Functional and versatile, a daybed is a good solution when you need a room to work as a living area during the day and a bedroom at night. However, function is not the only criterion to consider when shopping for a daybed -- style also matters. If the look you're after is cute and cozy, you're in luck, as there are many options that fit the bill.
Swirly, curly wrought iron, whether antique or new, is a charming look for a daybed. Wrought-iron daybeds may be left their natural black color, or painted, often white. When it comes to bedding, quilts, lace and ruffles go especially well on wrought-iron daybeds with lots of ornate detailing, and as a result look charming in a girl's bedroom or a quaint, cottage-styled guest room. Those made with straighter, less ornate detail look more masculine and tailored.
Sleigh-style daybeds are so named because the headboard and foot board both curve outward, resembling a sleigh. Sleigh-style daybeds offer a very classic, refined look that mixes well with most traditional decor styles. These daybeds are especially cute when they are painted white, or when the headboard and foot board have a more exaggerated curve. This style is quite versatile and looks appropriate with just about all types of bedding.
Another charming style is Victorian. Victorian daybeds often feature ornate carvings and moldings for a vibe that is overall elegant and rich. They look especially pretty when dressed in lace, flowers and other feminine bedding, and go well in a feminine room.
Wicker or Rattan
While traditional white wicker furniture is cute, another charming option is the canopied, contemporary wicker daybed available these days. They resemble tents or tiny palaces. Some are designed specifically for outdoor use, but could also be used inside in a charming princess-themed room.
Cute doesn't always mean flowery and girly, and a contemporary daybed can certainly look cute. Just imagine a sleek, minimalist daybed painted in bright glossy orange, made up with a graphic, large-scale floral quilt and coordinated striped shams. Add a large, hot pink paper lantern above and a shaggy lime-green rug below, and you've got a super-cute contemporary look.
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