Dreamy Zen Bedroom Retreat

A couple likes styles on opposite ends of the design spectrum. Designer Kahi Lee creates a design they can both enjoy and turns their large bedroom into a peaceful Asian-inspired retreat for two.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionPadded rectangels of medium-density fiberboard give the headboard a unique touch.
A padded headboard is easy to make, and with a few simple tricks, it can look like high-end design. Design coordinator Spencer Anderson starts with a sheet of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and paints it a deep chocolate brown. He cuts 10 rectangles out of MDF and then cuts one-inch thick foam just slightly smaller than the wood rectangles. When the silk is upholstered to the wood rectangle, it creates a beveled edge. Placing those next to each other creates a contrasting rectangle in the center of the dark-brown panel and gives the entire headboard more dimension.