to consider when decorating around canopy beds.
Here are a few tips on incorporating different lighting sources:
Lighting Tip #1: A Central Chandelier
The great thing about canopy beds and chandeliers is that they’re practically made for each other—they both add a sophisticated and elevated look to the bedroom. If you love the idea of one statement hanging light in the master bedroom, center it over your canopy bed for a bold and balanced feel. Just make sure the chandelier doesn’t hang too low—at or just above your canopy bed top is an ideal level.
Lighting Tip #2: Flanking Sconces
Sconces, like canopy beds, draw the eye up in a bedroom and emphasize symmetry. A pair of sconces above nightstands flanking your canopy bed are highly functional. They free up surface area on your nightstands and they also serve as practical reading lights. If you’re adding fabric curtains, consider mounting sconces inside the back posts of your canopy bed.
With sconces, you also don’t have to match them to your canopy bed. In fact, sconces that contrast with the bed’s material will help add depth and interest to your bedroom.
Lighting Tip # 3: Bedside Table Lamps
The most traditional bedroom lighting option is table lamps. With canopy beds, we recommend two of the matching lamps that are decently sized and scaled so that they look proportional to the bed. In this space, the canopy bedposts are tall, so short lamps would look odd. Instead, the taller table lamps help balance out the lower-profile of the platform canopy bed design.
How do I keep the canopy bed from overtaking the bedroom?
This is a common concern! Canopy beds have a lot of presence. It’s easy for one to overwhelm a bedroom. Which is why it’s key to round out the spaces around the bed with equally bold nightstands, art, lighting, and other furnishings and accents. Hanging solid-color fabric curtains (or using sheers for bed curtains) can also help ease the impact of more substantial wood or metal canopy beds.
Here are two clever ways to balance the focus in your space:
Design Tip #1: Open Up Your Space
Flank your canopy bed with matching mirrors, pendants, and bedside console tables (if you have the space). Adding these captivating elements to your bedside will bring a formal touch to any master bedroom. But they will also even out the focus so that they have equal visual impact as the canopy bed. Also, mirrors will help open up the look and feel in the bedroom, so definitely consider them for above your nightstand, especially if you have a substantial solid-wood bed.
Design Tip #2: Play Up Negative Space
If you have a more streamlined and slender canopy bed, balance can simply be leaning into a more pared-down look. This is a very stylish use of negative space, where the emphasis is on the minimalist, openness of the bedroom. While there’s very little decor and the room is largely neutral, the windows and the view of the outside become the art. The overall simplicity perfectly balances out the slim bed frame.
Wondering how a canopy bed would look in your bedroom?