Saturday, February 8, 2014

Decorating Your Bed With Gauze Canopies .......Dreamy And Exotic

Mosquito netting has a long history. Though use of the term dates from the mid-18th century, use of mosquito nets has been dated to prehistoric times. It is said that Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, also slept under a mosquito net. In interior design today it is thought of as a beautiful bed treatment that evokes a mysterious and exotic ambiance.

True mosquito netting is insecticide treated and has a nylon base.A better alternative is gauze which a popular fabric to create bed canopies, since it's often sheer. Tulle, chiffon and cotton also give a similar effect.Gauze is a versatile and inexpensive fabric that may be used to add texture, mystery and romance to a space.A bed canopy is the most common decor use for this style of netting. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to be creative because the fabric is so inexpensive. In the following pictures you will see different ways to construct and hang gauze ( or similar fabric) canopies. It can be a fun do-it-yourself project and there are many tutorials on line to help guide you.

Please be sure and scroll all the way to the bottom to see another wonderful project for mosquito netting and how it is used in the most beautiful way of all!

We tend to forget that what we think of as a lovely way to decorate the bed was a necessary defense against a very pesky problem in the South. To get a good nights sleep and not be eaten alive by insects your bed had to be outfitted with a form of netting.

The sheer gauze like fabric adds airy elegance to this beautiful bedroom.

A bed canopy is the most common decor use for this style of netting. Structured canopies, with gathers and supports sewn in, can be found inexpensively in department stores.

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In a space where a rustic tone is set by the construction and  furnishings, fine netting looks especially ethereal.

If you have a four-poster canopy bed, and desire a more artistic look, drape the canopy with lengths of the netting.

Any sheer fabric will give you a mosquito netting feel. This one has a subtle design woven in it that works well with the light, airy look.

Floor to ceiling is always nice!!

If your bed has no canopy, there are mosquito-netting hoops that may hung from the ceiling.

You can be as decorative as you like with your canopy.

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Soft color palettes are wonderful for using gauze canopies.......

Made by Nicamaka, the fabric is all unbleached cotton gauze and the "spreader hoop" is made of rattan. $89

The home of musician Kenny G

I like the Moroccan tent style.

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And I think this treatment is fabulous. Pieces hung on hooks at ceiling level and then raised on all corners via draw strings. Easy to do and "wow"!

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Soft color palettes are my favorites for using gauze canopies.......

.........however color is good too!

Decorating your bed with gauze is inexpensive, beautiful and slightly exotic.Sometimes you have to get inventive but there are ways!! Where there's a will....

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This is one you can do yourself with rods and pieces of gauze fabric.

This type of bed dressing also evokes a safari or a tropical Bali look for your bedroom. It depends on the furnishings and accessories you choose.

Nothing evokes the romance of the tropics like a bed swathed in billowy, white, sheer gauze.

The Medjumbe Island Lodge bedroom interiors

Evanson Resort, Thailand

This is a lovely treatment that is great for a DIY project.

And yet another style. Be creative!!

Mosquito netting canopies are most beautiful when used to save lives.

The chief preventive for malaria is the humble mosquito net and millions of deaths are caused by a lack of access to one. There are many good organizations that are providing nets and you can become a part of this life saving endeavor. Your donation can go a long way because of the cost efficiency of the nets. I have decided to make it part of my family's giving and I hope you will too.

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This blog post was published by Lisa Farmer

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