Quite often I have people come to me that are looking for that “special” bed for their master bedroom. If you know anything about antique iron beds, you’ll know that they came in more shape’s and designs than you could count. I’ve been in this business for around 40 years and continue to see beds that I’ve never seen before. The foundries and designers of iron beds back then were constantly trying to outdo their competitors. So coming up with fancy scrolled Victorian designs were common place and more prominent today than you might think.
Are there simpler more straight line designs? Absolutely…….How do they look in a room after they’ve been appropriately dressed. In short ……. more bedrooms than not, should have a plainer more simplified bed frame. Unless you’ve decorated your entire home to reflect an ornate scrolled beauty….. it’s going to stick out like a sore thumb. Don’t get me wrong…… I love scrolled Victorian, Art Nouveau bed frames. But I’m also the first to acknowledge that fancy has it’s place, as does straight and simple. The Craftsman era was popular for that exact reason. People wanted to get way from the fanciful Victorian styling and even Deco was more opulent than they wanted. So straight lines and simple designs found a home in the Craftsman Era.
Although the period of time that metal beds were being produced was in the 1800’s, many of the styles that were coming out of that span of time were designs that wouldn’t become popular and actually have the classification of Craftsman until some 50 years later. Those simple designs that were being produced back in the mid 1800’s are now quite coveted by people with more Austere/Craftsman homes.
So does simple have a place in good decorating…….absolutely. Many setting can’t handle anything but simple. Anything else would be out of place.
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