Published on January 19, 2015

country swedish

Delicate but unpretentious. Straight or curved high-head- and footboards, with panels sometimes upholstered or caned.

modern plaform

Low, minimalist, masculine. Substantial, but works well in small spaces because it has no footboard.

sleigh

Wood versions hail back to the Roman Empire. Contemporary upholstered ones are more comfortable.

baroque

Style dates back to 17-century Europe. Intricately carved wood headboard. Opulent and majestic. Consider keeping other furnishings spare and modern.

four-poster

This form dates to the 15th-century, but there are very modern options. Tall and commanding it can make ceilings seem higher.

iron canopy

Style dates back to 19th-century France. Feminine, grand. Floats nicely in the middle of a room. With a canopy of fabric, it’s even more romantic; bare, it’s architectural.

upholstered

Glamorous and luxurious, yet handsome. The padded back is comfortable for reading in bed. Nail-head trim and piping can be used to accentuate the shape.

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