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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.