Designers style up four poster beds with a quirky two-tone treatment.
Giving four poster beds a two-tone treatment adds color as well as visual interest to an otherwise predictably conservative bed frame. And the idea is especially useful for updating salvage or thrifted pieces which are often repainted — but only one color! What I love about each of these two-tone four posters is that they are noticeably different and quite chic as well.
In an elegant London apartment, designer Stephan Eicker created a low sight line on a custom bed by painting the tops of the posts– as well as the bed’s head rail — white. Making that subtle adjustment visually de-emphasized the importance of the bed. Why? The ethereal Fromental silk wallpaper with a tone-on-tone custom Chinoiserie design. Leaving the bed posts dark would have dominated the room. Instead, the costly silk wall covering becomes fine art on the entire wall and helps to enlarge and heighten the room. Dark wood bombé chests used as bedside tables, and a low-backed tub chair upholstered in the same plum as the draperies, adds richness and reinforces the low profile of the furnishings.
Furniture designer Christian Liagre tweaked his four poster Zanzibar bed for the daughter of a client in Spain. The young woman is a fan of French painter Yves Klein who is known for his blue-violet paintings. As a tribute, the top half of the posts and the canopy rails of the bed were lacquered in a version of Yves Klein blue. While this is definitely a dark-on-dark treatment, the post joinery cleverly emphasizes blue lacquer as well.
(Source: WOI, House & Garden)
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