Magazine article Sunset

Bed Head: Master the Mind-Set for Two Tricky Beds-Canopy and Low-Slung-With Help from Designers Will Wick and Justina Blakeney

Magazine article Sunset

Bed Head: Master the Mind-Set for Two Tricky Beds-Canopy and Low-Slung-With Help from Designers Will Wick and Justina Blakeney

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CONQUER THE CANOPY

Bay Area-designer Will Wick (wickdesign.com) really loves canopy beds. "If I can fit one in the room, I'll do it," he says. "They're so cozy." His only complaint is that many four-posters feel squat. So when he designed this room for a San Francisco show house, he partnered with a metalworker to create a custom bed that soars. "People are afraid to get a bed close to the ceiling because they think it will feel cramped," he says. "But I thought, Let's take that chance." Wick draped the taller than-usual 8V2foot posts with wispy linen voile and kept the rest of the room spare to let the bed speak for itself.

1. CHOOSE FABRIC YOU CAN SEE THROUGH

Anything more substantial than a sheer canopy could make the bed look heavy. Wick's three favorite gauzy fabrics are linen and cotton voiles (1), and mosquito netting (available at fabric stores).

2. BE PICKY ABOUT ART A four-poster creates a frame at the head of the bed that begs to be filled. Hang artwork, Wick says, but choose a piece that's visually light (2); otherwise it can negate the airiness of the bed. JM84 Sin horizonte CaO J 98 by Jacinto Merino, $400; saatchi art.com.

3. GO HIGHER THAN YOU THINK WILL WORK

When reps for Restoration Hardware toured Wick's room, they were blown away by the custom bed and asked him to design a version for them. The result (3) stays true to his over-the-top post height. 19th Century French Iron Four-Poster Bed, $1,895 for queen; rh.com.

PULL DUVET CORNERS TO THE SIDE

Even canopy-lover Wick admits that making the bed is a pain. He tends to pull the corners of coverlets or duvets to the side, leaving a clean front (as in the bed above). The coverlet he used at left was thin enough to drape neatly around the posts.

4. HANG A LIGHT INSIDE THE CANOPY

In addition to a light on a nightstand, Wick likes to hang a pendant(4) over the foot of the bed. The resulting glow is extra romantic. Moroccan Flanging Lamps, from $198; vivaterra.com.

EMBRACE SIMPLICITY

"Less is more," was Wick's motto for this room, and he points to the billowy white window draperies, left, as an example. They don't compete with the canopy-and keeping things simple is a no-fail way to nail the look at home.

THE LOWDOWN ON LOW DOWN

When it comes to beds, Justina Blakeney (justinablakeney. …

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