Because of the size of second bedrooms in today’s homes, more and more interior designers are using multiple iron beds in the same room. The ideal thing is to find two that are alike. The second best thing is to find two beds that are similar and look good together. When similar “finishes” are applied, it helps tremendously in having different designs look appropriate with each other.
Because “similar” beds, being used in the same room, are getting quite a lot of press in magazines, everyone thinks it’s a simply thing and that there really isn’t any restriction on what style beds will go together in the same room. And physically any two beds can go in the same room. But will they look good? Not necessarily .
In the enclosed photo, an unnamed decorator has put together two antique iron beds that share no common design element. They couldn’t be more opposite. One of them is a 1″ diameter tube horizontally across the top and the other is 3/8″ solid rod curved over the top. One has straight dense verticals. While the other has an extremely sparse design on 45% angles. One bed is mint green and the other one is a distressed white chipped finish.
My first experience with someone putting two different beds in the same room was Ralph Lauren back in 1990. They used them in a catalog photo……..and they worked beautifully. But then Ralph always has had great taste in decorating.
So don’t let this scare you into thinking you’re not capable of selecting two appropriate beds for the same room. Look them over see if they have any similarities. If so, you’re on the right track. Remember……..”finishes” can help tremendously in tying them together