Headboards: 36 Fresh Ideas
Send your bedroom to the head of the class with a design that's sure to make the grade.
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Over the Top
Make a bold design statement by choosing a floor-to-ceiling-length tufted headboard and surrounding it with glass and glitter. Design by sfa design
Head of the Class
Layers of Color
Powerhouse designer Barry Dixon combines a luxurious headboard with wall curtains and a bed crown. This complex blend of shapes and fabrics can be difficult to achieve, though Dixon makes it look effortless.
Wingback headboards add visual punch and a comfortable place to lean back.
Color Scheme Inspiration
Instead of a headboard, hang a piece of art — then use it as the springboard for your color scheme. Design by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab
Simple Yet Sophisticated
Designer Casey Noble mixes soft and edgy in her contemporary retreat. Trip: Use a large headboard to ground the decor in a small bedroom.
Traditional? Yes. Stuffy? No.
A super-traditional headboard gets contemporary polish with tone-on-tone graphic fabric. And check out how the polished horn lamps give the muted, feminine room color and balance. Tip: Read up on reading lamps Design by Coddington Design
This simple, rounded bedstead creates a simple backdrop for a mix of modern linens. Design by Darlene Molnar
Creamy layers of color and texture, from the leather bed to the cashmere throw, give a glamorous glow to this bedroom. Design by Jamie Herzlinger
Cozy Sleeping Nook
Tucking a bed into its own alcove provides a visual surprise as well as a sense of privacy. Design by Design Development
Hip to Be ... Well, Rectangular
This upholstered headboard provides balance, in both texture and color, for the room where the view is the focal point. Design: Gacek Design Group
Let Art be Your Focus
There's a white bed behind the sumptuous stack of pillows, but the painting on the wall behind it is what catches the eye. Art is a good substitute for a headboard in rooms (or budgets) where one won't fit. Design by Kerrie Kelly Design Lab
This beautiful rococo piece, paired with tapestries and small console tables, offers a modern take on European 18th-century designs.
This mirrored canopy has a built-in headboard, adding warmth and comfort to the sleek, reflective space. Design by S&K Interiors
Chandelier + Gallery Wall
Sometimes the best headboard is none at all. In a small bedroom, you can get the feel of a headboard with paint, a statement light and a gallery wall. Design by Emily Henderson
Consider using an antique textile as upholstery, like this 19th-century, embroidered silk Tunisian wedding garment. Design by Barry Dixon Interiors
Play With Tones
Designer Ammie Kim draws this airy room's color scheme together with wood tones. Design by Ammie Kim
This bedroom is the ultimate in English Country. The yellow trefoil-shaped headboard, graceful furniture and wainscoted walls are grounded by the richly hued Oriental rug. Design by Brian Coleman
If you love the rustic look, consider a custom wooden bedstead. You don't have to live in a cabin to pull off this look — it will work in rooms from traditional to modern, simply by changing out the bedding and accessories.
Platform Bed: Keep it Neutral
When shopping for large pieces of furniture, look for neutral upholstery that will be a base for several color schemes. Then rotate bedding seasonally so you don't get bored with your look. Design by Ammie Kim
Designer Benjamin Cruz embraced the modern style of this Fort Lauderdale, Fla., high-rise, and gave the homeowner a comfortable weekend getaway. Get the full story behind this contemporary master bedroom Design by Benjamin Cruz
A Little Extra Padding
Okay, so the idea of padded walls? Not usually comforting. But in this case, they're not only comforting, they're stylish. Design by Charles Pavarini III Design Assoicates, Inc.
Drew and Jonathan Scott gave a homeowners' existing wooden bed an update with plump pillows and lush bedding. Design by Property Brothers
This velvet and damask headboard takes on a subtle texture against a wall covered in the same fabric. The lavender backlighting echoes the color of the quilt. Design by Charles Pavarini III Design Assoicates, Inc.
Sleek and Cozy
Clean-lined furniture and colorful bedding make this a perfect spot for napping. Design by Last Detail Interior Design
Calming Sea of Blue
Blue is the dominant hue in this relaxing room. The gray platform bed is softened by the tufting detail on the headboard. Design by A.S.D. Interiors
Designer Sarah Richardson turned a contractor's basic room into this splendid space. The color inspiration? The views of the forest and river outside the house. Check out the full makeover at Sarah's House
Screen It In
In this room from Secrets From a Stylist, designer Emily Henderson uses the screen to add beauty and visually anchor the space.
An old-fashioned iron bedstead gets a boost from a bold, modern wallpaper. Design by Home by Novogratz
Art Deco and Loving It
In the Atlanta Decorators Show House, designer Jillian Prichard Cooke turned a bedroom into an Art Deco haven. The oversized headboard stands out against the navy walls, while the white finishes and the large mirror keep the room from being too dark. Design by Design Synergy
Looking for an inexpensive design solution? Upcycle old paneling or barnwood and hang it on the wall. You can paint it or make an oil-rubbed finish to bring out the wood's glow. Design by James Farmer Designs
A True Urban Oasis
Upholstered extensions on either side of the headboard make a queen bed appear larger in this modern-design. "It looks like you've got this big bed going wall to wall," says Lindsay Pumpa, designer of HGTV Urban Oasis 2013. Design by Lindsay Pumpa