Saturday, November 09, 2013

On My Mind: Bed Coronas and Half-Canopies

Traditional Kids by Menlo Park Architects & Designers MC3 Design Studio
I adore coronas or a half-canopy or basically anything drapery-related above a bed.  But there is something that is so regal, so French, about a corona.  Sometimes referred to as a "half-canopy", a corona is often a half-circle, oval, round, or curved shaped apparatus used for bed hangings above the headboard of the bed. One of the simplest coronas is in the picture, above, a simple wreath-like oval garland of metal with rods on the inside to hang the curtains. I love this sort of corona because it is simple and because the emphasis can be on the beautiful material and trims that you have.  I especially favor the look where the inside is a solid color and the outside is a print or floral although the other way around is nice as well.  This corona is very French to me because it is used with a sleigh bed and it's not at the top of the headboard but at the side of the bed which is placed against a wall.
     Below, coronas look great with twin beds, or in this case, with twin cribs.  These ornate coronas use a striped silk material with a solid interior.  This corona has a pleated valance that looks quite ornate and is trimmed with thick fringe trim. Look at that wonderful chandelier! (I don't really know that I care for a dust ruffle that puddles quite that much in a child's room however).
Traditional Kids by Garden Grove Photographers V.I.Photography & Design
   Above, a pretty girl's bedroom gets its feminine touch from a balloon shade style corona.
Traditional Bedroom by Miami Interior Designers & Decorators William R. Eubanks Interior Design, Inc.
   Above is one of my all time favorites: this elegant design features a print on the inside of the hangings and a solid that matches the curtains on the outside.  The design is very elegant with an understated edging and the more elaborate fringe trim on the curtains only. 
   Below, the yellow and blue combination is perfect for the bedroom since it is both sunny and soothing.  The wreathed, scalloped corona here has simple hangings with an outer print that matches the curtains.
Eclectic Bedroom by Los Angeles Interior Designers & Decorators Timothy Corrigan, Inc.
   Below, half canopies look great above larger beds where a corona may be too small.  
   The valance part, if there is one, can be tailored to match the room whether the room's decor is modern, transitional, or traditional. The treatment immediately below is certainly not overly fussy!
Traditional Bedroom by Pepperell Window Treatments The Seamstress Shop
    Above, the silk is beautiful and this treatment shows that it is not necessary to have a lining for a pretty corona.
   Below, one of my favorite rooms ever! The half-canopy has an elegant design; the headboard accentuates the curtains with its contrasting print, and the whole effect is lush and comfortable.

1 comment:

Roberta Fox said...

These are great photos. Coronas are indeed, a very lovely touch to create the regal feel on a bed. A soft mattress and pillows will also complete the look! Haha. It kind of looks like the head of a typical 1450's princess. With those drapes, you’ll have a bit of privacy and an elegant atmosphere.
Roberta Fox