A friend of mine had come to my house for a visit. It was her first time there since I had decorated, and I decided to give her a small tour. When she walked into my bedroom, she exclaimed over the canopy that I had put above my bed. Made from a sheer, burgundy table cloth that had been used at my wedding reception, I used clear push pins to fasten it to the ceiling in order to form an elegant canopy. My husband and I both find that it enhances the romantic feel of our room and my friend felt that it would do the same for hers.
Giving in to the insistence that I come create a canopy for her and her husband in their bedroom that day, I followed her to her house. In her bedroom, she handed me four strips of sheer material, similar to what my canopy was made from, that were a dark shade of crimson. I used three of them to create the canopy over her bed, complete with rosette at the front. Because I still had one strip of cloth left, I made a matching valance over her windows for her. My friend absolutely loved it and she couldn’t wait for her husband to get home that evening to show it to him. It was exactly what she wanted and she hoped her husband would be just as appreciative of it as she was.
When her husband walked into their bedroom after getting home from work, he was horrified. He said that it would be like sleeping under “a bloody salmon net.” My friend was really disappointed that her romantic idea for sprucing up the bedroom was shot down so thoroughly. Needless to say, the canopy came down that evening. The window valance, however, is still up, so she got to keep a little piece of her new bedroom décor.
A lesson was learned that day. Just because the wife loves it, doesn’t mean the husband will agree. My tip to you: Get opinions from both people on bed canopies before investing your time and effort in making one!