The practice of putting netting over beds began for practical purposes, versus decorative purposes. Mosquito nets help prevent transmission of many insect-born diseases. However, the fine mesh of the net also has a light and hazy appearance that provides an airy decorative accent. Mosquito net or tulle have both gained popularity as a way to decorate the bed and turn a boring room into an attractive retreat.
Headboard netting hangs from the ceiling and down the wall, but does not cover the bed. It serves as a decorative background, much like a headboard. The layered design can consist of assorted colors, such as a long piece of aqua blue tulle sandwiched between two lengths of white tulle. The netting can hang from a plain wall or a decorative medallion in a way that forces the material to cascade straight down to the floor.
Combine mosquito netting and a four-poster bed for a minimalist style. A thick, long piece of netting wraps around the upper left pole, upper right pole, lower right pole and lower left pole. The netting ties into a small bow around the last pole, leaving the ends long enough to hang to the floor. The resulting design looks like a decorative frame around the top of your posts with a subtle bow accent.
Give the typical canopy a modern twist with a box-frame over the bed. The black frame consists of four rectangular posts with rectangular planks at the top of each post to create a rectangular outline above the bed. Floor-length, ribbon-trimmed white tulle hangs from inside the rectangular outline on the left, right, front and back sides of the bed. The top of the bed remains open for an unconventional style.
Princess netting is a popular feminine accent that provides a half-canopy around the pillow area of the bed. Tulle, usually white or pink, hangs from a sturdy circle that looks like a decorative embroidery hoop. The netting hangs from the back and sides of the hoop, leaving the front area open.
The fancy hoop hangs from the ceiling above the bed so that the tulle falls around the back and sides of the pillow area. Decorative accents, such as dangling beads, flower appliqués, ribbon trim or a crown-shaped hoop, can give the netting a fancy flare.
The traditional way to use mosquito netting is to hang it from the ceiling so the net falls around the sides of the bed to the floor. The top of the net gathers and ties into a tight knot. The knot hangs from the ceiling, positioned above the middle of the bed. The long netting falls around the bed to create a sealed barrier from insects.
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