Five ways to dress a four-poster bed
Originally designed with curtains to combat draughty bed chambers in the late 14th century, the four-poster bed was always a sign of style and wealth. Beds of the nobility were ornately carved, inlaid, painted, and decorated - The Great Bed of Ware is a prime example of this grand style.
Since then, the four-poster has evolved in style, becoming lighter under French influence, and is now constructed using metal rather than traditional oak. No longer reserved for the monarchy, four-poster beds are now an increasingly popular choice for those who are looking to introduce a wow-factor into their bedroom.
Today’s four-posters are much more versatile than their predecessors; from a thick heavy canopy to just a bare frame, you can dress it to suit any room or mood.
How to dress a four-poster bed:
Cosy & minimalist
For a cosy minimalist look, a simple sheer length of fabric loosely draped from left to right creates an airy, summery vibe.
For a hint of drama, drape fabric to create a ceiling for your bed. Either just covering the top or have it run it down as a headboard to frame your bed.
Light it up
Decorate your four-poster bed with fairy lights in place of curtains for a magical feel.
Not technically accessorising the bed itself, but a great way to dress it would be to find a complementing droplight to hang down the centre, casting a soft glow over you. This works especially well with a metal four-poster bed.
Plants are very on trend at the moment, if you've got a green thumb why not decorate your bed with these too?