Decorating with Headboards

Give your bedroom a bold focal point with our tips for choosing the size, color, and shape of a stylish new headboard.

Starting Point

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Starting Point

Use a favorite fabric to inspire your headboard’s shape, or vice versa. The Asian motif on this pretty coral fabric complements the pagoda-inspired shape of the headboard, and paired with grasscloth wall covering, gives the bedroom an exotic island feel.

Play with Scale

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Play with Scale

This dramatically-sized headboard steals the show without overwhelming the room. Repetition of the wall color on the headboard's frame and the fabrics found on the bed keeps the look simple.

Go Monochromatic

Photo: Jonny Valiant

Go Monochromatic

If choosing a color palette is overwhelming, stick to different shades of a favorite color. Repeating different tones on accessories, and even the lampshade, keeps the look cohesive. Just be sure to limit the look to one room, else your home may resemble a crayon box!

Employ Contrast

Photo: Jonny Valiant

Employ Contrast

If a monochromatic scheme isn't your cup of tea, use colors opposite each other on the color wheel to create a unique palette. Here, the pale turquoise walls are an icy contrast to the warm red quilt. Fabric on the headboard that contains both colors pulls the look together.

Pair Patterns Wisely

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Pair Patterns Wisely

The floral-and-vine fabric was the inspiration for this green bedroom. The designer smartly balanced the large scale pattern with striped and gingham check fabrics in the similar colors and tones.

Use What You Have

Photo: J. Savage Gibson

Use What You Have

A pair of twin headboards can stand in for a larger one. This is especially useful in a guest room, where a variety of options might be needed. Simply pull the beds apart when two twin-sized beds better fit your guests’ needs.

Repurpose a Vintage Find

Photo: Philip Clayton-Thompson

Repurpose a Vintage Find

With a little imagination, nearly anything can be made into a headboard. Here, a damaged – but still pretty – mantel was converted into a one-of-a-kind piece.

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