Give your bedroom a bold focal point with our tips for choosing the size, color, and shape of a stylish new headboard.
1 of 7Photo: Annie Schlechter
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.
2 of 7Photo: 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.
3 of 7Photo: Jonny Valiant
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!
4 of 7Photo: Jonny Valiant
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.
5 of 7Photo: 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.
6 of 7Photo: 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.
7 of 7Photo: 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.