Let Your Headboard Inspire the Whole Bedroom

A great headboard is a work of art that grounds a bedroom. Often, a show-stopping headboard creates enough of an effect that an area will feel full with hardly any additional decoration. But there are some basic components each room should have, irrespective of whether the headboard is a statement piece or a quiet partner encouraging other high-octane elements. The challenge is styling them to achieve a finished product that’s both beautiful and balanced.

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Elizabeth Dinkel

Background and headboards. The headboard inside this layout makes a bold statement, as does the wallpaper behind it. However, how the headboard is upholstered in a neutral good cloth makes the intricate silhouette leap off the wall. The night table, lamp and lampshade all signify a female softness, while the wallpaper introduces an adventurous note.


In case you have busy wallpaper you do not wish to hide, let it sing! A loud wallpaper will not always work nicely with an intricate headboard, but both absolutely coordinate within this composition. Along with the simple black lampshades inject a little edginess.

Alexander Johnson Photography

Colour, texture, pattern — a complete composition. While the wallpaper in this room isn’t especially loud, it is inarguably a design, but the designer didn’t shy away from bringing in additional patterns and bold colours (from the bed ), texture (from the deep tufted headboard), materials (burled wood nighttime table/vanity, high-gloss lamp base) in addition to artwork. There’s a lot to check at, but it’s all presented in such a way that you want to linger in the room a while to catch all the subtleties in the plan.

Dufner Heighes Inc

A standalone headboard. Once the headboard is a work of art, little to no embellishment is required. In fact, additional visuals may detract from the particular attractiveness of such a statement piece.

J. Hirsch Interior Design, LLC

After the headboard is a wall, the other elements in the room become exceedingly important. This room may seem dull, but the soft blue curtains, chandelier instead of a traditional bedside lamp and total lightness give this room a soft, airy texture.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

Above the board. What do you do with the space over the headboard? As we watched, a few folks leave it bare to great effect. However, if your wall and headboard are subdued, adding decorative or art things will make the room come alive.

A series of drawings, paintings and etchings provide walls measurement. Designers like to operate in odd amounts; one, three and five are favorites. In this composition, the patterned bedding is the thing that makes this makeup pop, breaking up the solid colours on the walls, headboard and doors.

Laura Burton Interiors

Pair a large work of art using a large headboard, particularly when the art is the dominant colour characteristic of the room. The bedside lamp within this layout is diminutive, allowing the art to take center stage.

Billinkoff Architecture PLLC

Among the greatest mistakes people make with art is hanging it too high. Sometimes, it’s not necessary to even hang it, ensuring it stays nice and reduced for optimal viewing. A headboard that doubles as a shelf affords a great art-leaning ledge. The scale of the art within this layout works especially well with the height of the headboard. In addition, I like the play of contours: The rectangular headboard pairs nicely with the unusual oval night table.

Brian Dittmar Design, Inc..

Play scale. A small painting hung over a strong headboard provides a little unexpected whimsy within an otherwise tailored room.

Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc..

I especially like the drama of scale used in this room with twin beds. The verticality created by the striped bedding, tall headboards and central lamp brings the eye up to the small examples over the beds.

I love this very small collection of the 3 bold paintings over the large headboard. The gray and white colour story gives the vibrant art prominence despite its small stature.

Studio Zerbey Architecture + Design

The low headboard within this room is underlined by the smart DIY wall treatment. This is a particularly great idea to get a room with low ceilings; maintaining the headboard low and supplying a lot of living room between the mattress and the art will trick the eye into thinking the room is taller than it is.

Here’s something you do not find every day: art hung right ON the headboard for complete integration of art and sleep!

Aristea Rizakos

Low art. It isn’t a requirement to hang art above a mattress. Install it alongside the headboard to get a more approachable height.

Pepe Calderin Design- Modern Interior Design

Consider maintaining things off balance. The asymmetrical position of the painting to the left of the mattress is balanced by the Gehry seat on the right, whereas the tailored headboard, bedding and matching night tables maintain the appearance from becoming out of control.

Caitlin Creer Interior Design

Fill out the wall. Don’t be fooled with the minimalist talk; if you are a maximalist, go on and fill those walls up. All the elements in this room — the bold headboard, bright bedding, sculptural lamps and art — create a playful makeup, thanks to beautifully coordinated colours.

Kathleen Burke Design

Employing mirrors. Traditionally, mirrors have been used to provide rooms the illusion of being big, in addition to reflecting light, which is a great solution to get a darker room. The light from a desk lamp in front of a mirror will bounce off the glass and fill other parts of the room.

Erika Bierman Photography

A small room gains from the same elements as a larger one. The round mirror over the mansard headboard is an enjoyable contrast, while all of the textures (mattress, headboard, floors, drapes ) provide the room sophistication and depth.

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