Pretty Headboard Decorating Ideas

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.

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    Bold Contrast

    A headboard is an opportunity to go big. Select a design that stands out from the rest of the elements in your room. Here, a crisp white headboard pops against midnight blue walls. And don't think the details are inconsequential -- where would this headboard be without its oversize nailhead trim?

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    Print Mix

    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.

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    Don't Fret

    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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    Why Your Bedroom Needs a Headboard

    Watch and see what a headboard can do to improve your bedroom.

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    Showstopping Headboard

    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.

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    Matched Up

    If you find a fabric you love, why not use it twice? Here, a modern damask silhouette dresses up both the window shade and the headboard. 

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    Two for One

    A pair of wicker headboards become fit for a bigger bed thanks to some clear fishing line, which secures the pieces together. Rich navy blue paint gives the vintage pieces current appeal.

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    Mixed Materials

    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.

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    For the Kiddos

    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. 

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    Sleek Design

    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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    Headboard Plus

    While a headboard can be a showstopper on its own, adding something a little extra can take it to the next level. Here, plaid fabric elegantly drapes down from an antique corona above the bed, surrounding the headboard with tailored panache. 

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    Industrial Edge

    Mixing a steel frame with handsome knotty boards yields a headboard ripe with industrial edge. Gray bedding blends with the metal frame and provides cool contrast to the warm wood finish.

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    Vintage Charmer

    Mimicking the look of paneling, this charming headboard suits a cottage-style bedroom. The olive green color is earthy and soothing, while the gentle curve of the headboard design adds feminine grace. 

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    DIY Headboard

    See how easy it is to make your own upholstered headboard with our step-by-step video!

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    Graceful Shape

    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.

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    Headboard Geometry

    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.

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    Selected Pattern

    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.

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    New Heights

    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.

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    Rock Solid

    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.

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    Functional and Practical

    If you want the function of a headboard, but want a more subdued look, keep the shape of the headboard simple. A headboard the same color as the wall will also help the feature to blend in.

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    Nailed It

    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.

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    Graphic Design

    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.

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    Double Drama

    Both the scale and finish of a headboard can be sources for drama. Here, a black lacquer finish on the headboard frame adds glossy sophistication, while the soaring posts draw the eye up toward the ceiling and the unique purple-and-white crown molding treatment.

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    Headboard Pattern Play

    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.

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    Creative Cutouts

    Keep a headboard visually light by opting for an airy design, rather than a solid fabrication. Here, a white headboard provides the perfect contrast to turquoise walls, and the background makes the geometric design pop.

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    Curtain Case

    Consider using a curtain panel as a headboard. It takes the room to new heights by extending the eye upward and adds a jolt of pattern to a blank wall. Simply install a curtain rod on the wall above your bed and hang a curtain from it, using decorating hooks for extra panache.

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    Pick a Print

    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.

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    Daybed Decoration

    Upgrade a dull daybed to the status of a beautiful focal point with a fabric-covered headboard. The printed fabric matches the colors of the pillows, creating the perfect retreat for an afternoon daydream. This simple addition kicks the style up a notch in any room.

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    Clean White

    For a clean, crisp look, white is a good option. This headboard picks up on the bedspread color and frames the bed, but its main purpose is to let the green accents stand out.

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    Cheap and Chic DIY Headboard Ideas

    Make a personal statement in your bedroom retreat with a pretty headboard for the bed. These DIY ideas will show you how to make a genius headboard from everyday items like wood shims, old shutters, and upholstered panels.
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