By Domino Staff

Published on January 19, 2015

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country swedish

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

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modern plaform

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

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sleigh

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

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baroque

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

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four-poster

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

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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.

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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.