Add a headboard to your bedroom decor and you'll instantly kick up the style of any bed. And for bonus decor points, headboards also make fab focal points. Here are some of our favorite headboard designs.
Let a pretty headboard set the style for your bedroom and you'll be on your way to decorating success. A fabric-covered headboard can help you make decisions about color, theme, and other furnishings in the space. In this bedroom, a blue-and-white toile headboard inspired the wall color. The patterns on the bedding are more graphic, allowing the delicate toile pattern to flourish even more. Using the same fabric on the bed skirt creates visual continuity and establishes the dominance of the pattern within the bedroom's design.
Keep the look light with a fretwork headboard. The geometric design is suited to modern spaces and a white finish is the perfect accompaniment to colorful accessories.
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A beautiful shape, a gorgeous material, and unique details are a sure-to-win formula for a headboard. This one in a nubby chocolate brown fabric gracefully stair-steps symmetrically and is accented by cording. If you're investing in a headboard, choose one in a pretty neutral that has both a great shape and extra details. It will withstand changes in your decor and will pair well with new throw pillows or a new wall color.
Get the best of both worlds with a wood headboard that sports an ample upholstered panel. This headboard has traditional posts on both sides, along with fluted trim around the linen upholstered panel, which contributes a casual vibe to a beachside cottage bedroom.
Headboards aren't just for grown-up beds -- they're an opportunity to add playful charm into a kid's bedroom, too. Here, matching headboards in a red-and-orange ikat pattern pop against neutral walls. And the pattern and simple headboard design will withstand the test of time. Now they are paired with kid-friendly stripes and polka dots, but they could easily be paired with more sophisticated patterns down the road.
Simplicity does the trick in this modern bedroom. Espresso-stained wood frames a taupe upholstered panel to craft a headboard that's understated, but not boring.
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DIY smarts are the driving force behind this headboard's stylish looks. After purchasing a 5x8-foot piece of medium-density fiberboard, the homeowners drew the headboard shape -- tracing a large, round clock to outline the top -- then cut the shape out with a jigsaw. They affixed a same-size piece of 2-inch upholstery foam and added batting. When the perfect fabric was nowhere to be found, a duvet cover proved to be an ideal substitute for the covering.
In an ethereal or calming room, choose a headboard with minimal visual weight to maintain the Zen. The geometric lattice construction of this headboard grounds the airy grays and whites in the bedroom without being visually disruptive. A similar pattern, turned on a diagonal, splashes across throw pillows on the bed for a unified look.
If an all-over pattern is too busy for your tastes, consider a pattern-blocking approach. Look for a headboard that only has pattern in select spots. This headboard features wide stripes of solid blue fabric alternating with stripes of a pretty ikat pattern. If you're DIY-ing a headboard, sew together strips of solid and patterned fabrics to get the same effect.
Keep proportion and room size in mind when choosing a headboard. A room with tall ceilings can handle a tall headboard, and a tall headboard -- such as this yellow-and-red block-print upholstered headboard -- can add scale to a small double bed. However, a too-tall headboard can dwarf the rest of the room.
A solid-color headboard can be just as dynamic as a patterned one, especially when paired with a pretty wallpaper. Consider wallpapering the wall behind your bed to turn the bed into a focal point, which will make a showstopping headboard the star of the room. If your headboard has a wood finish, match the stain to the other wood elements in your room, such as nightstands or chairs.
Nailhead trim is a popular detail on headboards and is usually applied just around the edges. This headboard uses nailhead to both outline the piece's border and to fashion a quatrefoil design in the center. Re-create the look by sketching a design on an upholstered headboard and adding the nailheads yourself.
Overscale black-and-white patterns pack a punch on their own, but when set against an electric-hue wall, the combination is wow-worthy. In this bedroom, a large-scale hybrid damask-paisley print is paired with a vibrant blue wall. Not sure you can commit to a room done entirely in such a standout color? Use the hue on just the wall behind your bed, and paint the other walls a lighter version of the same color.
Complete your pattern mix with an upholstered headboard. Evaluate the other patterns in your bedroom and determine what scale of pattern might be missing. In this romantic cottage bedroom, the mix needed more medium-scale prints. The comforter and wallpaper are large-scale and the bed skirt and bed pillows bear small-scale prints. A green-and-white checkered print on the headboard bridges the gap between large and small.
With a plain bedspread and neutral wall color, the headboard can be a perfect place to add a print. Pick fabric that blends in with the wall tone and bedspread for an elegant look. Or for a bolder statement, try a bright contrasting color. The large print in the fabric here breaks up a serene, monochromatic gray palette.