Design Lesson
Aug 18, 2011

The decorated daybed

By: Lauren Flanagan

The decorated daybed Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
Aug 18, 2011

The decorated daybed

By: Lauren Flanagan
Fresh colours and playful patterns mingle here, infusing this space with a lively rhythm. The curvy upholstered valance projecting out from the wall defines the sheltered nook and provides a canopy from which to hang a delicate light fixture. A take-notice art wall adds personality, while straight-hung panels enclose the area, creating a nestling cocoon of comfort.

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The look
A natural place for showcasing textiles, a daybed is perfect for layering pattern, colour and texture. This vignette looks polished thanks to upholstery details like the fringe along the curtain panels, which adds a fun flourish, and the piping along the edge of the curvy valance. Heaps of toss cushions offer colour and coziness.

The palette
Achieve a decorator look by mixing patterns and colours. Classic robin’s egg blue breaks free of its shell with a sprightly pattern that blends seamlessly with the rest of the soothing palette. The warm mustard yellow and rich brown live harmoniously with the cool hue, providing a colour combo that’s appealing and practical in any space.

Want to bring the decorated daybed look home? Our contributing design editor Christine Hanlon makes it easy with four daybeds and matching accessories to suit any style.

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{1} Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Clifton Lounge, from $2,355, Elte. {2} Fairfax side table, $819 US, Bungalow 5. {3} Morse table lamp, $230, Crate and Barrel. {4 & 5} Linen White on Gray Tabitha and Stella cushions, 18" x 18", $450 each, Y & Co.

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{1} Brighton daybed in White, $999, Crate and Barrel. {2} Tanner pedestal table, $629, Ethan Allen. {3} Ralph Lauren table lamp, $840, Union Lighting & Furnishings. {4 & 5} Velvet Pintuck cushions, $32 each, Urban Outfitters. DDaybed-urbanLetters.jpg
{1} Lubi daybed in Olive, $899, CB2. {2} Clear Peekaboo nesting tables, $249, CB2. {3} Nelson Crisscross Pear Pendant light, $405, Design Within Reach. {4} Die-cut River Rock cushion in Green and Natural, 11" x 18", $154, {5} die-cut River Rock cushion in Natural, 16" x 20", $185, Bev Hisey.  DDaybed-refinedLetters.jpg
{1} Quinn daybed, from $2,480, Sarah Richardson Design. {2} Barbara Barry for Baker mahogany fluted table, $4,215, Studio B. {3} Porta Romana Chalk Giacometti Leaf table lamp, $3,130, South Hill Home. {4} Cotton Alina cushion, 23" x 23", {5} $90, velvet Malta cushion, 20" x 20", $70, Crate and Barrel.

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The decorated daybed